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  • Emma at One Young World 2016
First post of my new theme and I’m probably going to keep it that way for a long time✨
Most of us, through the course of the years of our life, have at least for once been dissatisfied with our appearance, how we look. This is a result of many factors such as the huge impact of the social media where we see utopian bodies or even the rules we should follow to be socially accepted, some of which include beauty standards. From a very young age we are told that we won’t belong if we don’t have a perfect body like the supermodels we see in magazines. We punish ourselves by not eating for hours or even days in order to lose weight, or on the other hand we start eating continuously to gain some more weight. But getting through this procedure does not have a positive outcome as people not only fail to be the truest version of themselves, but in some cases people face health problems or even death. We call ourselves fat or thin, ugly or hideous based on other people’s appearances while we don’t understand that these words, or at least the negative ones shouldn’t even exist. Does it worth it? Trying to look like something imaginary and being constantly depressed? I say each and everyone of you is beautiful the way you are. With all your characteristics. White skin is beautiful. Black skin is beautiful. Every skin colour is beautiful. Every hair colour is beautiful. Every body, and I’ll say it again every body is beautiful. Freckles are beautiful. Scars are beautiful. Everything of your body is beautiful because it is unique and it shows who you are. You are beautiful like the sun in the morning. Like the stars in the night. Like the flowers in the spring or the snowflakes in the winter. You are beautiful the way you are. Love yourself because it matters in this world the most and above all love yourself because above being someone’s daughter, son, sister, brother or anything else, you are your own person for whom you should be proud of because of who this person is. Love you all❤️🌈
@emmawatson 
#emmawatson
  • Emma at One Young World 2016
    First post of my new theme and I’m probably going to keep it that way for a long time✨
    Most of us, through the course of the years of our life, have at least for once been dissatisfied with our appearance, how we look. This is a result of many factors such as the huge impact of the social media where we see utopian bodies or even the rules we should follow to be socially accepted, some of which include beauty standards. From a very young age we are told that we won’t belong if we don’t have a perfect body like the supermodels we see in magazines. We punish ourselves by not eating for hours or even days in order to lose weight, or on the other hand we start eating continuously to gain some more weight. But getting through this procedure does not have a positive outcome as people not only fail to be the truest version of themselves, but in some cases people face health problems or even death. We call ourselves fat or thin, ugly or hideous based on other people’s appearances while we don’t understand that these words, or at least the negative ones shouldn’t even exist. Does it worth it? Trying to look like something imaginary and being constantly depressed? I say each and everyone of you is beautiful the way you are. With all your characteristics. White skin is beautiful. Black skin is beautiful. Every skin colour is beautiful. Every hair colour is beautiful. Every body, and I’ll say it again every body is beautiful. Freckles are beautiful. Scars are beautiful. Everything of your body is beautiful because it is unique and it shows who you are. You are beautiful like the sun in the morning. Like the stars in the night. Like the flowers in the spring or the snowflakes in the winter. You are beautiful the way you are. Love yourself because it matters in this world the most and above all love yourself because above being someone’s daughter, son, sister, brother or anything else, you are your own person for whom you should be proud of because of who this person is. Love you all❤️🌈
    @emmawatson
    #emmawatson

  •  188  32  15 hours ago
  • what's your favourite non-popular harry potter ship? (like, not the basic ones like romione, hinny, jily, harmione,....)
  • what's your favourite non-popular harry potter ship? (like, not the basic ones like romione, hinny, jily, harmione,....)

