Women are genetically designed to be competitive, jealous and hate each other. We hear this myth a lot and several incidents maybe cited to prove it. But what we think is mere genes or psychology and therefore objective science do not actually exist in isolation. They are part of thousands of years of social conditioning. Being woman is a performance we are conditioned to perform, and how we behave is part of this performance.
The moment a baby is born with a vagina she’s told that she is a girl, and a girl has this one chance to make it in life, in youth grab a man and keep him, for old age, beget a son and keep him. A new born with penis are boys, and boys are told that the whole world is at their feet. Go out there and conquer, discover, explore, invent, build, destroy…the world is your canvas.
Women are told this house and its people is your world, you live or die here, and you have this single throne that you have to hold on to. Geography is small, position is just one, means of survival limited, competition becomes high. The subconscious therefore starts to build a defense and survival mechanism which is always trying to cancel out any other woman competing for the throne of the house.
It is for this reason that stories of brotherhood is common. Eternal saga of platonic friendship between two men, bothers in arms fighting the war giving up their lives for each other are all part of a large literary canon and have been themes for numerous movies, TV shows, songs, poetry and so on. But sisterhood or female bonding is rarely heard of. Women are portrayed as jealous friends or sisters eyeing for same men or mother-in-law and daughter-in-law trying to control the same man.
I am a photographer and I try to fill the gaps with my photographs. I love to create images and visuals of things I find missing from literature or popular culture. So here are some of my images to capture stories of eternal female bonding between friends, sisters, lovers and sisters in arms.
Universal sisterhood – all women irrespective of their class, caste, race, nationality are oppressed and their common enemy is patriarchy, they need solidarity to fight patriarchy – this was one of the earliest call of feminism. Here’s to universal sisterhood.
I deliberately do not share stories to support these photos. I think an image is a powerful tool of communication and I don’t want to restrict the potential meaning of that image by giving it a story. I want to keep the meaning open to interpretation and imagination. What you imagine is what can be, and who you are.
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