Elektrik Kulture x Two Brown Girls
Kulture | Politics
It's here, the second Elektrik Kulture podcast!
In this episode we explore whether feminism, a western approach to feminism - could ever apply to South Asian cultures. Working with Aaminah and Seetal from the Two Brown Girls blog and we discussed the topic of feminism. Music was provided by Sarabjeet Dogra and Gurbaksh Singh, and poetry was written and performed by Aditi Rao.
This podcast was an interesting one to unpick for me. In my mind I was going back and forth with culturally relative rights and wrongs whilst trying to maintain a neutral voice in the piece.
In order to be a liberated women, maybe you do have to detach yourself from traditional roles, which for most people is understood as removing yourself from restricting and heavy ideals (but for others may be considered as detaching yourself from the rightful way genders should act).
But maybe its not so easy, maybe it's about having the choice - as a liberated feminist (woman) you can choose to be a traditional homemaker, or perhaps you could choose to perform non-domestic roles. Or you could dabble in both worlds freely. But is that ever possible in South Asian cultures? Or are the majority of South Asian homes far too conservative - because they hold pride in their customs?
I've always known the decorative elements of Desi culture to be something I consider beautiful. The differing tastes in food from each region, the absolutely stunning sounds created from the most beautiful instruments, the use of colour, fashion, architecture and literature which has undoubtedly shaped some of my knowledge. The list is endless. And theses are the things South Asians proudly pride themselves on - and thats what I love about the Two Brown Girls blog. However there is a side of the culture that I don't particularly like, (a side that to be fair is often over used in the media to elevate western culture as supreme to any other but nevertheless is still important to recognise) - which is the subordination and silencing of women. The complete marginalisation of girls over boys, which results in high levels of domestic abuse, rape, female foeticide, shaming and honour killings.
Does a new type of feminism need to be created for South Asians? And more specifically people of South Asian diaspora, and those living in urban capitals - who are seeing the result of globalisation and moving in the direction of the west, whilst trying to balance their culture with western ideas of feminism.
THINK | QUESTION | CONVERSE.
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