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I’ve realized why this #Metoo movement in India has been making me gently uncomfortable, rather than feel reassured.

It’s natural survival instinct of a lifetime.

You see a lot of Savarna women get angry, you quickly duck and run... because guess who’s about to get hurt?
#DalitWomen have always paid for Savarna women’s anger. Don’t like that Dalit girl who gets better grades than you? Sabotage her.

#Dalitwomen have always paid for Savarna women’s safety. Need to keep that predator’s grubby hands off you? Throw the Dalit girl at him.
I see all the Savarna women rise up in anger, protect each other’s boundaries and exclude us #Dalitwomen from that solidarity, erase the earlier movement a Dalit woman singlehandedly created and got burned for.

And my mind automatically goes: “Nice! More predators for us, then!”
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As a Dalit woman, the last few days of India’s #MeToo have been both triggering and confusing. I’ve tried to follow it as much as I can and the more I do, I realise how important it is to have a conversation on value.
How are we (as women/non-men) valued in relationships, at work, inside our homes, and in our communities? And who are the ones determining this value? #MeToo
To me, that’s what #MeToo is all about - it ultimately boils down to whether women/non-men are treated as people who have feelings, a body, and a spirit. The fact that so many women, albeit from non-Dalit backgrounds, are outing men for their horrific behaviors +
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#Dalitwomen are most often victims/survivors of sexual abuse, including of those that are not always legally identified as crimes. And the law has failed us. Progressive communities haven’t responded adequately either. It has been a lonely battle and will continue to be so.
Stories of sexual abuse, especially those that name Dalit men, are therefore uniquely triggering for us. We stand by the survivors, like we all need to, unequivocally, because we are victims ourselves.
We believe the victims, their EVERY WORD, because we’ve lived through the experience of being dismissed as liars so often, by friends and allies alike.
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Who is paying the price for #intercaste marriages in India? And why is this being touted as an anti-caste strategy? Questions and Thoughts.
Disclaimer: Twitter is obviously not a great place for nuance, but I'm going to try.
Also note that I'm not against #intercaste marriages. Ideally, we should all get married to whomever we please as long as they are an adult and are consenting. If you conclude that I'm casteist or pro-endogamy from any of my tweets, it's on you.
Let's first understand that not all intercaste marriages are problematic to India's casteist society. Many #intercaste savarna couples lead happy lives while telling the world how progressive their families are. Their weddings are pretty fun too...
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