“I got past childhood somehow”

“I got past childhood somehow. I never understood why people sing such paeans to childhood. Childhood exemplifies restrictions and deprivations. When one grows up one acquires positions from which one can fight injustice. […] A lack of equality is found not only among the rich and the poor; it exists in a more intense form in the power relationship between men and women.”

— Ismat Chughtai, “A Life in Words: Memoirs” (Penguin, 2012)