painting corners of aptness upon a chessboard of boundaries

nagariya

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Many assumed marginal customs -- sati was one, adopting which apparently showed the piety and ancestry of these clans. [...] This was a deadly combination women would repeatedly confront. Propriety stoked this further, ironically added to by Victorian do-gooders. Trying to help women, reformers emphasised 'womanly' qualities like modesty and sacrifice, painting corners of aptness upon a chessboard of boundaries and punishments.
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  • gramman

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    The chessboard of boundaries and punishments represents the environment provided women in the traditional Indian culture, and the corners of aptness represent the Victorian culture that is "painted" on it, reinforcing it.
     
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