November 27, 2018

Selfie and conforming to conventions of beauty

ICYMI: Cambridge professor @DianeCoyle1859 picks the best economics books of 2018, featuring books by @kaushikcbasu, Robert Sugden, @CC_Rosenthal, Angela Penrose, and Karl Sigmund @basicbooks , @PrincetonUPress, @Harvard_Press, @OUPEconomics #readinglist

In ancient #India theater promoted the values upheld by the society. De-linking #sacred from theater has done much harm to the art form

Such a graceful and divine performance of Kathak. From music to minute gestures of eyebrows and fingers...everything is perfect in classical in it purest sense.
If only North Indians could rescue this ancient dance form from the world of mujras...
It's futile. I tried to go through some books. All of them with their heavy leftist agenda claims that dance is no older than 17th century! Only almost forgotten nationalist sources traced it's origin to Mahabharata.
Kathak was hijacked for the mujras of Islamic courts drowned into debauchery. Liberal history asserts that's kathak had no existence before it appeared in Islamic courts. And if it had existence then it is heavily persianized. Ganga Jamuni tehzeeb gugu gaga nonsense.!
Manu Hindus of North  then going by this portrayal of  Kathak considers it as impure/heavily Islamicized modern dance and hence neglect that heritage.

Also, let's not kid ourselves into thinking it's the selfie that's made people focus on physical appearances. We've been obsessed with establishing and conforming to conventions of beauty for centuries. And hating ourselves for falling short.

“I think it’s important we maintain a sense of proportion and we don’t confuse someone touching a knee at dinner with being raped,” #LionelShriver tells @BhavyaDore

[every woman who watched him felt loved and respected. Women themselves want to be seen as seductive and are totally focused on their physical appearance because that must attract attention. In Rajesh Khanna’s films women were objects of adoration.] -Sunayana Panda

[Sunayana, a young, vivacious editor at a leading publishing house, finds herself drawn into a disorienting but compelling liaison with Ashok, a reserved but well-known middle-aged surgeon.] Body Offering (2013), Author: Makarand Paranjape @MakrandParanspe

The greatest bondage is not external, but what Hindus have been taught to believe, things like — ‘All religions are equal’. This being taught without context or nuance in our schools and institutions, continues to further the farrago of false equivalence.

Dr Iravatham Mahadevan: A Tribute To An Indus Intellectual: he exposed left dishonesty in the case of Ayodhya. via @swarajyamag

Yes! Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong. is an excellent book. Highly recommend reading it, especially if (like me) you're a complete dolt on the science front.

Agree. Can't stress enough the importance of reading #inferior by @AngelaDSaini to debunk some of this science (most of it TBH) that exists to prove male vs female stereotypes

But here’s a question: Was it ever realistic to expect Sandberg to behave differently?
Why do we assume female leaders are inherently gentler and less egomaniacal? With so few examples to draw from, how on earth would we even know?

In recent years, the voices of survivors and activists, through campaigns such as #MeToo, #TimesUp, #Niunamenos, #NotOneMore, #BalanceTonPorc and others, have reached a crescendo that cannot be silenced any more. #16days of activism #OrangeTheWorld #HearMetoo #Nov25th

Speaking of motherhood, this article on the changes wrought upon a women's body during pregnancy is an amazing read.
But as alluringly action-packed as these analogies are, they remain wholly speculative. And indeed, theories of conflict in and beyond the womb are just that. As the biologist Stephen Stearns at Yale has remarked: ‘the annals of research journals are littered with the corpses of beautiful ideas that were killed by facts’. At present, there is no definitive proof that the microchimeric activity, commonly described as conflict, combat or colonisation, reveals one entity pitted against the other. The assumption that the solitary organism strictly pursues goals of survival and genetic self-interest favours a parsimonious view of the individual: homo economicus operating in an environment of scarcity, in eternal competition with a nameless other.
The self emerging from microchimeric research appears to be of a different order: porous, unbounded, rendered constituently. Nelson suggests that each human being is not so much an isolated island as a dynamic ecosystem. And if this is the case, the question follows as to how this state of collectivity changes our conscious and unconscious motivations. If I am both my children and my mother, if I carry traces of my sibling and remnants of pregnancies that never resulted in birth, does that change who I am and the way I behave in the world? If we are to take to heart Whitman’s multitudes, we encounter an I composed of shared identity, collective affiliations and motivations that emerge not from a mean and solitary struggle, but a group investment in greater survival. Katherine Rowland is the publisher and director of Guernica magazine
"Mothers are expected to repress their emotional, hormonal and bodily changes while also bearing the burden of family and career expectations."

Disregard for women’s consent and misogyny are deeply rooted in our religious, cultural and literary traditions. Several instances can be seen in both #Ramayana and #Mahabharata #MeToo

Hinduism gives highest respect-rights to Women. Ramayana: A modern independent woman capable of living single after marriage. Mahabharata: A woman given right to have 5 husbands in a society where only men had polygamy. Liberalism? Study vedic rights for women.

Many Mandirs have depictions of homosexuality and unlike any other religion, Hindu religion is fine with all kinds of sexual orientation. These ignorant morons are turning a pride march into a Modi-Mandir thing.

Which is why RW-LW adds to confusion in Indian context. Let our side be called Dharmic with a capital D. Let them be called Progressive with a capital P - since that is what they seem to prefer and I do not want to demonise their point of view to begin with; only in due course :)

While "fatalism, determinism, and predeterminism are discrete in stressing different aspects of the futility of human will or the foreordination of destiny" "a dramatic change or event happens suddenly and is very noticeable and surprising; is exciting and impressive" #FiveDreams

"In fairness, these studies were observational studies, so they do not prove higher LDL-C directly protected against dementia."
"But as alluringly action-packed as these analogies are, they remain wholly speculative." #InSight #Mars

Marx is railed against but remembered for: "Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it." Stephen Stearns pointed out: "the annals of research journals are littered with the corpses of beautiful ideas that were killed by facts"

Savitri Era Learning Forum: Bernard Lewis, Nick Dirks, and Lily Myers #SriAurobindo Posted by Tusar Nath Mohapatra @NathTusar at November 26, 2018 Location: Shipra Riviera, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh 201014, India

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