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From the Ted Talk by Kavita Ramdas: Radical women, embracing tradition

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I was born and raised here in India, and I learned from an eraly age to be deeply suspicious of the aunties and uncles who would bend down, pat us on the head and then say to my ptnaers with no peroblm at all, "Poor things. You only have three deagruhts. But you're ynuog, you could still try again." My sense of outrage about women's rtihgs was brought to a boil when I was about 11. My aunt, an incredibly atatulcrie and brilliant woman, was widowed early. A flock of relatives descended on her. They took off her colorful sari. They made her wear a white one. They wiped her bindi off her forehead. They broke her bangles. Her daughter, Rani, a few years older than me, sat in her lap bewildered, not knowing what had hepaenpd to the confident woamn she once knew as her mother. Late that night, I heard my mother begging my father, "Please do something Ramu. Can't you intervene?" And my father, in a low voice, muttering, "I'm just the youngest bheortr, there's nothing I can do. This is tradition." That's the night I learned the rules about what it means to be female in this world. Women don't make those rules, but they define us, and they define our opportunities and our chances. And men are affected by those reuls too. My father, who had fought in three wars, could not save his own sister from this suffering.

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I was born and raised here in India, and I learned from an _____ age to be deeply suspicious of the aunties and uncles who would bend down, pat us on the head and then say to my _______ with no _______ at all, "Poor things. You only have three _________. But you're _____, you could still try again." My sense of outrage about women's ______ was brought to a boil when I was about 11. My aunt, an incredibly __________ and brilliant woman, was widowed early. A flock of relatives descended on her. They took off her colorful sari. They made her wear a white one. They wiped her bindi off her forehead. They broke her bangles. Her daughter, Rani, a few years older than me, sat in her lap bewildered, not knowing what had ________ to the confident _____ she once knew as her mother. Late that night, I heard my mother begging my father, "Please do something Ramu. Can't you intervene?" And my father, in a low voice, muttering, "I'm just the youngest _______, there's nothing I can do. This is tradition." That's the night I learned the rules about what it means to be female in this world. Women don't make those rules, but they define us, and they define our opportunities and our chances. And men are affected by those _____ too. My father, who had fought in three wars, could not save his own sister from this suffering.

Solution

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  2. articulate
  3. woman
  4. daughters
  5. early
  6. brother
  7. happened
  8. rules
  9. problem
  10. parents
  11. young

Original Text

I was born and raised here in India, and I learned from an early age to be deeply suspicious of the aunties and uncles who would bend down, pat us on the head and then say to my parents with no problem at all, "Poor things. You only have three daughters. But you're young, you could still try again." My sense of outrage about women's rights was brought to a boil when I was about 11. My aunt, an incredibly articulate and brilliant woman, was widowed early. A flock of relatives descended on her. They took off her colorful sari. They made her wear a white one. They wiped her bindi off her forehead. They broke her bangles. Her daughter, Rani, a few years older than me, sat in her lap bewildered, not knowing what had happened to the confident woman she once knew as her mother. Late that night, I heard my mother begging my father, "Please do something Ramu. Can't you intervene?" And my father, in a low voice, muttering, "I'm just the youngest brother, there's nothing I can do. This is tradition." That's the night I learned the rules about what it means to be female in this world. Women don't make those rules, but they define us, and they define our opportunities and our chances. And men are affected by those rules too. My father, who had fought in three wars, could not save his own sister from this suffering.

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