‘Ketch Dis’: Envisioning Alternatives to Gender-Based Violence in the Caribbean
The construction and policing of difference, including gender difference, is itself a form of violence. This kind of power relation also lays a basis for systemic expressions of violence, including the denial of human rights, androcentrism, the sexual division of labour and homophobia. Ultimately, learning to live with multiple ways of being is key to challenging a dualistic and hierarchical organization of social relations, and creating greater gender justice. The spoken word music video, discussed in this essay, uses poetry and images from Trinidad to spark discussion about difference, othering and exclusion. The video can be used to facilitate discussion about the lines we draw between each other and the consequences for those marginalized by social norms. This essay provides some background to the video’s approach and some questions for those using it to facilitate dialogue, questioning and greater openness about, among other things, diverse gender and sexual identities in the Caribbean.