"Took me years to peel off your words from my skin.
Took me years to rub the roses off my eyes and see the red flags as they were.
Took me years to learn oral sex isn't terrible, rape is. And that is what it was."
One can hope that teaching and studying Bhagat in classrooms allows students and teachers to ask and engage with difficult questions and representations that form a part of our daily code of conduct. If done properly, there couldn’t be a better mode of introspection.
The poem tackles multiple issues, from the hollowness of the "choice" that's often presented to women in terms of choosing to stay at home over picking careers, to the dismissal of house work as "real work", to the entitlement of sex within a marriage, to the continued decriminalization of #maritalrape in our country.
It is popularly assumed lesbians look a certain way – short, coloured hair, leather clothes, masculine attire. However, there are lesbian women who do not look masculine or behave in a masculine manner.