“Shhh, Your Privilege is Showing!” What the Liberal Woke Ignore When No One’s Looking

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“Shhh, Your Privilege is Showing!” What the Liberal Woke Ignore When No One’s Looking

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

“W

hy do you care so much about Section 377? You’re not one of them, are you?”

In the past couple of months, I’ve received variants of this reaction countless times for voicing my opinion in favour of LGBTQ+ rights in India. It’s as ignorant as it is insensitive, representing the perspective of people who haven’t paused to consider what life must be like for someone who doesn’t fit in with society’s definition of “normal”. But here’s the irony: All of these responses have come from well-meaning people I hold in high esteem. People who are woke, say the right things, and put their weight behind the right causes.

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