January 23, 2014

On Feminism, Diaspora, and Giving Back: An Interview with Amar Rao

AMAR RAO IS an intrepid Silicon Valley entrepreneur, whose specialty is the high technology sector. He currently heads marketing, sales, and business development for a start-up company. Additionally, he is the San Francisco Bay Area chapter head of Pratham USA, the American arm of the Indian education [...]

April 06, 2013

On sexuality education: an interview with TARSHI

TARSHI (Talking about Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues) is a Delhi-based NGO that works on sexuality with an affirmative and rights-based approach. It runs an infoline on topics related to sexual and reproductive health, HIV, contraceptive choices, sexual and gender identities, violence, safety and pleasure. The organisation is also involved in training, advocacy and research. [...]

June 22, 2010

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Apu Free Trail Of Cialis, THE DVD OF LOVE, Sex aur Dhokha has been lying around at home for some time, but it was only over this weekend that I got around to watching it. Directed by Dibakar Banerjee (of Khosla ka Ghosla fame), LSD is actually three stories in one, with peripheral links to each other, Free Trail Of Cialis india.

The first one is a mushy love story, the second an MMS sex scandal and the third, Free Trail Of Cialis ebay, about the media's voracious appetite for 'stings'. It is the second and third stories that really hold your attention; the first one is slow to heat up and I almost forwarded a little of the first 10-15 minutes. Yet, my mind keeps going back to it, 250mg Free Trail Of Cialis. (This post isn't a movie review though.)

*Spoilers here, beware!*

When the love story of Rahul, aspiring director at a film institute and Shruti, the "Simran" of his film begins, it is hard not to think of this love story as more a paean to DDLJ than anything else, Free Trail Of Cialis. Cheesy like the film they are making, it is hard to imagine that Rahul and Shruti really love anything beyond the feeling of being in love. Free Trail Of Cialis japan, And yet, given the conservative family Shruti comes from, there is no possibility of their dating or getting to know each other. Love must lead to an elopement and marriage almost immediately, Free Trail Of Cialis craiglist. Rahul's blithe confidence that after marriage, the family will "come around", Free Trail Of Cialis paypal, is almost revolting to watch in its stupidity. Free Trail Of Cialis, The end, when it comes, is gruesome, even though nothing of this honour killing is really shown.

Just yesterday, the Supreme Court has issued a notice asking the Central Government (and a few states), why they are doing nothing to combat the recent spate of honour killings.

The thing about us Indians is that we pride ourselves on our superior 'Indian values'; we lose no chance to deride Western societies for their (alleged) lack of affection, Free Trail Of Cialis usa, 'family values' and morality. Nowhere is this more evident than in our smug attitude to the upbringing of children. 750mg Free Trail Of Cialis, It is so common to hear people talking as though Indians are the only people that know how to bring up children well - everywhere else, children are neglected, spoilt, abused and grow up to have no love for their parents, 200mg Free Trail Of Cialis.

And yet, this is the country where a good chunk of people are all too ready to sacrifice their children in the name of honour, Free Trail Of Cialis us, society, family name and blah blah. Honour killing is one extreme end of the spectrum, but the unwillingness to accept children's choices and their happiness as a primary consideration exists in many other forms, ranging from emotional blackmail to being 'cast out of the family'.

Gajar-ka-halwa aside, we need to stop kidding ourselves. I suppose we have good and bad parents like everywhere else, but no magic beans that qualify us as the best parents on earth.

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May 30, 2010

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Apu Can Tetracycline Be Taken With Atripla, GOOD GIRLS DON'T TALK to Boys. And vice versa, although an exception may be made for good boys who are simply lured by bad girls.