  •  1,078  75  19 hours ago
  • I am strongly considering starting my own world book tour as @mybookworldtour inspires me daily with her journey. Only I will probably read male authors as well to make it a tad easier, with obvious preference for womxn authors. So my QOTD for you my dears is: Any advice? Books, or accounts I can follow for inspiration?
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  • I am strongly considering starting my own world book tour as @mybookworldtour inspires me daily with her journey. Only I will probably read male authors as well to make it a tad easier, with obvious preference for womxn authors. So my QOTD for you my dears is: Any advice? Books, or accounts I can follow for inspiration?
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    #reading #igreads #readingtime #booktips #oursharedshelf #bookaesthetic #diversityreads #tipnaknihu #igbooks #booksofig #booksaremagic #bookstagramer #bookstagrammers #books #book #booksbooksbooks #booklover #readtheworld #bookloversofinstagram #read #readersofinstagram #readmorebooks #readingisfundamental #readingishot #knihomol #bookworldtour #fun #worldbooktravel #photooftheday #instagood

  •  158  17  22 hours ago
  • The first book in our Books You May Have Missed series (#BYMHM) is The Unreliable Death of Lady Grange by Sue Lawrence. A reimagined story of a true crime, this book is based on the true story of betrayal, abduction and exile of Lady Grange on St Kilda in 1732. How an educated woman of rank and status simply 'disappeared' at the hands of her husband. It's time for #TheRealLadyGrange to have her say. .
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#LadyGrange #StKilda #MonachIsles #ScottishHistory #kidnapped #exile #betrayal #historicalfiction #jacobites #feminism #lostvoices #womensrights #womensequality #nastywomen #womensvoices #oursharedshelf
  • The first book in our Books You May Have Missed series ( #BYMHM) is The Unreliable Death of Lady Grange by Sue Lawrence. A reimagined story of a true crime, this book is based on the true story of betrayal, abduction and exile of Lady Grange on St Kilda in 1732. How an educated woman of rank and status simply 'disappeared' at the hands of her husband. It's time for #TheRealLadyGrange to have her say. .
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    #LadyGrange #StKilda #MonachIsles #ScottishHistory #kidnapped #exile #betrayal #historicalfiction #jacobites #feminism #lostvoices #womensrights #womensequality #nastywomen #womensvoices #oursharedshelf

  •  19  4  23 hours ago
  • This woman looks stunning in literally anything omg 🥺 Anyways, new outfit recreation!
  • This woman looks stunning in literally anything omg 🥺 Anyways, new outfit recreation!

  •  84  8  26 May, 2020
  • I bought the book for the catchy title and then it sat on my bookshelf for well.... forever.
I picked it up in March as the COvid clamp downs were slowly taking effect in different countries. The author breaks things down in 23 fairly easy reading chapters - each tackling a different aspect of the economy. His main point of view for the book is that free market capitalism may not be the savior that economists have been touting and that we should take a more measured approach. I found it enlightening and it has helped me understand some of the underlying assumptions which economists have taken into account whilst advising countries on policies. 
#23thingstheydonttellyouaboutcapitalism #hajoonchang
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  • I bought the book for the catchy title and then it sat on my bookshelf for well.... forever.
    I picked it up in March as the COvid clamp downs were slowly taking effect in different countries. The author breaks things down in 23 fairly easy reading chapters - each tackling a different aspect of the economy. His main point of view for the book is that free market capitalism may not be the savior that economists have been touting and that we should take a more measured approach. I found it enlightening and it has helped me understand some of the underlying assumptions which economists have taken into account whilst advising countries on policies.
    #23thingstheydonttellyouaboutcapitalism #hajoonchang
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  •  37  4  26 May, 2020
  • This is for Demiurge, my family, relatives, friends, and readers... 147th Article (link in bio) 🖊📃📖📚
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#literature #humanity #creativewriter #reader #stylospace #goodreads #human #book #ode #writer #reader #bookshelf #oursharedshelf #literary #communityofwriters #author #aesthetics #verse #content #pages #stanza #pageturner #publishing #manuscript #word #wordpress #hubpages #inspired #wattpad #scrolls #chapters
  • This is for Demiurge, my family, relatives, friends, and readers... 147th Article (link in bio) 🖊📃📖📚
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    #literature #humanity #creativewriter #reader #stylospace #goodreads #human #book #ode #writer #reader #bookshelf #oursharedshelf #literary #communityofwriters #author #aesthetics #verse #content #pages #stanza #pageturner #publishing #manuscript #word #wordpress #hubpages #inspired #wattpad #scrolls #chapters

