February 23, 2013

A Response to the One Billion Rising Campaign

There is no movement that is above criticism. Especially not within Feminist circles. So it’s no surprise that One Billion Rising, despite the phenomenon that it has come to be, drew its own share of flak. On the offset, I suppose I should clarify that I am a huge, if not blind, fan of Eve [...]

January 26, 2013

“Man Prayer”

    I’VE SAID IT BEFORE and I’ll say it again: feminism cannot and should not exist without men. Here is a video titled “Man Prayer” for One Billion Rising, by Tony Stroebel, with words by Eve Ensler. I couldn’t help noticing, though, that the powerful sentiments were scripted by a woman. ;) For [...]

January 17, 2013

Am I a Feminist?

[Editor's note: This piece is the first of a series on Feminism & Humor that we look forward to sharing with you on Ultra Violet. Enjoy!--Dilnavaz Bamboat] I GREW UP IN India, as the only child of parents who did not expect me to observe any of the socially accepted behaviors for women. My parents [...]

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 [...]

October 13, 2012

Event Announcement: Lecture

Paternalistic Politics and Feminine Fates: The Legacies of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi and Begum Hazrat Mahal of Oudh Date & Time: Sunday, October 14, 2012, 2:00pm Venue: India Community Center 525, Los Coches St., Milpitas, CA, U.S.A. About the event: This is a lecture hosted by the India Community Center. Laxmibai of Jhansi and [...]

October 10, 2012

Gush & Awe: How American Politics Reinforces Stereotypes of Wifehood

    Some weeks ago, I watched two prominent women in the national spotlight, who spoke to American audiences in their roles as longtime partners of the men contesting the 2012 Presidential election. In speeches that were televised across the United States to an audience of millions, first Ann Romney and then Michelle Obama [...]

March 11, 2011

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Prozac Nation Quotes, Sometimes the irony astounds me: I don't dress up for business meetings, but I do dress up for 18-year-old girls who might be converted to feminism by my knee-high boots or my trendy dress -- Courtney Martin

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October 07, 2010

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Prozac Kicked In, IN CHENNAI, the term “moral police” is too often a literal one.

Two relatively high-profile recent incidents cast the city’s police force in a frightening light, as enforcers of a deeply misogynistic worldview who go as far as to violate the law in order to uphold their principles.

In the first case, a married woman who was with a male friend at the Kotturpuram railway station was apprehended by a police officer, who then physically assaulted the friend in question and cast aspersions as to why the duo were together, Prozac Kicked In craiglist. When told that her husband was fully aware of this friendship, the officer threatened to make bystanders testify against her.

In the second instance, a 21-year old lesbian who had left home and subsequently been reported as a missing person by her parents voluntarily went to the Thiru-Vi-Ka police station to declare herself an adult operating under her own autonomy. She was detained for a day, and released only into the custody of a relative, Prozac Kicked In. 100mg Prozac Kicked In, Activists from the gay rights group Sangama, who were supporting her, were harassed.

The moral universe occupied by too many members of Chennai’s police force is a murky one, bolstered by a flawed understanding of “Tamil culture”, unchecked sexism, Prozac Kicked In india, and an abiding disrespect for the law itself.

But these are hardly isolated incidents. If anything, they have only served to reinforce what every woman in this city already knows: the police are more likely to harm than help. Prozac Kicked In, As journalist Chithira V put it to me, the security-heavy Gopalapuram neighbourhood – where the state’s CM resides – is a dangerous area, not in spite of but because of the presence of the police. Prozac Kicked In overseas, Even the 20 all-women police stations in the greater Chennai area cannot effectively address the daily threats and aggravation that take place in public spaces, by members of the force itself.

Chennai is a city of fear and loathing, and the deep distrust in its sanctioned protectors is not a phantasm of urban legend. The city’s profound conservatism is in conflict with the needs of a modernizing population, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the manner in which its police relegate law and ethics in favour of their private concepts of morality, Prozac Kicked In canada.

The misogyny of the police force finds an accomplice in the unresponsiveness of Chennai’s ordinary citizenry. These instances are too omnipresent to enumerate, but one in particular, also shared by Chithira V, illustrates this pervasive attitude to chilling accuracy: some weeks ago, three women were attacked by a man with a knife on Besant Nagar beach, Prozac Kicked In. When they scattered, screaming, the man calmly walked away unperturbed. 10mg Prozac Kicked In, None of the families or couples sitting near these women paid any attention to the skirmish. The women called the police; an officer arrived, rounded up two random men, and insisted that they were the attackers. The real attacker not only went unpunished, but surely orchestrated the attack expecting this, Prozac Kicked In japan. Prozac Kicked In, Even in a group of three, the women were – in the city’s understanding of this word – “alone”.

So deeply embedded is the belief that one must be vigilant of the vigilantes that many women go to lengths to avoid interactions with the police, even at their own peril. A friend who was being followed by an ex-boyfriend felt she could not approach the police if the stalking became more invasive, because her former relationship with him would surely be held against her, 750mg Prozac Kicked In, and render her a target for humiliation and harassment. I personally leave home well before dark whenever I have planned a night out; having been questioned twice by a policeman on a bike right in front of my apartment, I changed my schedule. This is only an inconvenience, but the sinister underpinnings behind why I had to do it are hard to ignore. When my parents enquired about what the policeman was doing, 1000mg Prozac Kicked In, they were told that a brothel was allegedly operating near the premises. There is no brothel here, as far as I know, but there is a women’s hostel. 20mg Prozac Kicked In,


An edited version originally appeared in The Sunday Guardian, New Delhi, on September 26 2010..

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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.

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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

Can Tetracycline Be Taken With Atripla

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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