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I Was Shamed For Being “Impure”

Women still grapple with the tradition of period isolation in southern India

MyMy grandmother Ritu was a tough village girl, always roughhousing with her cousins. She lived in a farmhouse with a cavernous granary for the rice her grandfather sold, a large central room that echoed with laughter during meal times. The family ate in rows, Brown legs crossed on…



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Padmini Parthasarathy

Padmini is an Oakland-based freelance journalist who writes about identity, gender, labor, development, and power.