I recommend "Walking with the Comrades" to anyone who wants a primer on the Naxal movement in India. It's written by Arundhati Roy.
This book (essay, actually) is her journey literally walking through the jungle, meeting the Maoists, talking to them and understanding their story.
Growing up in India, you read all these one-sided news stories about Maoists inflicting violence when in fact they are just trying to protect themselves. When India gained independence and adopted the colonial constitution, the state became the custodian of the tribal lands.
They resist displacement for dams, mines, irrigation, development projects... And when they resist, police forces brutalize them.
At the time the essay was written, 45% of the Peoples Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA, the armed wing) were women. Roy meets some of them as well.
If you're interested, you can read the essay here: https://www.outlookindia.com/magazine/story/walking-with-the-comrades/264738
Haul these dipshit doctors to the gulag https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/racism-row-french-doctors-suggest-virus-vaccine-test-africa-200404054304466.html
A #MovieNight rant from a couple days ago, Stories of Lesbians from Small Towns and Villages
We watched a documentary on Indian lesbian couples in rural areas. The documentary included an inter-caste lesbian relationship, the topic of "corrective rape" that one of the women had suffered through, and a double-suicide committed by a lesbian couple as recently as 2018 because they felt they had nowhere to go and the world wouldn't let them be together.
Documentaries like this, that showcase the real struggle of homosexuals around the word, in particular lesbians, is why the hissy fit the trans community throws when you won't deny reality to call them what they demand to be called, is even more narcissistic and self-centered than some are willing to admit. It's also why heterosexual couples who call themselves "queer" are the worst scum. They live in a land of privilege and comfort that real homosexuals never can, and appropriate the LGBT community to suit their own desire to be "special" and "different" in their mind, and have zero experience of what it is actually like to be gay. The entitlement is deeply disturbing.
These people should sit down for a long history lesson, so that they can learn why appropriation and forced validation is wrong.
Homosexuals did not want your validation. We wanted the right to not be discriminated against, and we wanted the same rights as everyone else, nothing more and nothing less. We did not deny reality and force others to lie about our sex, we were okay with being different. That is where "we're here, we're queer, get used to it!" comes from, before the term queer was appropriated. It meant we are fine with being "other" but that you may not discriminate against us.
Actual gay people still suffer the world over in ways that self-labeled "queer" people never will.
As a matter of fact, the trans community in India had more rights than actual homosexuals long before Section 377 was abolished.
#MovieNight Stories of Lesbians from Small Towns and Villages (spoilers, personal ramblings and reflections, very long)
#MovieNight I had to watch this a couple more times so I could fully take it in.
1) It was so important that the director focused on lesbians of lower caste and class in smaller towns. Their stories often get lost, unless they die.
2) Reading Anu and Laxmi's notes in Gujarati hit me hard. It's my native language.
3) All the women are so brave, but Sanjana's conversion therapy story filled me with a special anger. I am ready to any of the men and women who did her harm.
Her happy ending almost made me cry. She went to Mumbai on a work trip and found a girlfriend? She got game.
4) Rashmi is from a small town where wearing pants and shirts is a big deal.
I didn't live in a small town, so I insert myself with some unease, but I have lots of stories since childhood about crying when being made to wear dresses. Weddings were a special bane. And if you didn't have long hair as an Indian girl, taunts were par for the course.
In school we wore a uniform (always a skirt), but on birthdays we were allowed to wear whatever we wanted. I have a memory of my seventh birthday, going to school in a two-piece suit. I need to ask my parents the story behind it. Anyway, back on topic --
5) I've read enough stories about heterosexual inter-caste / inter-religion couples eloping to avoid death or simply shame. The act of existing as a lesbian couple, let alone from different backgrounds, can be dangerous.
6) I want to protect all these lesbians, all lesbians. There are so many stories that are not told. And when Sanjana said seeing two women on TV getting married was a huge help -- it really is. There are so many times I have felt like a fraud. I used to tell myself the silliest shit to continue living straight.
Seeing representation is so important, boosting lesbians' stories is so important. I know one day I will go back to India. I hope when I do, I am half as brave as these women.
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