There are structures real, there are structures imaginary. There are structures we dismantle, there are structures that dismantle us. For our ancestors, the Tower of Babel of the latter league, the fascinating origin myth in the Genesis, was answer to these age-old questions: “What pulled us apart, the human race, into distinct speech communities? How do we explain the complexity of our linguistic diversity?” Remember then, we also have structures that connect us. In a world that speaks more than 7000 languages, translation is our bridge, translation is what connects us.
What is “Rape Culture?” Activists of the 70s, more accurately the “second wave feminists” of the United States of America, coined the term to demonstrate how society normalises the act of male sexual violence on women. An updated understanding now tells us that this culture of rape affects all genders, not necessarily the cis-gender. What are the characteristic features of a rape culture? As mentioned already, it normalises male sexual violence.
On 15th July of this year, the world will witness one more “HP phenomenon”, as it is called now, since the publication of the first book of the series in 1997. The second part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Movie) will be released worldwide by Warner Bros, sparing the Potter fanatics of their anxiety. It has been more than a decade since Harry’s adventures and his magical world has been revealed to us, to the ordinary Muggles. In 2003, Oxford English Dictionary has added ‘Muggle’ to the list of words in it and isn’t that enough for the popularity of the series?