On bodies and gender, and what Pinki Pramanik teaches us
The story of Pinki Pramanik and her partner can be pieced together like any other story of intimacy gone bad. After all, human beings invariably encounter pain and betrayal in intimate relationships, just as they encounter joy and desire. No relationship is free of power, whether produced by individual personalities or by social structures — patriarchy, the assumption of heterosexuality as natural, caste, class, race. Why then has Pinki’s story become about something else altogether? Because we assume that our bodies are “naturally” male or female.
But would anyone pass a gender test?
Last year I had posted The disappearing body and feminist thought on kafila, raising very much the same issues.