  •  3  0  25 May, 2020

Top #oursharedshelf Posts

  • Happy International Women’s Day! Here’s to all the women that put themselves on the line and have broken silence around rape culture and violence against women. I am so grateful for your strong voices.⁣
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In my continuing search for answers, I feel very grateful to have encountered Sex & World Peace by Valerie M. Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli and Chad F. Emmett and I’m excited to share it with you on International Women’s Day.⁣ ⁣
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The book reveals that so much in the state of our world: security, prosperity, development, democracy, justice and world peace is clearly dependent on and stems from how we treat women and girls. With this highly readable and extensively researched textbook, the authors encourage a holistic view when it comes to national and international relations – the whole tree, not just the branches, but the roots. ⁣ ⁣
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With practical chapters on achieving positive change, the book also offers us personal and societal calls to action while emphasizing that states who have the most power to make change must centralize the concerns of women where security, legal reform and justice is at stake and this includes equality in the decision-making process. Sex & World Peace shows us how gender inequality is a form of violence that impacts everything from population growth to economies to regime type. For me, this book illuminates how we got where we are today, and along with it, a way forward.⁣ ⁣☮️🙏🏽✨❤️⁣
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#sexandworldpeace #internationalwomensday @columbiauniversitypress @womanstatsproject #oursharedshelf
  • Happy International Women’s Day! Here’s to all the women that put themselves on the line and have broken silence around rape culture and violence against women. I am so grateful for your strong voices.⁣

    In my continuing search for answers, I feel very grateful to have encountered Sex & World Peace by Valerie M. Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli and Chad F. Emmett and I’m excited to share it with you on International Women’s Day.⁣ ⁣

    The book reveals that so much in the state of our world: security, prosperity, development, democracy, justice and world peace is clearly dependent on and stems from how we treat women and girls. With this highly readable and extensively researched textbook, the authors encourage a holistic view when it comes to national and international relations – the whole tree, not just the branches, but the roots. ⁣ ⁣
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    With practical chapters on achieving positive change, the book also offers us personal and societal calls to action while emphasizing that states who have the most power to make change must centralize the concerns of women where security, legal reform and justice is at stake and this includes equality in the decision-making process. Sex & World Peace shows us how gender inequality is a form of violence that impacts everything from population growth to economies to regime type. For me, this book illuminates how we got where we are today, and along with it, a way forward.⁣ ⁣☮️🙏🏽✨❤️⁣

    #sexandworldpeace #internationalwomensday @columbiauniversitypress @womanstatsproject #oursharedshelf

  •  796,903  2,769  8 March, 2020
  • “You want to see a very bad man? Make an ordinary man successful beyond his imagination. Let’s see how good he is when he can do whatever he wants.”-Min Jin Lee, Pachinko .
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This was a long but very interesting read. I understood very little about the Japanese colonization or Korean history before picking up this book so I was a little intimidated. However, Min Jin Lee did a beautiful job delivering all the historical info by taking us on a journey through the various lives of all her characters over the span of four generations. These characters, their different hardships during wartime, and their struggles in seeking a better life in the midst of political turmoil reminded me of the sad fact that history always repeats itself. Unfortunately, it seems as if we never learn from past mistakes. The Japanese treatment of Korean refugees during WWII is no different than immigrant treatment all over the world now. The silver lining is that ultimately people survive.  Stories like this remind us of perseverance, strength, and friendship. And that people can adapt and thrive amidst all of their hardships.
  • “You want to see a very bad man? Make an ordinary man successful beyond his imagination. Let’s see how good he is when he can do whatever he wants.”-Min Jin Lee, Pachinko .
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    This was a long but very interesting read. I understood very little about the Japanese colonization or Korean history before picking up this book so I was a little intimidated. However, Min Jin Lee did a beautiful job delivering all the historical info by taking us on a journey through the various lives of all her characters over the span of four generations. These characters, their different hardships during wartime, and their struggles in seeking a better life in the midst of political turmoil reminded me of the sad fact that history always repeats itself. Unfortunately, it seems as if we never learn from past mistakes. The Japanese treatment of Korean refugees during WWII is no different than immigrant treatment all over the world now. The silver lining is that ultimately people survive. Stories like this remind us of perseverance, strength, and friendship. And that people can adapt and thrive amidst all of their hardships.

