SEE

Artists from Bangalore have added some very nuanced narratives to the gender chronicles repository. Please browse though the images to see more details.

Welcome! Rest your thoughts here and explore the gender stories collected in journals, emails, MIRO board, videos and more. Scroll till the end!

Yamini Das, 

Singer & Actor

Ritasha Rathore, 

Actor

Kalki Koechlin,

Actor & Writer

Kalki Subramaniyam, 

Artist & Activist

Nagina,

Aagaaz Theatre

Kusum Ba

Kawal Oberoi,

Graphic Designer & Podcaster

Mriga Kapadiya, 

Fashion Designer 

Divyank D'Souza, 

Stylist

Jasmine, 

Aagaaz Theatre

Spicy Tutu Boy, 

Dancer

What does gender mean to you?

Manly men

What is gender story? Well to be honest, I don't know. My story is gendered stereotypically. I'm a sucker for 'manly' men, eventhough I know they're bad for me. They suck. They tell me what to do and how to do it. And that's toxic but so hot. It's like I want to be oppressed lot? Gross. I hate admitting it, I DON'T KNOW GENDER. It's too much to think about.

A little porn

A little porn never hurt nobody. Why are women shamed so much for watching porn? When I was 14, a parent glanced over my search history and found that i had looked up a raunchy scene from a movie, with a lot more nudity than usual films. But the scene itself? Completely consensual. Plus it was an actor I was obsessed with at the time okay? Sue me. But later in the day I was interrogated for my... actions. "Why did you look that up? What if you start watching porn in the future?" I do watch porn. Very, very occasionally. And I feel so guilty every time I do it. Why is it that every time we take interest in our own bodies, our pleasure, we're met with so much disgust? It's because we live in a society that's still too scared to have conversations about things like this. 21st century, my ass. We're still living in the fucking dark ages.

Two stories.

One. Pune, 2001, walking back home from the cyber cafe around 11pm. I heard male voices behind me and checked. They were my age. I turned left. They turned left. I turned right. They turned right. I turned left, panicking. They turned too. I was properly scared now. Without thinking too much, I screeched to a halt. Deliberately turned and looked at them. They looked at me. Stopped chatting. Walked past me. Quiet. Then they turned into the gate of the building right next to mine! One of them gave me a sympathetic look. I felt my brain melt and leak out of my ears. So much despair that this is the relationship I had with every unknown male. I was 21, a student.

TwoMy friend Sara didn't have that relationship. She believed deliberately politically in trust. One night she and her sister thought two boys were following them on their scooter. They came alongside and began singing. Dark night. Lonely road. Instead of panicking, Sara joined them in the singing. Then her sister. Two scooters. Four young people. All singing. Then they went their separate ways. 2000, Bangalore.

- Anonymous

Chronicles from the gender journals
Manly men

What is gender story? Well to be honest, I don't know. My story is gendered stereotypically. I'm a sucker for 'manly' men, eventhough I know they're bad for me. They suck. They tell me what to do and how to do it. And that's toxic but so hot. It's like I want to be oppressed lot? Gross. I hate admitting it, I DON'T KNOW GENDER. It's too much to think about.

A little porn

A little porn never hurt nobody. Why are women shamed so much for watching porn? When I was 14, a parent glanced over my search history and found that i had looked up a raunchy scene from a movie, with a lot more nudity than usual films. But the scene itself? Completely consensual. Plus it was an actor I was obsessed with at the time okay? Sue me. But later in the day I was interrogated for my... actions. "Why did you look that up? What if you start watching porn in the future?" I do watch porn. Very, very occasionally. And I feel so guilty every time I do it. Why is it that every time we take interest in our own bodies, our pleasure, we're met with so much disgust? It's because we live in a society that's still too scared to have conversations about things like this. 21st century, my ass. We're still living in the fucking dark ages.

Third Item

​Click to add your own text. To customize it click Edit Text. You can upload custom fonts, scale text, change heading tags and more. Get the look you want.

Boxes with books, stickers and stationery that people used to create their art, jot down their thought, sometimes rant and rave, sometimes reflect and introspect on everything that constituted gender stories. Many contributors  poured their heart out to the gender journals that went around town collecting little nuggets of our collective experiences. 

by Ashley Jude Mario Tellis
 

OFFERING