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Afghanistan Blues

Dinah Zeiger

in Land of the Unconquerable

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520261853
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948990 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520261853.003.0006
Afghanistan Blues

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The new media provided Afghan women with a means of circumventing mainstream mass media to directly address a worldwide audience. Burqa-clad women pose a problem for Western viewers because of the way photographic images work. Several videos illustrate how YouTube offers different perspectives on the conditions of Afghan women. “Blue Burka,” a short video uploaded from fatamorganaclub, seems to be a subversive commentary on the oppression of the veil. The lyrics suggest a gender switch, as does the name of the group that posted the video, fatamorganaclub. A short video titled “Afghanistan: Women Entrepreneurs” focuses on the activities of women who have turned traditional women's work into economically viable businesses, some even with global ambitions. The priorities for the Afghan women's rights activists are security and access to economic self-sufficiency. Alternative media offer Afghan women a venue from which to communicate their issues and interpretations without the filter of mainstream media.

Keywords: Afghan women; Afghanistan; Blue Burka; fatamorganaclub; YouTube; Women Entrepreneurs; burqa

Chapter.  5278 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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