tamilness

sundersea  asked:

i'm sure you've seen my gushy tags but I just wanted to say: your webcomic is filling a hole in me I never knew existed. I love love love that these are characters existing IN INDIA and it feels like physical, real proof that my gayness/gender questions and my tamil/south indian/hindu identities CAN intersect. It is not one or the other, it's both! So thank you so much :') just wanted to express my wholehearted appreciation <3

Hey therE friendo !!! 

I initially contemplated setting Puu in the States. That being said, I’ve seen waaaaayyyy too many ABCDs and immigrant south asians thinking that their moral compass is greater than people in India because now they’re so “American.” But progressiveness is not American or Western; in fact, the West took the progressiveness of colonized countries, flushed it down the drain, made our cultures overly backwards and conservative, and are selling back to us a sort of newly-found, Western-catered progressiveness in place of the cultural complexity and acceptance we used to have. (I’m not saying that it was the West’s plan to sell back progressiveness; it’s kind of just the sequence of how things happened, and the fault is that the West doesn’t understand the irony of this in comparison to their misdeeds.) 

And yes! I really, really wanted to make a big point about how LGBT and POC identities/culture/faith can intersect! We’ve often been told that we have to choose one or the other, but I made sure that my characters prove this kind of mentality wrong. LGBT people are just like anybody else; just because we’re queer doesn’t mean we’re antithetical to our cultures and now must suddenly become Western. 

And really, thank you and other many fans of Puu that the webcomic has garnered! <3 I really wouldn’t have been able to go anywhere with it without everyone’s support and kindness. 

And this answer can be a sort of catch-all for similar anon messages that I’ve received, since I can’t answer and publish all of them ! (I do read ALL of them tho!! <333 ) 

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After 3000 years of caste apartheid, oppression, subjugation, servitude, subhuman treatment, genocide, colonization, invasion, white washing, gentrification, rapes, acid attacks, stoning, slavery and every other horrible crime against humanity – do you think it’s right to teach these people color blindness? Do you think it’s right to teach their children forgiveness over justice? Do you think its right to parade black people that look like them but who are in relationships with white people in front of them like they are success stories? After three thousand years of being disenfranchised and almost being genocided and erased out of history and having received no justice, would you tell these black people – we’re all humans?

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M.I.A 2015

When you go home after that you have to deal with people that don’t get it and don’t know the intricacies, and ask ‘why aren’t you more famous?’. And they don’t realise the politics behind every single step you make as a musician, of toeing the line for what you’re trying to stand up for, or protect, or speak for. Those hurdles come up every day, because if you speak up for this person, you lose that opportunity. Or if you cover this demographic then you lose that other demographic.

I’m 27 & divorced. I had such a big struggle being a social stigma after being divorced. I was equivalent to a widow in India. No flowers to adorn my long hair. No colorful sarees (so I didn’t attract more attention than I needed). And most importantly, no bindi or as we say in Tamil pottu. Why? Because I no longer had a husband. Absolute rubbish.

I RECLAIMED the bindi because it’s my identity as a Hindu Indian woman. I cut my hair & called it a day. Now I’m not saying non Hindu women can’t wear it. I’m saying there’s a symbolic reason to why I do wear it now. I take pride in having it again because it was once taken away. Not again. It’s mine. Be respectful and kind. 🙏