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Land of the UnconquerableThe Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women$
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Jennifer Heath and Ashraf Zahedi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520261853

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520261853.001.0001

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Afghanistan Blues

Afghanistan Blues

Seeing Beyond the Burqa on You Tube

(p.103) Chapter 5 Afghanistan Blues
Land of the Unconquerable

Dinah Zeiger

University of California Press

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

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