Shikhandi and Other Stories They Don’t Tell You
Patriarchy asserts men are superior to women, Feminism clarifies women and men are equal, Queerness questions what constitutes male and female.
In his latest book, “Shikhandi and Other Tales They Don’t Tell You”, mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik explores the various stories revolving around queer topics that were a part of ancient Indian history but are seemingly and conveniently forgotten in the current society.
Contrasting the popular belief in present day Indian society, that queerness and the LGBT+ community should be condemned and denounced as they go against the culture, traditions and history of India and are nothing but a Western corruption, Devdutt Pattanaik draws upon various Hindu oral myths as well as sacred texts which narrate tales of homosexual relationships, trans and intersex identities and other MOGII groups amongst not only humans, demigods and spirits but also Gods and Goddesses who constantly challenge the normative stances on gender roles and identities.
J’s doing night shifts this week and boy am I dreading going to sleep alone. Cuddles are definitely not over rated and jesus, I need a night light again. :|
When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become.
Thousands of shares throughout the world later, the appeal of Rosetti’s work is clear. Much like the street art phenomenon Stop Telling Women To Smile, Rossetti’s empowering images are the kind you want to post on every street corner, as both a reminder and affirmation of women’s bodily autonomy.
"It has always bothered me, the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies, behavior and identities," Rossetti told Mic via email. “It’s a kind of oppression so deeply entangled in our culture that most people don’t even see it’s there, and how cruel it can be.”
Rossetti’s illustrations touch upon an impressive range of intersectional topics, including LGBTQ identity, body image, ageism, racism, sexism and ableism. Some characters are based on the experiences of friends or her own life, while others draw inspiration from the stories many women have shared across the Internet.
"I see those situations I portray every day," she wrote. "I lived some of them myself." (keep reading)
ghost, nosferatu, godzilla, frankenstein's monster, king kong, sharktopus, robot :D :D :D :D have fun with these!! :D :D
Oh lord! You really went all out with those. Anyway, here you go:
ghost: what would you like on your tombstone?
Something like, “On a cloudless rainy day, with no thunder but a storm brewing, you know I will be back.” Haha just kidding, I don’t know, I’ll probably consider being cremated. Half the ashes can go back to Kerala and half can stay in London.
nosferatu: what, as a child, did you imagine went bump in the night?
When I was young, there was an abundance of Malayalam horror films, with the threat of the lone beautiful yakshi who wouldn’t hesitate to kill. Fair enough, she mostly killed men, but damn, on the hot nights when I slept next to the open windows in Kerala, I nearly had heart attacks every time I thought heard something under the bed.
godzilla: what do you do when you are angry? are you ever destructive?
I rarely get truly angry. In fact, I don’t think I have been in that situation for a while. I usually end up saying something horrible to whoever has pissed me off, slam a door or two, lock myself in my room and write the most angsty stories I ever could. Personally, I feel like anger makes me more productive, at least in a creative aspect.
frankenstein’s monster: when you fall apart, what pulls you back together?
I haven’t been in too terrible situations but almost always I have realised that there is someone who truly cares about me and no matter how shit things can get, there is way to move on and that it can be much easier to get there with the help of your friends and family.
king kong: what are some questionable choices you’ve made lately?
I suppose this is relative. I don’t regret any of my choices lately and most likely would do things exactly as I have already done so.
sharktopus: what is something you’ve done that was ridiculous or a bad decision?
When I was 12 or 13, I quit the athletics team and man, I have always regretted that and quitting dance after my arangettam. They probably aren’t bad decisions in the greater scheme of things, but not doing either at the moment sort of makes me feel like a sour loser.
robot: what is a habit you do without thinking?
Quite often, I say stupid and inappropriate things without really thinking it through. It’s like I don’t have a filter. While they haven’t been too ignorant or cruel, sometimes I wish I had thought things through for another second or two before blurting it out.
In various schools in Uganda, and some other parts of Africa, children as young as five are punished for speaking African languages, indigenous languages and mother tongues at school. The modes of punishment differ. The most common one in Uganda is wearing a dirty sack until you meet someone else speaking their mother tongue and then you pass the sack on to them. In some schools, there are specific pupils and students tasked with compiling lists of fellow pupils and students speaking mother tongues. This list is then handed over to a teacher responsible for punishing these language rule-breakers. According to Gilbert Kaburu, some schools have aprons that read: “Shame on me, I was speaking vernacular” handed over to an offender of the No Vernacular rule, who then is tasked with finding the next culprit to give the apron. Most of the punishments, in their symbolism emphasise the uselessness of the African languages.
Commenting on a photo of two children in Uganda wearing dirty sacks as punishment for speaking their mother tongues, Zimbabwean writer, Tendai Huchu says:
“That sums up our self loathing and inferiority complex. Junot Diaz once said we do a better job of enforcing white supremacy ourselves than white supremacists ever could. I should add, notice how the punishment consists of wearing sack-cloth. The image is telling. You are rags if you speak your own language.”
Halima Hosh, agreeing with Tendai Huchu opines:
“It’s outrageous. What a slave mentality that a colonial language is considered higher or better/more worth than their own local language. Unbelievable. Do the Europeans learn any African language in school? No. Why not? Because we are not proud of our heritage, not proud of our languages, not proud of Black African history. These teachers need to be fired.
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