I found gratitude in February. Here are all things that were life last month.
A conversation on safe spaces – One of Mumbai’s performance/art spaces and Shamir’s former employer hosted a discussion on safety in performing spaces. We shared experiences, fears, ideas and some hopes for this landscape that we are all committed to.
SXArena: The Third Wheel, UnValentined! and Digital Dil – We decided to try a new format that included poetry, conversations and some simple games to explore ideas of sexuality and gender. The topics of our day were polyamory, relationships outside the primary romantic one, love in the times of hookup and connections beyond the commerce.
The SXonomics Show: Touch Me Not – We were invited to conduct a gender sensitisation drive for The Habitat. We rolled this out as a series of 1 hour shows that combine comedy, satire, music, poetry and dramatic performance to address hard questions. Our first show addressed sexual harassment. It received a good response and this very encouraging review. We have since done one more show on gender (im)balance and have another four coming up (every alternate Monday at The Habitat, 7:30PM).
The SXonomics Show is a 6-part series of stage performances, roleplay and conversations. Each show addresses an issue of gender sensitivity. The first, this Monday is about sexual harassment and safe spaces. When: 7.30PM, 17 Feb 2018 Where: The Habitat, Khar West @indiehabitat #spokenword #dramaticsatire #stage #stageshow #stageperformer #safespace #sexualharassment #sexuality #sex #harassment #consent #consentviolation #consentawareness #sexualpolitics #gender #genderroles #abuse #rape #rapeculture #gendering #feminism #feminists #patriarchy
We, The XX Chromosome: Women’s Web and SheThePeople hosted a two day Women Writers’ Festival 2018 and invited us to do a show themed ‘We, The XX Chromosome’. Our 45 minute performance addressed gender stereotyping, the casting couch, rape culture, outdated fairytales and consent violation.
We're proud to be on the line-up at @shethepeopletv Women Writer's Festival 2018 with our new set 'We, The XX Chromosomes'. 4pm-4.45pm, Max Mueller Bhavan, Sat 24 Feb. We'll be addressing media narratives, sexual politics and self-image in the experience of being a woman. #feminism #feminists #feminist #patriarchy #consentviolation #consentawareness #ConsentkoMaroGoli #bollywoodstarlet #castingcouch #sexualpolitics #sexualharassment #sexuality #sex #womanhood #women #feministfairytale #SXonomics #shethepeople #womenwriters #wethexxchromosome
I started a new friendship and that person came to one of our events just as a show of support. Their presence and their ideas expanded our world view on gender, sexuality and love.
I wasn’t nearly as good at the old friendships. I think after 2017, I found it hard to remember that there were still people who liked me and wanted to spend some moments of their lives with me. But friendliness came knocking in gentle, sweet ways. I went to another old friend’s birthday party without a gift because I had just had no time to get one. But on the way, I stopped and picked up a lily because it reminded me of her. She thanked me so many times, I felt bad that I had categorised our friendship as needing the commercial validation of a store-bought gift. And yesterday she told me that the flower had continued to bloom and spread its fragrance all across her house. This is so lovely.
Press Clipping We live in a world that wounds us just for existing. And shames us for vanity, pride, joy and anything else that shows our independent personhood. Remember that the press is just that. Don't be flattened by other people's impressions of you. And don't be defined by the words they call you. Follow my writings on https://www.yourquote.in/ideasmithy #SXonomics #selfesteem #womanhood #feminism #feminist #independence #independentwoman #women #invalidation #personhood
Let me just say life is mischievous at times. 😋
There are days when I fear getting carried away and that this will all crash land. I do love how much I’m learning, though. After a recent show, a member of the audience told us that she had seen one of our early performances and we had come a long way from that. That just feels so, so, so very good.
Every now and then, Ishmeet says or does something on stage and I marvel at how a mind can work and how a gesture or a facial expression can be used to convey an idea. It’s like learning a new language and I’ve always enjoyed that.
I am still awkward in my transitions on and off stage. But stage fright does not cripple me as badly now. I’m learning to enjoy even the mistakes I make, laugh at the times I am clumsy. And that’s the same lesson as life itself, isn’t it? Look up at the stars but also find time to laugh when you trip over the stones. And always, make room for the flowers.
Here’s a handful of SXonomics laughs coming your way. This is our first video.
What does the future hold? Well, Aadhar card linkages and income tax returns. But also four new SXonomics shows, SX-on-Mics (our first community event on Women’s Day) and more videos. And a lily or two.