A Letter to Choto Thamma
“A letter to Choto Thamma” is an academic essay written in the format of an informal letter highlighting the difficult yet fulfilling nature of conversation that one has to have with their loved ones when trying to unlearn and dismantle normative binary notions of sex and gender. In this letter, the author tries to communicate the problematic nature of the sex binary to her Bengali grandmother (Choto Thamma is the Bengali term for grandmother), so that they can better support a close family member who has just come out as a transgender woman. By referencing academic readings, the author attempts to not only make the concepts related to trans literature accessible for her grandmother but also tries to ground it to a decolonial Bengali conception of sex, gender and sexuality.
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