[IndiChix] Chix Semantics
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Fri Jan 11 22:49:43 UTC 2008
Thanks Vid and Gayathri for the comments. [And Vid apologies for
forgetting subject and inline etiquette!]
> > BTW re. the question of Chix or Bharatiya Nari :) --
> ..... the word "Bharatiya Nari" in a wider connotation, conjures up
> images of the sari clad, kitchen slaving, obedient, subservient,
> self-sacrificing Indian woman .... Is that what Linuxchix is all
> about ?
> Um, dont quite think Nari by itself projects the subservience
> factor. It means one who is gentle and cheerful.
The question came up at FOSS and there was general laughter at the
Bharatiya Nari suggestion, because of the "popular" association Vid
mentions. I am actually interested in hearing more peoples' thoughts
since you've raised an interesting question, which passed as a joke
For eg, even if I have no problems being gentle and cheerful, I might
want sometimes a right to have a different demeanor (umm, think,
classic geek, say, RMS - he is many things, we could say brilliant
programmer, aggressive speaker, movement builder, etc ; but NOT
gentle and cheerful. But to apply Nari to a group of grrl geeks would
imply that we aspire to that cheery image)- ie somehow it has always
been more OK for guys to be grumpy geeks; women are supposed to be
cheerful even when under stress, working hard as geeks but being
regular people too.
So, if we cld run with this question a bit longer, what do others
think of the "gendered image" of the geek ?
[And by extension I guess I am also asking, what can Indichix do to
address issues of image, or do u think this is relevant at all?]
> The thing is we as a chapter should identify or connect some manner
> to LinuxChix and IndiChix does that quite well.
Yes I agree.
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