Archived: Representations of Afghan women in the US media today

**Note: I recently sorted through some old blog posts that I either never posted, or that were posted on an old blog. So I will be adding a few here just to have them all in one place. Enjoy!***

May 3, 2012: Yesterday I defended my Master’s thesis that dealt with a US feminist organization’s campaign for Afghan women and girls. Later that day, two people that were at my defense shared with me an NPR story on a young Afghan woman that came out yesterday, and wanted to know what I thought. So, this is what I think! Continue reading Archived: Representations of Afghan women in the US media today

Thoughts on the PBS documentary “The World Before Her”

I’d been hearing about “The World Before Her” and had been wanting to see it for a while, so I’m glad I finally took the time to sit down and watch it. The documentary juxtaposes two different lifestyles for young women in India: a more conservative, traditional lifestyle of young women in a Hindu nationalist training camp, and the second of young women competing in the Miss India beauty pageant. The conflict in lifestyles put India at a crossroads: should it embrace or resist Westernization (in terms of consumerism and beauty ideals)? Continue reading Thoughts on the PBS documentary “The World Before Her”