Anamika Majumdar on Be the Woman

Anamika Majumdar, Ph.D. on Be the Woman...Anamika Majumdar has a Ph.D. Women's Studies and is about to become a mother for the first time... 

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I feel more like a woman...I notice when I'm walking around and interacting with people, I feel more like a woman, more comfortable to be a woman.

Anamika on Being a Woman

I was away a bit sceptical about "being a woman" in the sense that the people I hang around with and the research I do is quite feminist politically. So I haven't always bought into the "being a woman" thing – it's just recently. That's been a huge thing, to actually find out that it's not what I thought it's about. It's not a rejection of things like standing up and being counted and standing up for injustice. I don't have to stop doing those things. It's more in the way that it's done – that's the key. And I never really got that before...

Anamika on How Be the Woman is Different

I've read a lot of personal develop stuff. I'm good at having visions about how I want to be and what I want to do, but this course really taught me that it is about action. There are ways to become something or do something but it usually involves taking steps and actually getting up and doing things, rather than just thinking about things or talking about things, actually going out and doing things to take you out of your comfort zone...That was really inspiring.

Anamika On A Eureka Moment...

One eureka moment was when Guru Kaur talks about "other people's opinion". I always thought, "yeah I'm not going to let other people's opinion get to me"...but I became quite confused when she started to talk about manners. It's only through discussing it with her on the forum that I realised there is another way to look at it, that how I act on the world also has a consequence, that my opinion is "other people's opinion" to someone else...That was such a eureka moment for me.

I'm used to just arguing with people and I've become quite good at it. My parents argue a lot so it's quite natural for me that if I don't agree with what you're saying then I will discuss it with you. But I'd come away from interactions thinking "Oh god, why did I have to say that?" But it was too late usually, whereas now, having that in my head, I notice that I check myself whoever I'm with in conversation and it's much better. Because it's almost like a reflex action "Oh yeah? I think this."... I can still think it. There's nothing wrong with that but I don't always need to voice it. Or it's about voicing it in the right way at the right time rather than just "BLAAHH!"...It's quite liberating and quite powerful to be able to step back sometimes. That statement really changed everything...

Anamika On Having the Time and the Right Tools...

I wanted to do something different...but I didn't really know how to get there. It's having these little tools. It's not a massive thing you have to do. It's a lot of little things that you can do gradually and over time. That's been really useful to think that it doesn't have to be a huge thing that takes so much time and energy.

 
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