If you knew as many women as I know, who are forced or coaxed into marriages, where the man uses them only for sex, to birth kids, to take care of his parents, to iron his clothes and serve tea to his friends, with absolutely no regard for her well being or happiness, and you saw women just tagging along walking behind them, hands full with kids and a belly full with another one, doing things on command existing as nothing but to serve them, you’d want to set the men on fire too.

2012'de bulgaristan'daki öğrenci eylemlerinde, Desi adlı genç kız ağlayarak polis şiddetine isyan etmiş. İlk fotoğraf da orada çekilmiş. Önünde ağladığı Ivan adlı genç polis ise hayatının en önemli kırılma noktasını bu sırada yaşayarak “ben napıyorum?” demiş. Cinsel yönelimini gizleyerek polislik yapan Ivan'a bir de öğrencileri tartaklama emirleri ağır gelmiş ve kendisi polisliği bırakmış. Ivan ve Desi zaman içinde arkadaş olmuş ve ikinci fotoğraf da bu yıl Bulgaristan'daki Pride'da çekilmiş.

T’was the night before Eid, when all through the house

mothers were ironing clothes for her kids and her spouse.

The henna was applied so intricately with care,

girls hoping that it wouldn’t get smeared everywhere.

The children talked about what food they will eat,

as all throughout the month they were craving for sweets.

So as the blessings of Ramadan comes to an end,

we will celebrate Eid to say goodbye to a friend.

I hope y'all understand why I emphasize that I’m Transgender in my selfies - I have YET to see Punjabi CISgender people in Western media. My Punjabi Transgender community is even more marginalized.

before we begin explaining actual myths, we’d like to address a few misconceptions, or rather myth-conceptions:

first: contrary to popular belief, hinduism is not a polytheistic religion (polytheistic meaning believing in multiple gods), but rather a monotheistic one. yes, there are several gods we reference (i.e.: brahma, vishnu, shiva, etc.) but if western writers actually bothered to properly research, they would find that some denominations of hindus believe that all of these gods are merely forms/manifestations of the Supreme Deity, Parameshwara, and that everything in the universe i also a manifestation of him/them. this does not, however, take away from the significance of other deities.

second: the syllable aum (om) is not merely something you say while standing in the tree pose, but also the most sacred sound of both hinduism and some forms of buddhism (which originated from hinduism) and represents the complete creation of brahma and by extension, Parameshwara. that is to say: the sound aum is the frequency of the universe.

third: karma, pronounced [karma] and not [KARma] is the record of everything you’ve done in your life, the good, the bad, and the ugly. it dictates what happens to you after your life is over not what happens to you while you are still alive, so the phrase “karma’s a b*tch” when used in the context of minor inconveniences in life is, in fact, inaccurate.

fourth: who the fuck told y’all we worship cows? while it’s true we consider cows sacred, and many denominations of hinduism don’t eat beef because of this, you won’t find anyone treating cows themselves like literal gods. that just isn’t a thing.

fifth: no, you cannot randomly call yourself hindu because you think “third eyes” and “chakras” and whatever exotified bullshit you ran into in yoga class is sooooo trendy. some people do convert to hinduism – personally i know a few hindu converts who aren’t of south asian descent, and they are some of the most respectful and religious people i have met – but please, don’t pick and choose the parts of a religion that you think are cool and exotic. and for the love of the gods, don’t culturally appropriate. recognise that hinduism has a deep and interconnected history with south asian culture, and that not all of it is your place to take part in.

sixth: a bindi/bottu/tikka/tip is not just a “forehead decoration,” it is a symbol of shakti, power, and corresponds with the mythos behind chakras (pronounced [chakra] not [CHAKra]). do your fucking homework before you misuse a powerful symbol of south asian culture and don’t try to tell us that we’re overreacting.

seventh: not all hindus are peaceful, and hindu extremists do exist! hindus have a long history of islamophobia, for one, which has resulted in violence, and also discrimination against people of the sikh faith (see: indira gandhi, anti-sikh riots of 1984). also, the hindu nationalist (or hindutva) movement is as violent as any other extremist group you’d encounter. most hindus are generally pretty chill and don’t agree with these extremists’ views but even so, it’s dangerous to assume every hindu is gentle, because that overlooks and minimises the actions of these groups.

eighth: hinduism itself has no problems with the LGBT+ community. in fact many hindu deities have feminine/masculine/non-human forms (i.e.: vishnu and mohini,) and can therefore be interpreted as nb/genderfluid. there are also a few myths that challenge conventional heteronormativity.