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migration and sexuality

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The Editorial: Migration and Sexuality

Talking about migration would be talking about what happens with the crossing of boundaries. Boundaries of culture and climate, and boundaries of visibility, where a change in semantics can come to render what was invisible visible (an accent, perhaps a way of dressing, one’s values and ideas, the experience of being surveilled as an alien), while also allowing the migrant certain new freedoms to be invisible (anonymity where ‘nobody knows your name’, and certain kinds of agency one may not have enjoyed back home).
A man in white and blue striped shirt, and a woman in a green saree are standing on a terrace facing each other, with the woman's right hand on his left shoulder. Behind them are buildings, and a sun is setting down.

महिलाओं का विवाह पश्चात् ‘प्रवसन’ और उससे जुड़े कुछ मुद्दे

यूँ तो विवाह और उससे जुड़े महिलाओं के ‘स्थान परिवर्तन’ को ‘प्रवसन’ का दर्ज़ा दिया ही नहीं जाता है, इसको एक अपरिहार्य व्यवस्था की तरह देखा जाता है जिसमें पत्नी का स्थान पति के साथ ही है, चाहे वो जहाँ भी जाए। पूर्वी एशियाई देशों में, १९८० के दशक के बाद से एक बड़ी संख्या में महिलाओं के विवाह पश्चात् प्रवसन का चलन देखा गया है जिन्हें ‘फॉरेन ब्राइड’ या विदेशी वधु के नाम से जाना जाता है। इन देशों की लिस्ट में भारत के साथ जापान, चीन, ताइवान, सिंगापुर, कोरिया, नेपाल जैसे कई देशों के नाम हैं। यदि विवाह से जुड़े प्रवसन को कुल प्रवसन के आकड़ों के साथ जोड़ा जाए तो शायद ये महिलाओं का सबसे बड़ा प्रवसन होगा।
Still from a film. A man and a woman at a restaurant table, talking. A bunch of red flowers are kept on the table in front of them.

Reel Review: Romance Across Age and Race in ‘Ali: Fear Eats the Soul’

Emmi Kurowski (Brigitte Mira), a widow in her sixties, walks into a bar to take shelter from the rain. She is met with hostile stares by a mixed group of Moroccan immigrants and Germans. As a joke, one of his friends challenges Ali (El Hedi ben Salem m'Barek Mohammed Mustafa), a young strapping Berber man, to ask her for a dance. He agrees, and thus begins a romance across the taboo lines of race and age.
A drawing of a woman plucking off her hair from her chin. Her hands and arms holding the plucker are also hairy. We can only see her bottom-half face, and a little of her arm. Screen reader support enabled. A drawing of a woman plucking off her hair from her chin. Her hands and arms holding the plucker are also hairy. We can only see her bottom-half face, and a little of her arm.

A Young Artist Wants to Give South Asian Women the Spotlight They Deserve

The women she draws, flanked by a mix of traditional South Asian motifs and totems of youthful American culture, are not hiding their stubble. They sit, stand and kneel in poses that do anything but hide their hair, as they smoke cavalierly behind a box of 'mithai' or cruise across a roller rink. More often than not, her female subjects are seen legs and arms outstretched, faces calm, cool and collected amid a backdrop of saturated purples, greens and oranges.
Book cover. Illustration of a brown woman wearing orange saree, and gold jewellery on forhead, nose, ear, and upper arm, with her hands crossed. On top is written in white and bold "Good girls marry doctors". Under it in smaller font are written subtitle and editor's name.

Good Girls Marry Doctors: Brave Voices On Daughterhood In South Asian American Families

To all the American daughters of South Asian immigrants: Have you ever felt that you just can’t be a Good Girl? Your parents and South Asian community have likely tried drilling in you that Good Girls follow the path of academic excellence, a well-paying job (doctor, lawyer, or engineer), marriage to a well-paid Desi man (preferably a doctor), and then a happy house with kids. Obedience to parents, no dating (at least not while a student), and virginity until marriage are absolutes.
Still from American sitcom 'Big bang theory'. A brown Indian man in his late 20s, early 30s, sitting on a brown sofa with arms crossed, and one leg above the other, looking disconcerted.

What Made South Asians Lose Their Sexuality?

The British went to South Asia with their preconceived notions of sexual normalcy stemming from enlightenment and Christian ideals. If anything, it was the British who were the prudes and sexually repressed venturing into India, rather than the sexually liberated souls they claim to be today.
An illustration of a black woman and a black man raising a curtain. On top is written "Homeland security", and on bottom on a welcoming ribbon, "Come in, Gurl".

Brushstrokes: Queer, Undocumented Migrant Artist Uses His Art for Activism

“Yo existo. I exist,” asserts Julio Salgado’s self-portrait drawn with wings that give him identity. Salgado was eleven years old when he crossed the border from Mexico to the United States where he remains an undocumented resident. Risking arrest and deportation if detected, Julio makes art about his experiences of being a queer and undocumented person of colour.
A photo of a protest with a focus on a placard that says in bold and all caps, "Rapefugess not welcome" with words "rape" and "not" in green, and the rest in black. In the middle is drawn a woman running away from a three men who are holding daggers in their hands, running towards her.

Of Monsters and Men: Why We Need to Excavate Feminism

While Islam was loudly decried a religion of molesters, the European far right - not exactly known for their commitment to gender equality and women’s rights - now appoint themselves the protectors of ‘their’ (i.e. European white) women against an ‘onslaught of Muslim rapists’.
Shadow of a young woman wearing jeans, top, open hair, and carrying a handbag on a near-by wall. There are four same shadows in a line, growign fader and fader.

Navigating the Liminal: Life and Identity in the Migrant’s ‘Third Space’

The nurse looked me up and down and asked about my last period. I responded that it had been recent and regular and that I wasn’t there about a reproductive issue but rather a potential stomach bug. “Mmm hmmm,” she responded, with more than a hint of dubiousness in her voice, and said, “Take this cup, pee into it and bring it back to me. We’ll run a pregnancy test.” I stared back at her. “I’m not pregnant!” She responded, “Well, we’ll see about that. Is that your mum outside? Young girls like you are always coming in like this.”
Illustration of a man touching a woman's butt as she climbs a stair a step ahead of him. Over this is drawn a big orange cross. At the bottom is written in small font, "Respect: Women need to be respected, no matter what they wear. This also applies to German men."

Not So Impervious: Borders of Migration and Sexuality

The migrant has come to represent threat on many fronts, with sexuality and sexual behaviours storming the front of fronts. This is because sexuality is in itself so threatening to so many; as a word, as a concept, it is untidy, unknown, uncontainable, like that alien substance bubbling out of its pod in the film ‘Prometheus’. Or ‘Alien’.