Recently, I came across this new item that talked about a young girl in a Chennai engineering college who killed herself because she was ticked off for talking to a boy. It wasn't just the scolding she received which precipitated the suicide, 10mg Can Tetracycline Be Taken With Atripla, but the fear that her parents would have been informed of her heinous crime - talking to a boy. 150mg Can Tetracycline Be Taken With Atripla, Strangely, this new item did not shock me. For those of us who have spent many years in Chennai, 30mg Can Tetracycline Be Taken With Atripla, the ultra-conservatism of its colleges, Can Tetracycline Be Taken With Atripla overseas, especially those offering professional courses, is no news. For years now, 100mg Can Tetracycline Be Taken With Atripla, many such colleges have enforced rigid, Can Tetracycline Be Taken With Atripla usa, gender-segregation policies. Some of their diktats include no conversation between male and female students and separate seating areas on college buses and in classrooms, Can Tetracycline Be Taken With Atripla. Lecturers are asked to strictly enforce these policies and some colleges, like the one in this instance, Can Tetracycline Be Taken With Atripla craiglist, have even installed cameras to monitor students. Can Tetracycline Be Taken With Atripla mexico, All this is done in the name of 'preventing distraction' and asking students to 'focus on studies'. The fact that college administrators deem 18-20 year olds as incapable of managing their own academic work without coercion, says something about the quality of education these colleges impart, Can Tetracycline Be Taken With Atripla coupon. Surely, Can Tetracycline Be Taken With Atripla us, if they had any confidence in the calibre of their own teaching and infrastructure, they would be confident of enabling students, not coercing them. Can Tetracycline Be Taken With Atripla, Beyond that, there is a deep-rooted fear of 'children getting spoilt', and of course, interaction with the opposite sex is held to be the root of all spoiling. Dig deep enough, and at the base is the fear of young people making independent decisions on their own lives - decisions that could challenge long-held beliefs about marrying within the boundaries of caste and social status. Rein the girls in long enough (until they finish studying) and get them married soon after (so that they don't have time to fall in love with the 'wrong' person). College authorities are not isolated tyrants - many are the parents I've seen supporting them enthusiastically in their gender-segregation drive.

As young people in India begin making their own decisions - whether it is in the matter of careers or partners, the ire of those in authority becomes manifest. Haryanvi Khap Panchayats and Chennai professional college administrators bear a closer resemblance to each other than may be obvious.

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March 20, 2009

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Lumigan 0.03, AT THE PRESCHOOL that I run (where I also teach), there’s a certain action song we sing that goes like this:

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...and by the time we come to “Be like teacher, Shh, shh, shh!” I’m ready to pop a vein, 250mg Lumigan 0.03.

Since school is located in an affluent Gujarati-dominated neighborhood with a disproportionate share of stay-at-home-mothers (SAHMs) and business-absorbed fathers, the children exposed to these stereotypical gender roles do, 20mg Lumigan 0.03, in all likelihood, go home to the same images where they get reinforced. [Note: I do not mean to tar all SAHMs or business-owner fathers with the same brush. The point is specific to my experiences at my preschool.] And then I’m met with wide-eyed disbelief when I tell them that girls are pilots too, Lumigan 0.03 us.

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I observe them at play, loath to interfere, 30mg Lumigan 0.03, making sure both genders have gender-neutral and –specific toys within easy reach, and then watch a little resignedly as most girls twiddle spoons in tea cups while the boys use balls as missiles. Lumigan 0.03 ebay, I wince when I watch a parent absently hand out a stuffed animal or doll to their daughter and darts to their son. And then wonder: how much of this is physiological and how much is so ingrained that we’re unable to separate our socialization from the hard-wiring of our brains.

Is it okay to let them believe only grandmothers have the right to a kitchen because that’s what they’ll likely see anyway or is at least a minimum level of exposure on available options necessary. I tend to veer toward the latter choice in the hope that a little boy or girl may someday remember that gender roles and boundaries may exist, 200mg Lumigan 0.03, but if personal happiness lies in ignoring them, then so be it.

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December 20, 2007

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Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin, SEVEN YEARS AGO, I attended a wedding reception that I will never forget. A few months previously, I had just had a baby and this wedding was one of the first occasions when I was going out with the new arrival. It was quite traumatic for me: all I wanted to do was meet friends and enjoy a few conversations; instead I had to worry about feeds, secluded rooms and diapers.

There were three of us at a table – my (then) husband and I, and an old college friend who was independently a friend and colleague of the husband. U and G started to talk while I tried to calm a cranky child unused to so many people, Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin coupon, or to loud music and noise. The conversation between them was animated and mostly about work, Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin. Then, in a natural pause in the conversation, G turned to me and stared blankly for a minute before gathering her scattered wits to say:

“So.”

Silence.

