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'There is no difference between silence and violence': Watch this poet's piece on gender oppression

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'There is no difference between silence and violence': Watch this poet's piece on gender oppression (1 Viewer)

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‘In my culture, transgender is not just and identity, it is a tactic of survival’.

Widely-known American performance artist Alok Vaid-Menon’s new spoken word poem is a sharp commentary on growing up in families where only men call the shots, and how it affects the understanding of gender for other members.

Titled Trans/Generation, Vaid-Menon’s poem tackles how most people inherit “silence and violence” from the men in their families, and how it fuels gender oppression. Although Vaid-Menon’s grandmother calls them “the biggest disappointment in her life”, they still refuse to call her transphobic, because they feel it stems not from their gender oppression but from hers.

Vaid-Menon’s experience of surviving in their Indian-American family after coming out as gender non-conforming and trans-feminine also finds a mention in the poem.


 

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