Write about Kamala Das and her notion of the typical Indian woman and male domination in the Indian society.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Das' writings help to illuminate how the intensely unique and personalized experience of being a woman cannot be stopped or denied no matter how patriarchal a society might be.  Das' unique brand of feminism is not dependent on any condition of patriarchy.  Rather, she writes from a point of view where being a woman is such an intricate quest through the realms of biology and psychology that no system based on patriarchy can suppress it.  The typical notion of male domination in Indian society is one of control and power.  

Das subverts this through her work that reflects the condition of "woman" as one where she "makes public traditionally private experiences, suggesting that women's personal feelings of longing and loss are part of the collective experience of womanhood." Exploring issues of sexual identity, menstruation, and psychological probing of self, Das has been able to construct a vision of woman that is so intricate that traditional male domination has not been able to develop a response to it.  In extolling these personal experiences, Das develops a realm where no amount of patriarchy can control and dominate a woman.  For example, in poems such as “Substitute,” “Gino,” and “The Suicide,”  Das examine physical love's failure to provide unity and satisfaction.  This means that no matter how much a man might wish to sexually dominate a woman, he might have her body, but he will never have her mind or soul.  This is one way in which Das' work is able to offer a unique perspective on the role of the typical Indian woman and the male domination that she might encounter.  Socially and politically, this power does not even come close to impacting the definition and consciousness intrinsic to being a "woman."

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