  •  163  18  3 February, 2020
  • "Never hate on someone's idol, it could be the only reason they're alive" - Ariana Grande
it's crazy how many hate comments i've seen in the last time and i don't refer specifically to this fandom. people are hating on celebrities because they're themselves. when someone is confident and happy in a bikini or ig when they're wearing less clothes, people are calling them sluts, hoes, wannabes. whatever they post, someone always writes hate comments. we shouldn't forget that also celebrities are people with feelings. they may see the comments or messages and feel bad. there's no reason for you to hate a person you don't know personally. you can dislike them or just not care about them but don't hate on them. it doesn't help you and certainly not others. keep your opinions for yourself. you don't wanna read comments on your own post calling you ugly, boring or fake either. try to empathize with others and treat people the way you want to be treated. making others feel loved also feels so much better for yourself that spreading negativity. so you can making yourself happy while making others happy too. it's the easiest thing in the world but some people still don't understand how important it is. just remember always that there's a real person behind the screen. and i'm sure the haters would also ask celebrities for a photo when they meet them in public and would be mad if they deny it so why not be nice if you want them to be nice to you too? thank you.
#letsspreadpositivity
  • "Never hate on someone's idol, it could be the only reason they're alive" - Ariana Grande
    it's crazy how many hate comments i've seen in the last time and i don't refer specifically to this fandom. people are hating on celebrities because they're themselves. when someone is confident and happy in a bikini or ig when they're wearing less clothes, people are calling them sluts, hoes, wannabes. whatever they post, someone always writes hate comments. we shouldn't forget that also celebrities are people with feelings. they may see the comments or messages and feel bad. there's no reason for you to hate a person you don't know personally. you can dislike them or just not care about them but don't hate on them. it doesn't help you and certainly not others. keep your opinions for yourself. you don't wanna read comments on your own post calling you ugly, boring or fake either. try to empathize with others and treat people the way you want to be treated. making others feel loved also feels so much better for yourself that spreading negativity. so you can making yourself happy while making others happy too. it's the easiest thing in the world but some people still don't understand how important it is. just remember always that there's a real person behind the screen. and i'm sure the haters would also ask celebrities for a photo when they meet them in public and would be mad if they deny it so why not be nice if you want them to be nice to you too? thank you.
    #letsspreadpositivity

  •  10,916  119  15 May, 2020
  • she's cute either way🥺
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"I see the magazines working that Photoshop
We know that shit ain't real, come on now, make it stop
If you got beauty beauty just raise 'em up
'Cause every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top"
i just needed to share this song lyrics by @meghan_trainor .
You see models or even actresses or other famous people on pictures and think "wow, i wanna look like them"/"i wanna be this beautiful too" YOU ARE!
you can't look like the because no one looks the same, even twins have differences. but you're unique. there's no one like you in this world. no one has your nose, your eyes, your mouth, your forehead, your arms, legs, your body! you are the only person that looks like this, the only one that can smile as beautiful as you do. being different doesn't mean being ugly. the word ugly shouldn't even exist because there are no ugly people, there are only beautiful people and each one is beautiful in their own way which makes it even more special. i hope you can smile a bit now because, as i said, this makes you even more beautiful if that is even possible. because whoa, are u even real?? you look so good, it's seriously insane. appreciate your own kind of beauty, you're the only one that will ever get it.
  • she's cute either way🥺
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    "I see the magazines working that Photoshop
    We know that shit ain't real, come on now, make it stop
    If you got beauty beauty just raise 'em up
    'Cause every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top"
    i just needed to share this song lyrics by @meghan_trainor .
    You see models or even actresses or other famous people on pictures and think "wow, i wanna look like them"/"i wanna be this beautiful too" YOU ARE!
    you can't look like the because no one looks the same, even twins have differences. but you're unique. there's no one like you in this world. no one has your nose, your eyes, your mouth, your forehead, your arms, legs, your body! you are the only person that looks like this, the only one that can smile as beautiful as you do. being different doesn't mean being ugly. the word ugly shouldn't even exist because there are no ugly people, there are only beautiful people and each one is beautiful in their own way which makes it even more special. i hope you can smile a bit now because, as i said, this makes you even more beautiful if that is even possible. because whoa, are u even real?? you look so good, it's seriously insane. appreciate your own kind of beauty, you're the only one that will ever get it.

