Carrying a load of bricks is considered labour. As is sawing wood, or shovelling coal. But zari work? Taking calls at a call centre? And, how about making the daily meal? Washing clothes? Tending to the sick at home?
Intersectionality, put simply means that our location on different dimensions such as those of gender identity, caste, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, to name just a few, weaves an intricate criss-crossing that determines our privileges and marginalisations. Shweta Krishnan, in an examination of desire and caste, shows how this criss-crossing is not between mutually exclusive…
Continuing with our theme of self-care being about sustaining ourselves, our work, our movements, keeping the fires lit, and relating with love to ourselves, in our mid-month issue we bring you more articles looking at self-care from different perspectives – individual, queer, activist, collective, organisational, not necessarily separated, or in this order, of course.
Sharp and evocative, Kalki Koechlin’s spoken-word poem The Printing Machine lays bare the cycle of ceaseless and desensitised consumption engendered by the media. Kalki’s short and hard-hitting sentences, keys tap-tap-tapping, and the chrrs and grrs of printing machines bring out the urgency and sensationalism media narratives embody, turning incidents of violence into a stream of headlines that make us gasp and forget, gasp and forget.