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!”
Throw all your shitty guys out of the door, back where you had thrown us out earlier. Now you can have your nice safe room. We #Dalitwomen can have the shitty guys all to ourselves, all unpoliced and unhindered in the wilderness. So much to celebrate for #Metoo⁠ ⁠. 💖
You ever hear gossip in your neighbourhood about how some man’s wife knows he sexually abuses the maid, but lets him continue with it, because it’s the only way to keep their marriage going? Yeah, that maid was a #Dalitwoman.
Because for a Savarna woman, letting her man “have his way” with #Dalitwomen is “safe.” That man’s never going to leave his Savarna wife for the Dalit woman. It’ll keep him sated, but have no more social repercussion. Sounds right out of The Handmaid’s Tale, doesn’t it?
It doesn’t change in middle-class society either. All through school and college, my Savarna women “friends” encouraged me to date the most undesirable, most dysfunctional of their guy friends. Because it keeps the guys occupied. Keeps them out of potentially unwelcome advances.
So sure, Savarna women, be really enthusiastic about throwing out all your trash *just* outside the door. We’re waiting out here to clean up your sewers anyway. Since that’s the only function you’ll let us have. We can’t come inside and sit in that nice safe room with you, right?
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