Tiger Beatdown - The Monstrous Clitoris: two stories about gender and sexuality in colonial Latin America


My latest at Tiger Beatdown, wherein I wrote the following sentence, which I believe sums up the contents of the post pretty well:


Tiger Beatdown: The Help is a model of the most unhelpful cinematography


Yeah, I saw it and I wrote about it. And I found out who financed it. Now I am left wondering about the implications.

Truly, this is a great post. Given all the commentary about this movie, one would reasonably be left wondering if it’s possible to say anything else that hasn’t already been said by six people. Flavia discovered that, in fact, there was something else to say! 

What exactly would compel Imagenation Abu Dhabi to invest in a movie that advances the idea of WoC’s lack of agency? What would compel this government owned company to back up a film that perpetuates rancid notions about the social standing and lives of domestic workers, when this government itself has often been accused of not addressing the abuse that domestic workers in the Emirates face in the hands of the ruling classes? I can assure you, this was not a random decision. This is politically motivated (every investment made by the government of the EmiratesIS politically motivated, even though we might not be able to pin point the exact reasons at first sight).

Tiger Beatdown: Moving away from Social Justice towards Social Wellbeing


Many of us identify part of our activism (be it through writing, community engagement, online, offline, etc.) as part of the broad umbrella of Social Justice. However, most of us (or at least I) do not necessarily devote a lot of time to think of the meaning behind Social Justice and how the whole idea came to be. I did now, and I am about to share with you my findings which are, somewhat problematic and not as fair as one might expect considering the movement is devoted to the idea of fairness to begin with. This questioning of Social Justice as an idea, as a political framework has also led me to try to formulate some ideas so that I can move forward and outside of it because I believe that, in more than one way, Social Justice does not exactly represent the kind of goal I wish to advance towards.

In which I take a step back and distance myself from the idea of Social Justice due to, well… read the piece, I have to entice you with something, no?