If homemaking is not career enough, then the question that needs asking is why do we only value those things that can be monetarily quantified, and which women were deliberately kept out of for centuries? https://www.womensweb.in/2022/05/devaluing-work-of-homemaker-and-sahm-career-on-hold-may22wk3sr/
I imagine what Savitri bai and Fatima Shaikh would be thinking watching this future they sacrificed their lives over, watching young women fight over inconsequential things, and fritter away the precious opportunity of an education. https://www.womensweb.in/2022/05/high-school-girls-in-bangalore-street-fight-over-a-boy-may22wk3sr/
The Purple Sunbird. Though found all over the Indian subcontinent, the scientists say that its movements are not clearly understood (they could be talking about me 😂).
If nothing else, this dusty-looking bird teaches you that everyone has a story and if you wait patiently and ask politely, they'll always surprise you.
I cannot believe I summoned the courage to paint the Scarlet Minivet. Even though the name itself strictly tells you what colour to use, it's hard to replicate real life lustre of this bird on paper.
I will fight great battles for me. And stain my hair with the blood of my oppressors. I will not wait for a hero to protect my modesty. For I am not a modest woman. I am loud and I take up space. I do not know shame nor guilt nor secrecy. I will walk [...]
I recognise the incredible amount of privilege being thin offers me. I am automatically thought of as more attractive, more intelligent, more healthy. I'd be stupid not to enjoy it except that I distinctly remember, at age 16, being told I was too thin to be found attractive by any man. So I'm not impressed [...]
Stumbling across my war-torn soulscape; Bombed buildings of faded dreams, streets paved with craters of broken vows and dismembered dolls of naiveté. It's always midday here. The blazing sun lights up everything in stark relief. There's nowhere to hide. The shadows hide other spectres, crouching in pain, For even my ghost gave up it's ghost. [...]
I look wistfully at the cute pair of neon running shorts with its matching tank top that I picked up from a big fitness brand store. An expensive waste, when I am fully aware, having have been told over and over, that if you want to run you can even do it in a salwar [...]
I had an epiphany: We are scared of The Dark. Both inner and outer. The fragile inner nightscape, we napalm it with opioids, antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anxiolytics. We walk around like shell-shocked extras from District 12 and are deemed fixed. The outer darkness was far easier to civilize. Pluck the forests, drain the swamps, [...]