  •  4,436  63  13 May, 2020
  • How many times have you read (or heard) a retelling of Cinderella? There are so many versions, some of them great, some of them maybe not as great. Well this one falls firmly into the former. It's SO GOOD. I'm fact, I think this has actually become my very favorite retelling.
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In this story, Cinderella goes to the ball escorted by coachwomen and footwomen. She meets the prince, who is very polite and genuine and feels very badly that he seems to have scared off a woman so thoroughly that she left her shoe behind. And she and the prince discover not romance, but kindred spirits in one another (after all, as the story says, they are not old enough to get married anyway, so we don't have to worry about that part of the story). And then Cinderella - well, Ella, opens up a cake shop and helps children in need. Oh, and her mother, the brave sea captain, returns home. I mean.
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I love every word, every line and every page of this book. There are so many amazing quotes. And the silhouette illustrations are perfection. This is the version of Cinderella I want my girls to know and love. Official age range is something ridiculous like 7-10. This is a fantastic read aloud for all ages!
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This post is also my pick for @thefamilyedit 's #thekidsbookedit challenge, which I am hosting this month (today!)! The theme I chose is - surprise, surprise - girl power kids books!  Quite a few of you have been tagging your posts, but it's not too late!  Tag me and @thefamilyedit and use the hashtag to spread more great titles! @thefamilyedit will be posting in her stories and I'll share some, too, so keep an eye out!
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  • How many times have you read (or heard) a retelling of Cinderella? There are so many versions, some of them great, some of them maybe not as great. Well this one falls firmly into the former. It's SO GOOD. I'm fact, I think this has actually become my very favorite retelling.
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    In this story, Cinderella goes to the ball escorted by coachwomen and footwomen. She meets the prince, who is very polite and genuine and feels very badly that he seems to have scared off a woman so thoroughly that she left her shoe behind. And she and the prince discover not romance, but kindred spirits in one another (after all, as the story says, they are not old enough to get married anyway, so we don't have to worry about that part of the story). And then Cinderella - well, Ella, opens up a cake shop and helps children in need. Oh, and her mother, the brave sea captain, returns home. I mean.
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    I love every word, every line and every page of this book. There are so many amazing quotes. And the silhouette illustrations are perfection. This is the version of Cinderella I want my girls to know and love. Official age range is something ridiculous like 7-10. This is a fantastic read aloud for all ages!
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    This post is also my pick for @thefamilyedit 's #thekidsbookedit challenge, which I am hosting this month (today!)! The theme I chose is - surprise, surprise - girl power kids books! Quite a few of you have been tagging your posts, but it's not too late! Tag me and @thefamilyedit and use the hashtag to spread more great titles! @thefamilyedit will be posting in her stories and I'll share some, too, so keep an eye out!
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  •  126  13  29 January, 2020
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Hey! It was #WorldBookDay and I finished reading The Power by Naomi Alderman so I would like to share some thoughts about it. I loved this book so much, it should be read by everyone.
It is about women suddenly gaining some electric power and being able to hurt people and more things. In the book you see enormous changes in different fields like politics or religion, sexism being mostly towards men and those who are "weak", men being afraid of women because a lot of them end up in terrible actions, different movements, everyone wanting to have more power etc, kind of a reverse of the current real situation sometimes.
This book is so intelligent and illuminating and at the same time disturbing and uncomfortable. At the moments I thought I would be less interested, it surprised and amazed me. I was speechless so many times. You get to see how power can corrupt people, what a destruction the gender inequality (no matter which gender) can bring, it creates a lot of thoughts and questions about this issue. Personally, inequality sickens me and reading this book empowered my will and belief that something has to be done, that we all deserve to have the same rights and opportunities. Because in our days there is still discrimination and sexism against both women and men. Because there are still crimes and stereotypes. Because it shouldn't only be about women supporting women or men supporting men etc but people supporting people. And I truly believe that we should all be equal, none less or more powerful than the other.
If you have the opportunity to read this book, I really hope you do!! I love you all 💜
#emmawatson @emmawatson #oursharedshelf @oursharedshelf
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    Hey! It was #WorldBookDay and I finished reading The Power by Naomi Alderman so I would like to share some thoughts about it. I loved this book so much, it should be read by everyone.
    It is about women suddenly gaining some electric power and being able to hurt people and more things. In the book you see enormous changes in different fields like politics or religion, sexism being mostly towards men and those who are "weak", men being afraid of women because a lot of them end up in terrible actions, different movements, everyone wanting to have more power etc, kind of a reverse of the current real situation sometimes.
    This book is so intelligent and illuminating and at the same time disturbing and uncomfortable. At the moments I thought I would be less interested, it surprised and amazed me. I was speechless so many times. You get to see how power can corrupt people, what a destruction the gender inequality (no matter which gender) can bring, it creates a lot of thoughts and questions about this issue. Personally, inequality sickens me and reading this book empowered my will and belief that something has to be done, that we all deserve to have the same rights and opportunities. Because in our days there is still discrimination and sexism against both women and men. Because there are still crimes and stereotypes. Because it shouldn't only be about women supporting women or men supporting men etc but people supporting people. And I truly believe that we should all be equal, none less or more powerful than the other.
    If you have the opportunity to read this book, I really hope you do!! I love you all 💜
    #emmawatson @emmawatson #oursharedshelf @oursharedshelf

