Saree not Sorry - Tanya Rawal

Saree not Saree will help women embrace the hyphen in being Indian-American - Tanya Rawal
They framed the brown girl ,in this country(America) it is easy to blame me - Alex Parish ,Quantico

Let's talk Xenophobia.

Wikipedia says ' Xenophobia' is the fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange.It can manifest itself in many ways involving the relations and perceptions of an ingroup towards an outgroup, including a fear of losing identity, suspicion of its activities, aggression, and desire to eliminate its presence to secure a presumed purity.Xenophobia can also be exhibited in the form of an "uncritical exaltation of another culture" in which a culture is ascribed "an unreal, stereotyped and exotic quality.

Are you all wondering how SareenotSorry is related to Alex Parish? and which change maker we are talking about ?
No more surprises for those who don't know the #SareenotSorry person!

We are talking about Tanya Rawal ,her one idea ,one spark ,a very noteworthy spirit took the social media by storm and it all originated as a class room lecture.Tanya hs been interviewed by multiple websites but then covering her exclusively by a brown person is special and that's what we do !being special and bringing out the special.

Tanya Rawal is an adjunct professor at California Riverside ,a true change maker by thought ,word and deed.She has strong opinions about her ethnicity,fashion and feminism which gave birth to the social movement that we would elaborate about.

Saree not Sorry started as a teaching experiment in the year 2015 and had taken Social Media by storm and the movement aims to embrace Indian ethnicity and promote intersectionality.In the professor’s words Saree not Saree will help women embrace the hyphen in being Indian-American.Saree not Sorry has received huge positive responses and support ,many women have pitched in and started instagramming sari clad pictures on social media.

Tanya wants to perform the intersection of the multiple social identities and political systems that shapes our everyday life.

Election fever is high in America and there are talks about immigration,cultural appropriation but there are also personal insults,hate speeches,trolling and xenophobia and here is Tanya's statements relating the Fashion and Politics 'Fashion can politically align you with a place and right now is not the time for me to politically align with the United States. Now when people look at me they have to see a different culture. A different fashion. A different aesthetic.

We are in total agreement with Tanya's statement and like her we also believe in not apologizing for our skin ,color ,language and culture and we cannot be attacked for looking like we don’t belong and  these attacks can't be justified with the idea that anyone brown is potentially a terrorist.

Let's never try to fit in ,be unapologetic (Never Say Sorry for who we are) and not wait for approvals and acceptance ,let's just celebrate our identity drape our sarees which is one most obvious symbol of Indian ethnicity.

Tell us how you would like to support Tanya's movement ,this is not just her movement this is all our movement especially the Indian American women,show your support by wearing a saree and post it in our comments!




References and Resources :

https://medium.com/@yayareadsmarx

http://www.today.com/style/sareenotsorry-movement-fights-xenophobia-social-media-t57111

https://www.buzzfeed.com/andreborges/this-woman-is-trying-to-reclaim-the-saree-in-america-and-its?utm_term=.lyOxRNbqQ#.gxE176KaA

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