The world of the pustular and doubting teenagers
February 9, 2012
While some Dutch adolescents still play with dolls, their peers in Pakistan spend their young lives as transvestites. In this episode our worldwide reporters visit all different types of teenagers, all suffering their own teenage issues.
Sixteen year old Akshay from Pakistan is fascinated by boys. Ever since he was little he realized he is not attracted by girls. When reaching the age of puberty, his hormones started to peak and from then on he could no longer conceal his sexual preference. Now, he resorted to ladyboy Kiran who introduces Akshay in the world of Pakistani drag queens.
Myrthle from the Philippines prefers being a loner rather than being part of a fancy group. She likes going to school dressed up as her favorite cartoon figure. With her huge blond wig and her tight latex dress you can hardly find a trace of an insecure teenager. "I like to be different", Myrtle proclaims. A confident way to survive puberty.
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Another survival strategy would be: don't let go of your childhood. Chany from Amsterdam is 18 years old but still plays with her dolls. However, these are not ordinary dolls. We're talking about expensive Japanese ball jointed dolls that cost over 500 euro. Serious business, but worth every penny if you consider that it really makes Chany a happy teenager.
But not all teenagers are able to let themselves go this easily. Take for example the Zulu's in South Africa who put their teenage daughters under a virginity test. Today, it's 14 year old Thando's turn. Madam Thembesile inspects Thando down her skirt to check wether or not she has been seduced by attractive boys from her class.
Metropolis plunge into the world of puberty. New reports online February 16 at 9.00 pm.