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Her experiences in those two years in Mumbai before the couple moved to Los Angeles forever clouded the way Aarya thought of the city in which she had grown up.“Being with my own husband would make me uncomfortable because men would pass lewd comments with even more alacrity than when I was alone,” said Aarya.At times she ignored the comments, but when she did try to fight back, some men found the aggression titillating: “! )” At play here is the stereotype that men from the West are interested in women mainly for sexual gratification.
“One of them grabbed my other hand and held it very tightly for a few seconds, and ran away,” Pradhan recalled.
Then there is patriarchy: Women who venture out of the nest to seek a mate must lack decency.
And there’s the drive towards conformity: The ugly head that raises itself at the sight of anything that dares to deviate from the norm.
Such attitudes towards mixed-race couples are just another expression of the intolerance that won’t countenance Hindu women marrying Muslim men.
And a mixed-race couple in which one person is black often brings out the worst kind of racism.