I raised an eyebrow, but it’s unlikely that she saw it in the ill-lit corner of the garden where we were seated. Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin ebay, “How are things?”

“Fine,” I said.

“Good,” she said and turned back to U to talk office gossip. Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin, That was the sum of our interaction. I could see her struggle to find something to say to me. This despite the fact that we had many friends in common; that we were more or less in the same area of work; that we studied in the same places for nearly four years. That was when I was first struck by the attitude that some people – among them many women – have to those who have just had a child. The general attitude seems to be that if you’ve just become a mother, Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin paypal, your brains must be leaking out with the breast milk and no conversation that does not include bodily functions, is possible.

I, on the other hand, was heartily sick of poop and washing and feeds and sleepless nights and wanted to forget for a few hours that I had ever had a child, Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin. In the years that have passed since that evening, I have often wondered why this should have been so. It is not that I have ever regretted having a child. I certainly am not a bad parent. 200mg Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin, But I also know that I need time that is mine, entirely adult and unattached. Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin, I’ve never regretted the times when I’ve left my son to go out on my own, on work or with friends, to party or to watch films, to travel or do things that have no direct relation to child-rearing.

Is my determination to have some part of my life unfettered by the demands of parenting ‘unnatural’ or ‘unfeminine’. Do I do it to seek the approval of those who are not limited to the narrow business of motherhood and all its concerns. Why do I think talking about motherhood is ‘narrow’ while talking about cinema or poetry is not.

When I was in college, studying Renaissance literature, I came across this quote while writing a paper for a conference on feminism: “I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart of a king, Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin japan, and of a king of England, too;”

I was struck by the construction of the sentence. It was part of a speech Queen Elizabeth made to her soldiers while urging them to fight against the Spanish Armada, Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin. Notice the way in which she assigns definite qualities to genders, but brings them together in her own person while simultaneously equating herself with all England. If she is a woman in some respects, she seems to say, 250mg Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin, she is a man in other ways, ways that count; that she is willing to rise above the qualities that make her a woman and become like a man – and not just any man but the King of England and therefore the foremost male in all the known world of the time.

What is unusual is that many decades into the feminist movement, we still feel the need to make these arbitrary and entirely spurious distinctions about what constitutes the ‘feminine’; we still judge in favour of those qualities that we consider are not overtly ‘feminine’.

Is it more feminine to talk about children. Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin, Less feminine to not want to talk of them. Which is better.

I read a fair number of blogs, among them a few written by ‘mombloggers’, Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin india. These women – and men – talk about their children, about parenting, schooling, and a thousand other things that they feel strongly about. Recently there has been some unpleasantness as a result. One such attack said, in its own defence, that it was all right to say what was said because the post was only pointing out how the momblog in question ‘obfuscate[d] the absence of a career with the presence of a uterus.’

It was an astonishing statement, Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin. It not only assumed that ‘career’ meant specifically, 500mg Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin, something that made you get out of the house at a certain time, dressed in a certain way, to go to an ‘office’ and return home several hours later (women working from home while also looking after children clearly do not have a ‘career’. Presumably they are amusing themselves with the jam while their husbands earn the bread and butter); it also assumed that all parenting concerns automatically abdicate the call of the brain (or the heart – another apparently masculine organ) in favour of the uterus; and finally, assumed that these conversations were taking place exclusively among women.

‘Uterus’ seems to spell ‘natural’, and therefore nothing that requires effort or the exercise of reason. One is either born with a uterus or not, Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin overseas, so there’s no need to make a big deal of what comes out if it; worse, talking about it all seriously is an affront. Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin, This reminded me so much of G that evening seven years ago, when she had nothing to say to a woman who had just had a child. At that time I met her discomfort with silence, vowing to never inflict my private and necessary absorption with motherhood on anyone else. I even resented the ways in which motherhood suddenly tied me to my gender.

At that time, 40mg Nursing Responsibility Of Erythromycin, it seems now to me, new mothers were a ghetto unto themselves, incomprehensible and separate from the regular world of working women, doomed to silence in the absence of places to talk about the gestalt shift in their lives. Now, it appears that new mothers have not only found a few rooms of their own, they have become articulate and noticeable.

