Private Parts: Obscenity and Censorship in the Digital Age

Image description: Illustration of body and various objects. Artist: Umaimah Damakka From GenderIT.org (Excerpt) Earlier this year, the telecommunications minister of Bangladesh declared a ‘war on pornography’, blocking access to around 20,000 websites and banning TikTok, the Chinese-owned video production and sharing app. The move came after a petition citing ‘obscenity’ was filed by a… Read More Private Parts: Obscenity and Censorship in the Digital Age

The Men I Know: A ‘young feminist’ from the third world speaks from inside the #MeToo moment(s)

(Excerpt) Preface In October 2017, I said ‘#MeToo.’ I did it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These were my words: ‘Me too. As a child. As an adult. By men I know and men I don’t know. More than once. More than twice.’ This piece is not about the everyday sexual harassment we face; not… Read More The Men I Know: A ‘young feminist’ from the third world speaks from inside the #MeToo moment(s)

Where have all the queer women gone?: An Editorial for GenderIT

  (Commissioned and originally published by GenderIT.org in December 2017.) How the stories of movements for queer liberation are told is a historically complicated thing. What and who constitute the gay rights movement is a perennial question to which we know now clearly that there is no one answer. There is no homogeneous ‘LGBT’ community in… Read More Where have all the queer women gone?: An Editorial for GenderIT

Intergenerational feminisms & sustaining our radical movements: Keynote at UAF-AP Launch (Transcript)

(Keynote address delivered at the launch of Urgent Action Fund Asia Pacific, 24 October 2017, Colombo, held in memory of Sunila Abeysekera: 1952 – 2013.) It is an immense, humbling almost overwhelming honour to be standing here in front of you today. The realization of the Asia Pacific chapter of Urgent Action Fund is the… Read More Intergenerational feminisms & sustaining our radical movements: Keynote at UAF-AP Launch (Transcript)

LET WOMEN DECIDE: Some Feminist Perspectives on the ‘Abortion Debate’

(Published originally here on Groundviews on 01 October 2017) At this moment in Sri Lanka, ‘the abortion debate’ has sprung up once again; with the cabinet purportedly attempting to pass a bill which would legalize abortions for women under two circumstances[1] – if the woman is a victim of rape or if the foetus is… Read More LET WOMEN DECIDE: Some Feminist Perspectives on the ‘Abortion Debate’

South Asian Feminisms: A Memorial for Lala Rukh, 23 August 2017 (Transcript)

This is the transcript for the short talk I delivered at the event South Asian Feminisms: A MEMORIAL FOR LALA RUKH, hosted by A Collective for Feminist Conversations and Women and Media Collective, in Colombo on 23 August 2017. The bulk of it includes an excerpt from an essay titled Forging a New Political Imaginary:… Read More South Asian Feminisms: A Memorial for Lala Rukh, 23 August 2017 (Transcript)