November 21, 2012

On Writing, Civil War, & Feminism: An Interview with Nayomi Munaweera

NAYOMI MUNAWEERA IS A Sri Lankan-American author and artist. Her first book, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, was published in September 2012, and I interviewed her about her work–as a writer, a feminist, and a member of the South Asian diaspora.   DB: Hi Nayomi, welcome to Ultra Violet! Could you tell us about yourself […]

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October 28, 2008

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Last week, a really crazed slime-ball decided to scrap me on orkut with the words: “Tell your lover to change his glasses.” My lover doesn't wear glasses. In these circumstances, what exactly was this almost-stranger trying to say, Zithromax Hearing Loss. For a long time, I didn't have any clue, Zithromax Hearing Loss india. Treating that scrap at its scrap value, I deleted it and moved on. Then, subsequently, the cause of such a sarca(u)stic comment became apparent. Among the several photographs I had uploaded on my profile, there was also a snapshot of a statue of revolutionary Dr Ambedkar. Zithromax Hearing Loss, And, in an inspired moment, I had captioned it: “the man i love the most.” I can't see problems with that because I was merely putting to words some of my own feelings. 500mg Zithromax Hearing Loss, My idol was now my lover, and viola, this scrap comes to me. How am I supposed to view this. Clearly, the scrapper wasn't someone who had problems with my words alone. He had overstepped boundaries (which in themselves are hazy things). What was he trying to achieve with that comment apart from the obvious cheap thrill, Zithromax Hearing Loss.

I would have really ignored this except for two other events. One, 100mg Zithromax Hearing Loss, my blog stats at reveal that I am either being stalked, or that someone is seriously trying to dig up every piece of scandal/gossip about me. But since there's no visible injury to my person so far, you can safely hazard a guess about what's happened to my persona. I have, as a matter of fact, become a gossip item in a popular Tamil weekly. Zithromax Hearing Loss, Among other things, I find myself being linked with, shall we say, a certain die-hard Ambedkarite. Zithromax Hearing Loss coupon, Next, someone on Facebook takes a fancy to send anonymous messages to greet me morning and night.. And, out of curiosity, when I ask that quirky soul as to who he is, pat comes the reply, Dr Ambedkar.

If one looks at this a little closely, there's a clear pattern emerging, 20mg Zithromax Hearing Loss. In the virtual world, as in my flesh and blood existence, I am obsessed with issues of caste and gender. I can understand that this scrap, these go-ogle look-ups, these anonymous messages are somehow intrinsically connected both to the fact that I am a woman, and that I happen to be involved with Dalit issues, Zithromax Hearing Loss.

I know for sure that such jabs cannot affect my belief in Ambedkar's ideology. But, let us assume for a second that I was not writing about caste and gender, but rather about issues that are more visibly linked to women's sexuality: abortion, Zithromax Hearing Loss uk, aids, or queer rights. Imagine for instance that I blogged about the escalation of lesbian suicides in India. Will it be construed that I am writing solely out of personal experience. Zithromax Hearing Loss, Will I be taken for the token lesbian on this blog space. Will people stop at that, or will such folks stalk me all the way home, and once there, tell my father, who never browses the Internet, 30mg Zithromax Hearing Loss, that his daughter takes only lovehers. I know, deep down to my bones, that this is scary. Not because these regressive people or their actions.opinions matter, but because I believe that this could be affecting my self-expression. This menace can harm me and my writing in ways that I might not be able to delineate, Zithromax Hearing Loss craiglist, or even worse, be aware of myself.

Although one is aware that there are laws against defamation in place, how can these be put to use against anonymous trollers and orkut-scrap-posters and their like, Zithromax Hearing Loss. Forget the case of independent writers, do we actually have any mechanism to punish ALL those who are abusive on the web because of the anonymity that it provides. We do come across one or two men getting arrested for posting derogatory comments about Sonia Gandhi on orkut. But are all the culprits getting punished. I have come across several occasions where Mayawati has been disparaged in casteist terms. Zithromax Hearing Loss, I have personally used the “report abuse” sections of the site, but I am sure no action was taken. Some of the communities that I moderate on orkut, specially those which deal with the genocide of Tamil people in Sri Lanka, Zithromax Hearing Loss paypal, or the Dalits' related communities, get so many filthy comments. Disabling the anonymous posts option is no solution, not only because creating fake accounts is easy, but also because people have no shame/fear about putting up casteist/racist opinions in the open.

The pressure to conform has to be compensated with the power to come to terms with (sometimes frivolous) criticism. But how am I to know if I am not being a good-girl feminist (writing only about social development and divisions). 150mg Zithromax Hearing Loss, How will I find out the extent to which my visibility/identity/non-anonymity on the Internet dictate my choice of words (or issues, for that matter). If Facebook can actually ruin one's love life, what exactly can the online world of blogs and social networking sites do to feminism(s).

(Special thanks to my dear friend Anuradha Pujar for her feedback to an early draft of this article. Without her this article wouldn't have been this article.).

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Traditionally, men and women’s roles have been clearly identified and defined in our society, and laughter—or the skills to generate it—lie in the male domain. Can You Take Synthroid With Soda usa, But in fact, women have a great sense of humour and can be instrumental in a delightful comic performance. Perhaps, women have hidden this trait to better conform with the stereotype of being submissive and unchallenging to men’s astronomical space of expressions.

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Various studies reveal that there is a clear division of men and women into dominant and muted groups respectively. There is a display of power which shifts in favour of men when they speak or communicate with women, Can You Take Synthroid With Soda ebay. This shift is so conspicuous that it leads to an enlarged and expansive vocabulary used by men.

In another report in 1981, Chris Kramarae proposes that "women perceive the world differently from men because of women’s and men’s different experience and activities rooted in the division of labor".

Language becomes a tool to express that perception. On the basis of such research rests the muted group theory first propounded by Edwin Ardener, which explores why some groups are perpetually silent in society vis-à-vis others, Can You Take Synthroid With Soda. According to this theory, men are the cause of women’s mutedness or silence. The primary reason for this silence is that men don’t want to make any effort to understand the language used by women. 200mg Can You Take Synthroid With Soda, They can only understand the one created and constructed by them. Also, men don’t want to acknowledge that there is a separate language used by women because by acknowledging a woman’s language, men would have to give up some of their power of vocabulary and expression.

Historically, our society has been male dominated. Can You Take Synthroid With Soda, Women have been oppressed and exploited while men’s capacity for initiative has been magnified. So it becomes easy for a man to talk about his sexual experiences in a humourous way or share jokes on sex, sexual identities or sexual experiences.

As a feminist in an ever-changing world and ideally moving towards a society which breaks stereotypes, Can You Take Synthroid With Soda canada, freedom of expression is my most important right. But this is also a century in which we are battling environmental degradation, resource depletion, conflict and civil unrest. All this hardly leaves any space for laughter—much less an understanding of why women laugh in a particular way and why their humour is created and interpreted differently.

But as women struggling to create our own space, Can You Take Synthroid With Soda india, express our sexuality and be heard, should we remain quiet. Or should we begin the Herculean task of redefining what are identities are and what representation we should assign ourselves—when we talk, eat, experience sexual pleasure, share a joke or hear one. These are the questions we have to start asking ourselves, Can You Take Synthroid With Soda paypal. Until they are answered, let’s create spaces at home, at work, in the media, in coffee shops where we can discard the ‘serene, Can You Take Synthroid With Soda overseas, composed, dignified, definitely decent’ demeanor and express ourselves freely. Most of all, let’s smile, make humour, and laugh our guts out!

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