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Of Hegemony, Exclusivity & the Idea of Saving the World

Barriers:-

I am living in a society that is rooted in and thrives in ancient patriarchal hegemony and structure. Although there has been much effort and many movements to gradually induce the process of change in this societal structure, the little success in change that is visible to the naked eye is, unfortunately, not attributed to women's voices but the compelling need for 'adjustments' in the wake of globalization and economic growth. I could state the 'system' as a major barrier in expediting the change process, however, the old world patriarchy itself is the barrier creating conflict and confusion in people's minds, whether old or young and across all genders.

Challenges:-

There are more than enough outlets, agencies and non profits in this country working towards the overarching and poorly defined goal of women empowerment. Where they are ceaselessly failing is a) in their preachy tonality and attitude, b) their personal politics and the lack of open identification if not admittance and c) the lack of inclusiveness in their approach to "save the world" i.e. by not accounting the voice of those they wish to "save", others in the business of "saving" and including the greater masses in the process of "saving" beyond the emotional blackmail of donation. The challenge, quite simply put, is in engaging the highest stakeholder to the lowest beneficiary in the process of change along with partnering with as many to infect this change across communities and finding innovative ways to engage every second person to contribute in a way that suits his/her aspirations and convenience.

How Pulse Wire can overcome these challenges & barriers?

Pulse Wire is already doing a lot of it especially point 'c' where its bringing together the voices of so many individuals from various backgrounds like media, non profits, students, academicians etc. It is great to see the encouragement and constructive feedback from all members and I'd like to see some of this discussion being replicated in the social networking spaces. I am cross posting World Pulse content in my social networking spaces as well as in exclusive online journalism communities. With the greater permit of time in my schedule, I hope to become a more pro-active reader on World Pulse and cross post it on my blog and important sites that I will be working on. I would also suggest that World Pulse invites members and contributions in regional languages and dialects (with a translate button) as English is not an expressive medium for everyone. Moreover, a lot of hegemony is attached to the politics of this language (read: exclusivity). As they say, charity must begin from home :)

Comments

Dmack08's picture

Excellent analysis

Hi Makepeace_Silthou--

Thank you for your excellent analysis! You're concise, and you don't back away from direct relationship-plotting between cause and effect; yet, you are hopeful. I'm happy you are sharing your voice with the world. Good luck!

Makepeace_Sitlhou's picture

Really? You liked it? :P

Hi there.

Thanks for your comment. This piece was written keeping in mind my experiences and observations in the non profit sector (which is not to say is as yet very extensive) but what has really frustrated me is to see the divide that still exists between this world and the rest. When an audience is so integral to the success of a commercial movie, why is it that charity or social good is relegated to the efforts of a few "humble" samaritans? This is changing but is only the prerogative of the few active on the social media space. I would love to hear of grassroots doing something similar!

Makepeace Sitlhou

makepeace.sitlhou@gmail.com

@makeysitlhou on Twitter

Makepeace_Sitlhou's picture

Really? You liked it? :P

Hi there.

Thanks for your comment. This piece was written keeping in mind my experiences and observations in the non profit sector (which is not to say is as yet very extensive) but what has really frustrated me is to see the divide that still exists between this world and the rest. When an audience is so integral to the success of a commercial movie, why is it that charity or social good is relegated to the efforts of a few "humble" samaritans? This is changing but is only the prerogative of the few active on the social media space. I would love to hear of grassroots doing something similar!

Makepeace Sitlhou

makepeace.sitlhou@gmail.com

@makeysitlhou on Twitter

DDMCFARLANE's picture

Old World Patriarchy

Dear Makepeace Sitlhou, It sounds like "the old world patriarchy" is a formidable barrier in India to women's issues. What has allowed you to question the norm and think differently? Cross posting is an interesting idea and I wonder if you will expedite growing discussions which might lead to solutions.

good luck!
DD

ddmcf

Makepeace_Sitlhou's picture

hmmm...

Thanks ddmcf for your comment and very thought provoking question.

It is tough to narrow down the instances or the memory of the certain phase that helped me question this old world patriarchy.

Probably reading my week 2 assignment would vaguely help you understand my journey http://www.worldpulse.com/node/44491

But I'd say that somewhere along my adolescent years with increasing limitations put to my behavior (and spirit) accompanied with the increasing expectations which I found to be narrower as I grew up, I couldn't help but put them to serious question and began reflecting on some of my own past behavior and thoughts.

It'd be stereotypically ideal to say feminist literature changed me but that was a very small catalyst, almost the last straw, to my transformation that continues till today.Honestly for me, real world references as well as role models and popular media and culture (as skewed in their portrayal as they are accused to be) have helped to shape a lot of what I believe today. I suppose when something is so jarringly false or inaccurate, for instance Indian movies showing how a girl inevitably gets pregnant post sexual intercourse, you can't help but question or put it to test (not literally, though, always). However, I would say literature and writings did help to affirm all that I believed to NOT be dysfunctional or deviant thinking per se. Reading Marjane Satrapi's 'Persepolis' made me not just connect with the 'rebel' that she was but admire her thoroughly despite her 'imperfections'. We're always led to believe that heroes or leaders are just so much 'holier' or closer to 'perfection' than the rest of us. Reading about Marjane Satrapi's life helped me realize that you can just as much appreciate an individual's rise as their fall!

Hence, at the end of the day I believe in infusing more 'functional' thinking (the deviance that it is from the old world patriarchy) into all forms of pop culture, media and education.

Makepeace Sitlhou

makepeace.sitlhou@gmail.com

@makeysitlhou on Twitter

Iffat Gill's picture

Greetings from your Listener!

Dear Makepeace Sitlhou,

You write well and have an excellent skill for analyzing the situation around you. It would be interesting to read more about your personal experience/story about how you evolved to think differently as a woman in a society which is still struggling to change for its betterment? How did you overcome the challenges you faced in your life as a consequence of thinking outside the box?

Hope to read more of your work in future.
Best wishes.

Iffat Gill

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