Parlourwaalis

All that I’ve learned about feminism and its intersectionality, pitfalls, and successes can be distilled into a visit to my neighborhood beauty parlour. You know the kinds. You’ve been to one too; the types with no fancy frills or single-use wax sticks. The one where there’s no concept of disposable ‘gowns’ for you to wear….

5 South East Asian Women Poets You Should Be Reading Right Now

In the recent months, sufficient controversy & public discourse has been generated about the popularity of Rupi Kaur – a Canadian poet of South Asian descent. Kaur has gained substantial international fan-following via social media, Instagram in particular, for writing condensed verses accompanied by minimalistic sketches that skim over subjects pertaining to immigrant life, gendered…

Fight like a Girl

10 Eponymous. The most ignorant myth perpetuated about childhood abuse is that all sufferers/survivors must have experienced some form of measurable or visible violence. If the story isn’t grafted on your physical skin, it is possibly untrue. That if your devastation hasn’t been continual and corporeal, it wasn’t exigent. That you MUST have always hated…

The Good Survivor Myth

In my early 20s, as part of a training program in psychotherapy, I had the opportunity to sit through a series of observership cases with my guide/mentor who specializes in doing work with women who experienced PTSD/MDD. After one of the more harrowing sessions, the young girl we were consulting with waited back for the…