The Orinam Blog: Different

Published: March 21, 2014

 Those who do not conform to society’s norms of ‘appropriate’ gender presentation and behaviour are subjected to harassment and bullying through much of their lives. Such gender non-conformity is a visible marker of difference, even though it may not be linked to same-sex attraction or to identification as transgender.

It started thus for me:

During school days, my teachers perceived extra grace in my dance movements and selected me to play the role of the female consort of a male deity in a stage play. They also spared me, as they did with girls, the corporal punishment they freely employed on boys.

Ever since, a series of unconnected events have kept reinforcing that I am different.

Some of these are, Observing me walk in front of him, my uncle cautioned me to change my gait, lest people call me a ‘lady’.

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