Ways of “Doing” Queerness in a PostColonial Context

About two years ago, I wrote an article for the U.K. magazine, Vada, that discussed a report from the Human Rights Watch about homophobic violence in Jamaica, Not Safe at Home: Violence and Discrimination Against LGBT people in Jamaica. It was the first time I attempted to address LGBT issues outside of the frame of first-world culture, and even … More Ways of “Doing” Queerness in a PostColonial Context

Bandit Queen

Trigger Warning: This post contains explicit descriptions of sexual assault and descriptions of images some may find disturbing. Within the first thirty minutes of Bandit Queen, Phoolan Devi is assaulted or raped five times on camera, with the implication that it happened more times than that in real life. Several of the incidents occur when she … More Bandit Queen

Piecing Together What Falls Apart

It’s easy to write a narrative after colonialism gains its strangle-hold that says that things were better before the colonists emerged. This is often the case because in terms of the way that a society functions, things often were better before the colonists arrived–the battles less devastating, conflicts less extreme, exploitation less institutionalized. This does … More Piecing Together What Falls Apart

Deep Analysis

Let’s begin with two quotes. The first quote is from Ashcroft, Griffiths and Tiffin (and an apology for its length): One illuminating account of the connections between race and gender as a consequence of imperial expansion is Sander L Gilman’s ‘Black bodies, white bodies’ (1985), which shows how the representation of the African in nineteenth-century … More Deep Analysis

Mimicry Goes Half Way

Nervous Condiditons brought me back to the the concept of double-consciousness I’ve been exploring for a while. To be placed in a situation in which one is “Other” creates a shatter effect on one’s perception of events. The ability to see multiple perspectives at once can be wonderful, if you’re in a debate team. Otherwise, being … More Mimicry Goes Half Way