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- Kurzbeschreibung<p>Stereotypes are mere 'pictures in our heads'. Prejudice and suspicion against all that is perceived of as 'different' give rise to cultural stereotypes. Creating stereotypes also involves connecting the created categories with values, equipping the categories with an ideational label. Thus, stereotypes often contain the presupposition that one's own group represents the normal, or even universal and that one's own culture and ist socially construed concepts of reality is superior and normative in relation to other cultures and world-views. The stereotypes are not just one person's private attitude but are always shared with a larger socio-cultural group. Stereotypes result in simplifications that prevent people from seeing the 'otherized' individuals as they truly are. This book, aims at transgressing the boundaries of the strategically generated stereotyped image of a homogenous Indian culture. Rather, by highlighting the marginalised issues related to class, caste and gender, this book, by citing examples of select Indian literary and cinematic representations, argues that the stigma related to the non-conformist /alternative/minority identities, is baseless and fraudulent.</p>
- AutorKaustav Chakraborty
- Ausgabe1. Auflage
- VerlagAnchor Academic Publishing
- Seiten160 Seiten
- Gewicht282 g
- LeseprobeText Sample:<br>SOCIAL CONSTRAINTS:<br>In our society, women have a very derogatory stand and especially if they are lesbian, transsexual or bisexual then they are even more heckled in their surroundings. Women stepping out of heterosexual norms are seen as being doubly subversive (Seager, 2009) 8. Homosexual women are also women. Similarly, the gay man is more vulnerable than the heterosexual man. Homosexuality is nothing abnormal but just another form of sexuality. <br>The queer problem is considered to be the most trivial in our society. One of the journalists Ushashi Chakraborty says that, most people react and say that they are not lesbians, none of their friends or relatives are also like them so why do they need to think about them? They are the perverts, the other of our society. It is tragic yet true how pathetically our society demarcates them. <br>It is not only the outside community people who think them to be pervert but unfortunately they themselves also sometimes think so. Their greatest opposition is their families. The social problem is one of the major constraints faced by the queer people. Homosexuality is not against any culture. Science has proved that homosexuality is not a preference but an orientation. This truth has only been rejected through resistance.<br>SUPPORT GROUPS FOR GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER PEOPLE: SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON SAPPHO AND SWIKRITI:<br>Both Sappho and Swikriti are Kolkata based support groups. <br>SAPPHO AND SAPPHO FOR EQUALITY-A SUPPORT GROUP FOR LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER WOMEN:<br>Sappho, a Kolkata based support group for lesbian, bisexual and transgender, founded on 20th June, 1999, is the only group of its kind in Eastern India. It derives its name from the legendary character Sappho of ancient Greek literature, who was one of the most popular female poets from Mytilene on the island of Lesbos. The mission of the organization is to address the issues of sexually marginalized women in our society and to broaden the struggle for democracy for their equal rights, within the nation-state and beyond. Their vision is a society free of sexuality-based discriminations. The initial goal of the organization was to provide safe space for women with same sex preference; gradually it moved into a rights oriented movement to fight discrimination and hatred against marginalized women. They provide a non-judgmental and non-discriminatory support of everyone who seeks their help. In the larger society they are committed to fight the hegemonic hetero-normative order while affirming diversities and resisting divisiveness. Their struggle is against heterosexism
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