Rape, the Abuse of Power: Feminist Thoughts on ‘Silence in the Courts’

    Note: In this piece, when I refer to ‘rape’, I refer more or less exclusively to heterosexual rape, as committed against women, by men. The omission of the discussion of other versions of sexual violence and rape is not exclusionary in intent, but because the piece attempts to discuss ‘rape’ as presented in the… Read More Rape, the Abuse of Power: Feminist Thoughts on ‘Silence in the Courts’

Holding Space and Speaking: Why, When, How We Say the Things We Say About Injustice

  Below are some notes and observations about how, why and when we choose to speak and what we choose to say on social media – but also in general. This is about how we respond to injustice, and how we respond to those who respond to injustice – and while specifically about recent events,… Read More Holding Space and Speaking: Why, When, How We Say the Things We Say About Injustice

How Does Our Media Cover Tragedy? An Open Letter to Sri Lankan Media Establishments

Published on Groundviews. On April 2016, two 19 year-old women were fatally hit by a train while attempting to cross a railway track in Dehiwala. The tragic incident quickly attracted the attention of the media, and journalists from every major domestic media outlet reported the incident, bringing to the nation and the world images and… Read More How Does Our Media Cover Tragedy? An Open Letter to Sri Lankan Media Establishments

‘Nirbhaya: The Play’ and the Simple Power of Stories Being Told

I am very skeptical about testimonial-based works of art, particularly performances. I haven’t seen or read many testimonial-based plays or  ‘verbatim’ shows that haven’t left me squirming and cringing in their wake — usually because they are melodramatic, over-acted, full of unmitigated angst and hardly ever provide any real interpretation or analysis. Lately, I have… Read More ‘Nirbhaya: The Play’ and the Simple Power of Stories Being Told

BEYONCÉ and The Dilemma of the Post-Feminism Feminist

In the TED talk by Chimamanda Adichie, now widely famous because excerpts of it have been featured in a song off the all-new Beyoncé album (titled BEYONCÉ), she says the best feminist she knows is her brother, who is, she assures you, very masculine. Adichie is very much a spokesperson for the young, articulate, optimistic post-feminist… Read More BEYONCÉ and The Dilemma of the Post-Feminism Feminist