- File Size: 709 KB
- Print Length: 68 pages
- Publisher: De.B. Dubois; 1 edition (September 24, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 24, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075WSXFD6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,497,928 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
OTHERNESS: SOULS OF BROWN WOMEN Kindle Edition
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As a matter of fact, brown women face the bias with regard to their skin color even in their own homeland-- a constant reminder from family, society, matrimonial market etc.
But there is one mention in the book that I don't agree with. The Vedas in their true form have held women in high regard or we wouldn't have goddesses and deities still worshiped. The interpretations and other works which followed suit often had subtle changes brought in by the men who wrote it. The physical strength and the superiority they felt had to be manifested in the society. What better way than transcribing or interpreting something powerful as the Veda? Well, I am no pundit, but from the limited knowledge, I got from articles I read or speeches I heard by people who know their Vedas, mentioned how the outer world actually influenced what was once the most balanced society gender-wise.
Once there was a society where women chose their partners and the family name was transferred through the mother. Women were the heir of the family. Yes, I am talking about the matriarchal society which has become almost extinct now. Though some of the customs are still practiced in Kerala, they are near extinction. Once these brown women held the complete power of the family, which in turn was a strong foundation for the society.
One of the oldest civilizations dating back to 3000 BC would not have survived and achieved glory without some concrete balance between the genders.
Back to the book. I have seen, heard and known these issues faced by colored women and the very plight of brown women which is mentioned in the book. And as we read, we realize in no soft terms, the compromises brown women have to make every day to suit the demands or expectations of the society.
For every blow to a brown women's soul, we, brown women have a mark to prove it.
Otherness is a bold, truthful and strong narration-- a book meant for contemplation and true insight into brown women’s soul.
It speaks of the fight for survival women face even before they are born. The fight continues till the end, each step is hard to take, each victory through a lot of sweat and blood.
The worst enemy of a woman is more often than not another woman. We know of many such instances where a woman stops another from succeeding or achieving something.
It is a book that speaks to your heart. It is a reflection of the inner turmoil and obstacles we woman often face.
In India, we are no strangers to the discrimination faced due to skin colour and herein lay the strength of this book. It lays bare the prejudice we will face when we go abroad since we are all brown women. Not white enough for the whites there.
Sharp crisp sentences, deep thought, and detailed research make this a crisp and detailed book. The writing is flawless and point on. The author uses her words with conviction and knowledge.
The references to the articles and news about atrocities towards women make it so much more real than just a book. It is an homage to women everywhere.
Read to see the dark underbelly of living abroad and feeling the unfair standards we are judged by. Just like, we judge others.
I loved Ms. Dubois's voice. A slight aggression, a suppressed anger. And above all - raising all those questions which the 20 me had often asked - the 30 me had fought for and 40 me is slowly stopping to care about. Well done, Ms. Dubois.