Femonomic: Women Invite Crime

c02c27f8-1d50-440f-9def-29e3a1537457-1One of the best parts of blogging is meeting new people from around the world. This has been true for one woman I’ve followed, who is from India, Lovey Chaudhary. (Femonomic). I realized we shared similar ideas about women and social justice issues when she read and reviewed The Unhappy Wife four years ago. So, when she announced her book of poetry, Femonomic: Women Invite Crime, centered on raising people’s consciousness about how Indian women are (mis)treated, I was intrigued.

Poetry is sometimes stereotyped as flowery and light, but the poems found in this book are anything but. Although I knew Lovey’s background and stance, at first I was alarmed by how the book began. Titles like, “the fate of an unborn in womb” and “infanticide” introduce the reader to Indian culture where babies are murdered because they are not male children. But, I get it. The female species is undervalued at birth. The very idea of having a girl child is repulsive and unwelcomed. And, if girls are allowed to be born in this society, then poems like “acid attack cycle” demonstrate what could happen as they age. If you’re unfamiliar, then this link may provide background on this vile practice.

Another occurrence in this country is that crimes against women are rarely brought to justice because men continue to be in power in misogynistic and violent ways.

One of my favorite poems from her collection that shows the lack of consequence is “crime and punishment,” which I’ll share here:

one of many tainted times

the crime is not rewarded

with the retribution along the same lines

 

the archetypal excuses of the judiciary

and typical society

are silently soaked in sanguine saccharine

grinning gingerly

about legal implications and sentence

 

how ailing it is for you to drink

three cups of justice and two latest of equality

to hydrate pages with some ink while righteousness await

4f852cc4-b70e-4a8a-a4aa-162405a6ea41This poem speaks to me because of its universality. It demonstrates the injustices that many of us around the globe face. There doesn’t seem to be a real “justice system” for all, but rather a system that works for whomever is at the top of the power structure. I also think Chaudhary uses alliteration in a creative way. Silently soaked in sanguine saccharine sounds optimistic, especially because saccharine is sweet and sanguine can be positive, but the implication is that it isn’t. Injustices will continue as usual, not just for India, but for us all.

Chaudhary also asks rhetorical questions throughout, like this one, “Can the damage be undone for what our world has become” (p. 48).

This question and another poem, “plastic planet” is imperative for everyone. The Amazon fires and plastic floating in the ocean make me wonder the same thing. What can we do? Is it too late?

These poems are also inspirational. From self-love to anxiety, Chaudhary encourages the reader to get up and do more.

If you’re interested in poetry or any of the themes mentioned, then please purchase Femonomic: Women Invite Crime or follow her on these platforms:

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25 thoughts on “Femonomic: Women Invite Crime

  1. Thank you for your review of Femonomic it sounds like a powerful read. I like how you’ve summed up the justice system “There doesn’t seem to be a real “justice system” for all, but rather a system that works for whomever is at the top of the power structure.” Be safe Kathy!

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  2. That’s a wonderful poem. I’ve been following the #metoo movement in India and it looks like nothing has really come from it, no real justice for the victims, no real consequences for the perpetrators. It’s sickening and heartbreaking that a woman can suffer so much, but be denied justice and, essentially, be denied our humanity.

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  3. Treating any Human as “Not Worthy” is very unacceptable. The wonder of why a few Cultures hold such practices as sustainable. Reasons for such practice is the lack of respect for one’self. When there is no respect there is only a place for Ego to cloud one’s vision of equality. One who finds dominion over others will not find here on earth. Could this be the need for access to Virgins in Eternity? A “men only” perk.

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      1. One indication of the “why” is reading understanding and studying the varied books that are the guide to life. The one little accepted theory is that all words are of “God”. May me be directed to use the ones that are beneficial to Humanity.

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  4. Thanks for sharing this, KE. The same line grabbed me: “silently soaked in sanguine saccharine.” Full of clever double entendre. Sanguine can mean cheerfully optimistic or eager to shed blood. Saccharine is sweet but a fake, bitter-edged type of sweetness. I love poetry and it sounds like Femonomic would be a good read, with depth and substance. 🙂

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