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Yesterday, on a bumpy bus ride home from Dhaka, Bangladesh I watched a Bengali soap opera and did a bit of math. I will have been to eleven countries, flown out of thirteen separate airports, slept in over seventy-eight different beds, gotten more food-related sickness than any one female could have ever dreamed of
Over Skype a friend of mine, suspended in disbelief asked, “Did I read on your blog that your students performed the Vagina Monologues?” “Yeah, it was incredible,” I responded with enthusiasm. “I am shocked that they allowed that at a women’s university in Chittagong, Bangladesh. My ‘progressive’ liberal arts college in the U.S. hardly did.”
Close to nightfall one Wednesday night in Chittagong, Bangladesh, small lanterns sprinkled the sky, set into flight from the nearby Buddhist Temple. The paper lanterns encompassed the city spectators in an awe-inspiring and magical evening backdrop
I hail a CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) in the pouring rain. I read off the scribbled writing I have on a legal pad to the driver. Blank stare. I repeat the name of the building again, this time attempting a Bangla accent. The driver gives a half-assuring nod.
13 women. Traveling to teach for a year in one of the most crowded places on the planet. With a year supplies of tampons. And no promise of alcohol for the next ten months. Yep, you guessed it. These women have what Emma Stone refers to in the film Easy A as ‘lady balls.’