No More Nice Girls: Gender, Power, and Why It’s Time to Stop Playing by the Rules

Written By Lauren McKeon
The Walrus Books & House of Anansi
Published: March 3, 2020
V. T. Nayani was featured in Chapter 7: I See You Now.

Excerpt: "For Nayani, inclusive and authentic storytelling doesn’t mean making space within existing institutions; it means helping people to create their own spaces and to create them everywhere. “I will make a very different film from another Tamil girl from Vancouver or Montreal or even the other side of Scarborough,” she said, adding that all those voices together will help to reimagine different futures — to reimagine stories about Black, Indigenous, and other people of colour not necessarily as singular narratives of oppression, prejudice, and racism, but also as stories about people who thrive, love, and have joy. Let’s instead feed into the idea of abundance, she stressed. Let’s work toward a future in which everybody recognizes that these stories deserve space to be told. Let’s dream up new worlds, she said, that allow us to be seen how we’d like to be seen and invent how we’d like our lives to look."

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