Being A Woman In Two Cultures

The two countries that I’ve lived in for an extended period of time, and therefore feel I’m in a position to compare notes on, are India and the U.S.  I was born and raised all over India, and moved to the U.S. in my late teens.  I studied, lived and worked in the U.S. and returned to India when I was almost 30.

I have often been asked how life for me in India compares to living in the U.S. or vice-versa.  That’s a question with a whole complex dimension to it that I’m still working out for myself.

But the question that is increasingly significant for me personally, one that oddly I’ve never been asked, is: How does living as a woman in India compare with living as a woman in the U.S.?

I answer that question in the following article “Where Are All The Women?” This is not a social analysis of gender in the east and the west.  Rather it is my personal experience of what it has meant for me to live as a woman in these two countries.  How each of the cultures and societies impacted on me – on my personal sense of womanhood and feminine space.To read the article click here.

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  1. I just returned from Egypt with the same male monopoly of public space. Men sit and talk with each other, play board games, and smoke water pipes on the sidewalks, and do jobs that women do in the west like clean hotel rooms. Women on the streets move directly to their destination without any play time. I was able to interview three women activists, demonstrators in Tahrir Square. One of them, a nurse, said men want to keep women looking down rather than straight ahead. Wearing hijab and nicrob also bind women. If men are the problem, they should be required to wear special eye gear.

  2. Sharon-marie

     /  August 31, 2011

    You got it right Girl eyeware ha ha love it


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