Diary of a mothering worker. July 7, 2015.

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Post 199.

Stereotype has long defined public talk about Indian women’s sexuality, and panic that Hindu women’s immorality can undermine a whole political-economic order isn’t new.

150 years ago, authorities were pressuring recruiters to find the ‘right’ kind of Indian woman whose obedience could be assured. At that time, across the British empire, indentured women were hysterically cast as hyper-aware of their sexual and labour power, and as aligning themselves strategically with men to maneuver the colonial system. This was considered a sign of their dangerousness and untrustworthiness, facilitated by the fracturing of familial and religious rules, and capable of undermining the plantation system itself.

Later, to weaken Indian women’s gendered negotiations, they were redefined as unpaid housewives in village life off the plantation, fulfilling a colonial ideal of women as dependent nurturers, and Indian men’s wish for partners who couldn’t simply leave for better love or sex, more respect…

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One thought on “Diary of a mothering worker. July 7, 2015.

  1. rogerburt says:

    This view agrees perfectly with my belief that, in one way or another, men often find even the idea of power in women to be a threat. This fear conditions there attempts to bind women if not enslave them. Getting this process open and on the table leads us toward true partnership and necessary independence for women in partnership.

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