Body Politics

The Continuum of Violence: Sexual Violence and Body Politics in Bangladesh

“The rapists are [like] beasts” is a phrase we often hear from authorities in response to incidences of sexual violence. It is a phrase which allows authorities to disassociate themselves from the structures that enable such violations in the first place. Above all, such disassociations also seek to invisibilise the ‘continuum of violence’ that is …

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Rape: Violation of Embodied Sexual Subjectivity

For women and other marginalized genders, who make up more than half of the world’s population, sexual violence is an everyday reality. But when language is created by the privileged, those that violate instead of being violated, how would we know what happens when someone violates another sexually? How would we understand the harm it …

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The African Body and Popular Culture

This article centers itself on body politics, with a specific focus on reflections regarding the body in African popular culture. Relying on the experimental findings and analytical works of South African writers/researchers Mpho Motseki and Toks Oyedemi, this article aims to aid in contributing towards an informative discussion on body politics from the perspective of …

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Car Ride Revelations: Your Body Can Only Get You so Far 

An unhinged cliche. I drive on the Charlotte highway — leaving a hookup — completely fried. Ugh, I think to myself, I shouldn’t have done this. Weed always intensifies whatever subconscious feelings that I am trying to suppress. I haven’t felt like myself in months: unemployed, no space to call my own, no cards in …

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Cartoon Commentary on Body Politics: Some International Perspectives

Through a political commentary that astutely combines visuals with occasional words, cartoons challenge us to look at our world differently. Because of this, cartooning can be a dangerous occupation, and worldwide we have seen cartoonists harassed, censored, tortured, imprisoned, or killed for their work. For Shuddhashar’s issue on Body Politics, the Cartoonist Rights Network Internationalist, …

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Time, Torture, Trauma: The Scars of “Psychological” Torture

The Nunca Más report, researched and written by the specially formed Comisión Nacional sobre la Desaparición de Personas (National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons, CONADEP), investigated and reported the brutality of the Argentine junta during the Dirty War. Their 1984 report was envisioned as a moment of reckoning; an opportunity for the reeling country …

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Reclaiming the Body, Making Home in the Skin: Healing from Trauma through Tattoos

When I was born, I brought the family together. A grandmother and her husband, who had disowned My mother, who had taken up and married An alcoholic father, who had left another family behind and would be left behind in turn. I was cut from a hostile organic womb and encased within a hostile artificial …

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Body Politics of the Indian State in the COVID-19 Era: from an Ambedkarite Lens

A health pandemic is a complex phenomenon that can’t be merely understood in biomedical terms while ignoring the socio-cultural context of how it has spread, and the way countries have responded to it. For this reason, many scholars like Reyes (2020) and Horton (2020) have argued that we need to look at natural/health disasters in …

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