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Imagining equality: a crowdsourced hub on gender, with a new guest curator each week. This week: author @mathangiwrites on history, identity, & storytelling
Sep 3, 2018 25 tweets 4 min read
I am not going to kick-off or start-off or begin the topic of this week. :p I am going to dwell, rustle, ripple, dance, dive, feel, caress, breathe through it. Everyday moments as Feminist Spaces. 1/n Many years back, I was living in the South Indian city of Coimbatore. I was teaching at a University there after returning from United States. I was a solo woman in her late-thirties, living alone. In the campus, I was the only such woman that I knew of. 2/n
Aug 13, 2018 12 tweets 3 min read
I was especially conscious of using gender neutral language here because so often medical discourse completely invalidates people outside the allo cis hetero normative assumption. It has also lead to some alarming blind spots in research today. The fact is that there are no queer people in medical research.
Sure, there’s tons of studies looking at depression and suicide rates in LGBTQ+ teenagers, HIV/AIDS prevalence in gay populations, gender confirmation surgery in trans people. But that's it.
Aug 9, 2018 12 tweets 4 min read
I wonder a lot about why people avoid going to the doctor (including doctors themselves) or ignore health problems for so long. When you think you may be sick do you go to a doctor/hospital:
Aug 8, 2018 23 tweets 8 min read
Speaking of conditions that affect women disproportionately, most autoimmune diseases are very under diagnosed and under reported in India. AD is an umbrella term that includes many different diseases that can present with myriad symptoms. Globally the incidence of autoimmune diseases is increasing steadily, for a variety of reasons. Some theories include significant changes in western dietary habits, environmental surroundings and pollution exposure, infectious habitat and stress load.
Aug 7, 2018 28 tweets 11 min read
[TW] It would be impossible to talk of health disparities in India and not address mental health. India ranked 43rd in the world on rates of suicide (in descending order) in 2009. It is hard to find reliable data on suicide, as it is punishable offense in India, leading to under reporting. Death by suicide is frequently reported as due to illness or accidents to avoid involving the police. Official figures underestimate the problem…
Aug 6, 2018 15 tweets 7 min read
I touched briefly on caste and healthcare earlier but the problem extends far beyond simply access to medical services. Vani Kant Borooah used data from the national sample survey (NSS) to study 6 different groups - adivasis (56% Hindu and 33% Christian); Dalits (93% Hindu); non-Muslim OBC; Muslim OBC; Muslim upper caste; and non-Muslim upper classes,- and found disparities in life expectancy.
Aug 5, 2018 35 tweets 9 min read
Hi hi hi everyone! As Natasha mentioned I'll be talking about healthcare and India. A disclaimer before I start: many of my questions have no answers (yet). There's a lot of information we lack and a lot of research that still needs to be done. So please feel free to chime in with your own info, perspectives, experiences, and questions! DMs are open if you'd rather stay anonymous and my own twitter handle is @GalatFemme.
Jun 16, 2018 14 tweets 6 min read
Hi everyone! This is @sohni_c for @Smashboard_. One of the things I want to discuss today is how #sexualharassment and #sexualassault cases are reported in the media. The first issue is the tedious sensationalisation of these cases 1/n Resulting in the focus remaining on the victim rather than the perpetrator. Hence, adding to stigma, shaming and victim-blaming of the women who face harassment and assault. Also, these attitudes result in reinforcing the #rapeculture where the victim is held at scrutiny. 2/n
Nov 6, 2017 50 tweets 7 min read
Separate thread of sexual violence against Minorities during Pogroms
(Trigger warning- contains details of sensitive cases) :-- Anti-Sikh Pogrom 1984-
Sikh women living @ Trilokpuri were brutally raped
Girls as young as 7-8,
women as old as 80…