What the photo of the “three miniskirts of Kabul” taken in the 1970s tells us

As soon as the Taliban “took back” Afghanistan, the photo of three young women in miniskirts, in Kabul in the 1970s, went around the world via social networks, as a symbol of the ongoing regression. And immediately, on these same social networks, an avalanche of comments, even articles, to clarify (object?) That this photo gives a false image of Afghan history, that it shows three women from an upscale neighborhood ( Shahr-e-Naw) from Kabul. Privileged people with access to education in a country where, at the time, only 10% of the population escaped illiteracy.

As a result, the almost untruthful nature of this image is often put forward. As if we were wrong in thinking that this

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