Dressing Up

I found this article in the New York Times fascinating. It’s about how families in Afghanistan sometimes turn one of their girls into boys, for social reasons. They dress as boys and act as boys, until they reach a certain age, when they are expected to morph back into young ladies.

A really interesting article.

It reminded me of reading at Uni about German playwright Else Lasker-Schuler. Lasker-Schuler was a Jewish German avant-garde poet and playwright around the turn of the century, who was finally forced to flee Germany when the National Socialists came to power.

For thirty or forty years, she took on the identity of Prince Jussuf, cross-dressing and referring to herself as Prince of Persia, even pretending to speak Arabic. Eccentric? Yes. Fascinating also.

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