  •  4,009  46  23 April, 2020
  • It's not an unknown fact that Valmiki's Ramayana treats its female characters poorly, like many other canonical texts. Revising and reframing of such texts thus become a way of presenting a counterpoint to the prevailing male voice.
Volga's retelling is a collection of short stories with Sita as the central character at the backdrop of the Ramayana. Her revision aims at giving strength to Sita and paves the way for her liberation. Volga not only fleshes out, extends and gives an added dimension to the female characters who have been relegated to a position of neglect - Urmila, Ahalya, Renuka, Surpanakha - but makes them the guiding forces in Sita's journey to self realization.
Volga thus retells the myth from another perspective and questions the patriarchal concepts of purity and chastity. Her revision forces the reader to question and evaluate accepted notions of 'good' and 'bad', 'right' and 'wrong'.
I recommend reading this, especially if you are a student of gender studies or are generally interested in feminism.
  • It's not an unknown fact that Valmiki's Ramayana treats its female characters poorly, like many other canonical texts. Revising and reframing of such texts thus become a way of presenting a counterpoint to the prevailing male voice.
    Volga's retelling is a collection of short stories with Sita as the central character at the backdrop of the Ramayana. Her revision aims at giving strength to Sita and paves the way for her liberation. Volga not only fleshes out, extends and gives an added dimension to the female characters who have been relegated to a position of neglect - Urmila, Ahalya, Renuka, Surpanakha - but makes them the guiding forces in Sita's journey to self realization.
    Volga thus retells the myth from another perspective and questions the patriarchal concepts of purity and chastity. Her revision forces the reader to question and evaluate accepted notions of 'good' and 'bad', 'right' and 'wrong'.
    I recommend reading this, especially if you are a student of gender studies or are generally interested in feminism.

  •  113  8  4 April, 2020