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I wrote something on how Indian cinema reinforces a culture that's harmful for women in the guise of freedom of expression; and how it has the effect of endangering even the limited freedom women have.

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A while ago I said I would try and make a list of the kinds of content that could amount to casteist cyber bullying.
I forgot about it, simply because I didn't see any content of that nature here. But I just saw the same happen on twitter. So I'm going to help moderate this space. What I may put down may not be comprehensive, but I'll try to be as comprehensive as possible. I'll toot it first so that I have other bahujan people who could add to this. And then make a file. So let's go.

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How to identify & moderate caste-based cyberbullying content?
The type of posts that are offensive, insulting and humiliating to the bahujan Community comprising of identities of Dalits (Former "untouchables), Bahujans( backward castes that were ertswhole known as Shudras) and Adivasi (Tribal populations).
By Upper castes (UC) (A.ka. Savarnas) I mean the people belonging to the Brahmin, Kshatriya and Vaishyia (in that order) Varnas)
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(These definitions are for non-Indians to understand.)

My very competent govt. is planning to increase the GST rates on all goods. Yes, during a SLOWDOWN.
Only a while ago, they cut the corporate taxes, hoping that will spur investments from the corporates. So basically the average person will be paying for the tax cuts for the rich.

A brilliant piece on LiveWire about cinema and how it affects the society we live in.

Bollywood Hypocrisy: Mixed Signals and Faux Feminism.

livewire.thewire.in/out-and-ab

I wrote something on how Indian cinema reinforces a culture that's harmful for women in the guise of freedom of expression; and how it has the effect of endangering even the limited freedom women have.

livewire.thewire.in/out-and-ab

Early people of the Internet were hosting their own servers and web pages. Of-course they were privileged people who know the how-to of running those.

Then as usual under Capitalism, some saw opportunities to profit by providing servers and spaces. When they were still figuring out what constitutes as value in Internet, a lot of capital went into it did not produce ROI (Return of Investment). Usually this is called as the “dot com burst” and Mr. Eben Moglen wrote a Manifesto on top of it which he titled, The dotCommunist Manifesto

After this period, they figured out what to capture as assets and value. It’s the data and interactions. They wanted to know all aspects of our life (public and private) and wanted to eradicate the idea of #Privacy in Internet. A lot of capital means Centralization for capturing values.

Centralization means single point of control. Single point of control means mass surveillance. Mass surveillance means lack of freedom with a selective kill switch in their control and self-censorship. Almost all of use here in #Fediverse know why we are here.

And here we are retrying to democratize the online space by decentralizing control and distributing data. The same way how the human society started with commons in scarcity and discrimination and then evolved into the regime of private property and now fighting to win a new world of commons again without those negative discriminations.

History has valuable lessons. We cannot afford to repeat same mistakes now and then. As mentioned, the early Internet users had the privilege to run their own servers. With old-phase and new-phase there is a qualitative and quantitative difference.

The tools that we have today to host our own means of communication are ofcourse sophisticated and better than what was there old-days. It needs to get more accessible for the masses to adopt it.

Manyver.se is a very good example of that.

Spoke to a RW who thinks Economic slowdown is fake news.

"Blue Dawn connects people from marginalized communities with affordable and accessible mental health services through an online portal." ozy.com/the-new-and-the-next/w

@Lawandemotions Gatekeepers often don't have the ability to sift the valuable from the mediocre. They take up positions as gatekeepers for purposes of power not duty. This is not just true for philosophy, but for all forms of creative output.

Why do people go to the most privileged people for philosophical advice? Except for the fact that they have the time to sit and think up shit and write it down and the social capital to get published, there is often not much substance or practicality in their philosophies.

If you really want to know how to live through trauma, pain and struggles asked those who have had the experience of the same. Ask the people who are systemically, put through pain and Trauma.

Reading a book on ethics written by a Brahmin.
He gives a snap shot into various philosophies. Indian and Western. Western Philosophy he states the tenets and criticism. Indian philosophy though, I don't see any criticism.

The problem with such type of content- casteist Misogyny, is that it's mostly in regional languages (Tamil & Hindi). Which may make it harder to moderate it. Egs for this are- Saying/implying dalit women are raped because their bodies are dispensible and the most "impurest". Or combining caste slurs with Misogynist slurs. 12/n

Intersection of caste & misogyny:
So while casteism is one thing, there is also sexism and casteist Misogyny in India, where by Dalit/Advasi women being at the worst recieving end. On twitter, such casteist and misogynistic slurs are used to shut down or harrass dalit women activists.
This usually is of the nature of making these insults graphically about female private parts and sexuality to shame and embarrass dalit women. 11/n

Congratulations Trans People of India. Your government has protected your rights. Now look forward to having to strip In front of doctors to get a certificate saying you're trans so policemen can laugh at you while you complain of being raped.

♦️ Therefore, Brahmins/ Savarnas crying hoarse about reverse discrimination, or about Bahujans attacking their religious sentiments, is akin to white supremists feeling "oppressed" because black people challenge their racism.

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