Saturday, May 19, 2007

Going Native: My First Burqa

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4 comments:

shagada said...

Did you actually wore it to town?
I heard it's really expensive by the way and that not all women can afford it. I kindoff understand that you joke about it but it's a bit weird still.

alisa said...

Shagada --
I haven't worn it to town yet, though I plan to do so, mostly for the sake of anonymity.
The cheapest burqa costs 250 Afghanis ($5), which is not cheap, considering police make about $70 a month or less. However, it's not like you need to buy a new one that often.
I've written a long article coming soon about burqas -- who wears them, why, how the burqa trend is changing. I'll post it soon.
By the way -- who's shagada?

best,
alisa

habibi said...

"going native" is a tired statement almost always used by privileged people to make fun of indigenous poor and/or nonliterate people.

alisa said...

oh habibi dear -- someone thinks i'm making fun of the poor and illiterate of afghanistan? my main focus here is to report the stories of the poor, illiterate and downtrodden. may i make light one day so as to smile amid the sadness? i come from a long line of poor, nonliterate people. please, i would rather make fun of the rich.