In the process, if they have once again embraced all the things that were traditionally considered the province of women – absorption with children, their bodies, the looking after of hearth and home, whether to resume a career or not – it is ironic that the call to shut up about these things comes not from other women who have fought long and hard to claim other areas as their own, but from a man who is annoyed by how popular these women are but is not especially seized by any doubts about what the persistent binaries might mean to our understanding of gender.

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September 18, 2007

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Clomid Success Rate, A WELL-KNOWN TV news channel in English had a Women’s Day special recently, asking the question ‘Do we still need feminism?’ As someone who has worked with the Karnataka police for the past few years on issues of violence against women and children (and is a feminist), I found it startling and disturbing, that so many participants on that talk show – including a senior woman police officer from Punjab – had no sense of the extraordinary moment of crisis we are in, as a country, as a ‘civilisation’, as a community of human beings.

India is missing from its population, over 50 million women and girl children (Census of India, 2001). ‘Missing’ because they are either killed (before birth, immediately after birth, or during their lifetime; one estimate says that five women die every day over dowry disputes) or are trafficked (for commercial sexual exploitation, labour and other activities). Fifty million is five crores, 50mg Clomid Success Rate, i.e. approximately the population of Karnataka; as I tell the police officers who participate in our workshops, there would be unimaginable worldwide horror if a bomb wiped out Karnataka tomorrow, but this ‘bomb’ of gender-based violence has been quietly exploding all over our country, in our homes or in a home near us, and there are very few who hear or see it. There is another ‘bomb’ that also exists: of those who are not killed, 40mg Clomid Success Rate, but who die many deaths in their every day living.

…What country, what civilisation, what humaneness. What future do we give ourselves, as citizens of the 21st century, if we cannot understand the depths of violence to which we subject so many of our women, Clomid Success Rate. Yes, we do live lives of seeming contradiction, Clomid Success Rate paypal, and that should not surprise us, or be an excuse for a lack of awareness. We need to acknowledge that for many women – perhaps you and me - the India of today contains a multitude of opportunities and possibilities. But at the same time, we need to acknowledge that for many more women – perhaps the unborn child next door or the abused woman down the road -- the India of today does not exist. Because they do not exist. They have been destroyed from the very landscape that is this country.

The Gender Sensitisation and People-Friendly Police Project Clomid Success Rate, is a joint partnership between the Karnataka State Police and UNICEF, with support from women’s and children’s organisations and committed individuals across the State. Over the past three years, 20mg Clomid Success Rate, we have trained over 3500 police officers, from over 500 police stations, on the issues of violence facing women and children, and the kind of sensitive, responsive policing that can help protect and support these women and children. Clomid Success Rate india, It may seem surprising, but many of these police officers – both men and women – are able to analyse for themselves, at the end of the workshops, exactly how we are socialised into individual prejudice and structural discrimination. That it is untrue that ‘women are women’s worst enemies’; after all, a system of patriarchy which privileges male ownership and control over assets, opportunities and values can be abused by and be abusive of, Clomid Success Rate craiglist, both men and women, though to varying degrees. Would a mother-in-law who has freedom, mobility and self-confidence as a human being -- not just as a ‘mother’ or a ‘wife’ -- oppress her daughter-in-law. Does every man want to be a police officer, Clomid Success Rate. What if he wants to be a Bharatanatyam dancer?

Men and women can also share other values: of equality, Clomid Success Rate canada, of dignity, of respect. At birth, we did not choose our homes, our parents, our language, our caste, Clomid Success Rate coupon, our religion, our names…or our bodies. How then, do we end up discriminating on the basis of these very identities as we grow older. The police officers who are willing to listen, Clomid Success Rate mexico, who become more conscious of the multiple levels of discrimination and violence that women face, who are willing to change, may never have heard this definition of feminism: ‘the politics that is committed to challenge and change the systemic injustice that women face because of their sex’. Yet they are feminist in their actions, and I applaud them.

This was first published in the March ('Women’s Day Special') issue of Sattva, an online magazine for 'realising equilibrium in social change'.

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Anasuya Sengupta has worked for many years on issues of violence against women and children and police response, feminist advocacy and multi-generational leadership, 30mg Clomid Success Rate, and is passionately against fundamentalisms of all kinds. She's from Bengaluru, but temporarily living in Berkeley. Her personal website is here and she can be contacted at anasuya[at]sanmathi[dot]org..

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