The Hidden World of Girls
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Hidden World of Girls: Girls and the Women they Become
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is NPR's collaborative year-long, ongoing series between The Kitchen Sisters
, NPR and listener submissions
. The series explores
"stories of coming of age, rituals and rites of passage, secet identities—of women who crossed a line, blazed a trail, changed the tide.
NPR and The Kitchen Sisters are looking for stories from around the world — from the middle of the city to the middle of nowhere.
We're looking for the women who are leading the meetings and the girls who are breaking new ground: the famous, the infamous, the unknown and the unsung. We also want to document rituals girls undergo across the world. What rites of passage do they face? What trails have they blazed? What kinds of secrets do they keep?
The series to date:
* Open Diary
: Chronicling The Hidden World Of Girls. "As part of the Hidden World of Girls project, we're looking to create a database of intimate diary entries. With enough of them, they could form a comprehensive tapestry — from elation to depression — of life experiences. We already have a small collection on Flickr."
* A Woman's Mission: To Teach Birth Control In Nigeria
. "When Chris Abani was a boy, he toured the Nigerian countryside as an interpreter for his mother, Daphne Mae Hunt, who wanted to teach women about their menstrual cycles as a form of birth control."
* Deborah Luster
: The Power of a Picture After her mother's murder in 1988, Deborah Luster found herself coping in an unusual way: by photographing inmates. (Previously on MeFi.)
Bonus: Deborah Luster's Hidden Kitchens
* Taking Surprising Risks For The Ideal Body
. "Every culture has its idealized woman — a standard of beauty that is sought and valorized. And everywhere around the world, women are altering themselves to achieve the look that is celebrated, from cosmetics to liposuction. The Jamaican vision of beauty keeps evolving."
* For Traveller Women In Ireland, Life Is Changing
. "Travellers, "the people of walking," are often referred to as the Gypsies of Ireland. Mistrusted for the most part, their traditions and lifestyle are not well understood within the larger culture. Historically, they were nomads who moved in caravans and lived in encampments on the side of the road. Their tradition as "tinkers" or tinsmiths, and as the breeders and traders of some of Ireland's best horses, goes back hundreds of years."
* In Secret World, Girls Of The '60s Advised The Beatles
: 'Science-fiction writer Pat Cadigan and her friend Rosemarie DeCaria imagined a world where they maintained a "secret exclusive contact with The Beatles'"
" from listeners.