Depicting Poor Sanitation as Monster?

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  • F H Mughal
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Depicting Poor Sanitation as Monster

One website, Atlas Obscura - www.atlasobscura.com/articles/your-clima...ge-monsters-revealed - has shown climate change in the shape of animated monsters. This is, of course, to draw readers' attention to the menace of climate change - pretty interesting!

Does a similar thing exist for poor sanitation? If not, then, I request WaterAid to kindly develop one for poor sanitation.

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Re: Depicting Poor Sanitation as Monster

Hi Mughal and all,

I recently did come across something that is trying to depict poor sanitation as a monster:



I found it in this presentation: fsm5.susana.org/images/FSM_Conference_Ma...on-to-Evaluation.pdf

I had talked about it here: forum.susana.org/242-advocacy-and-civil-...a-action-india#27702

I am a bit ambivalent about this monster image though. Maybe it helps to make people aware of the dangers of lack of sanitation. But maybe it also reinforces the stereotype that an ugly/deformed person is a bad person (i.e. using a monster with an ugly face). I even find the colour brown/black problematic. There is no denying that faecal sludge is brown so maybe there is no way around that. But in terms of racism, could it reinforce the stereotype of white(er) people that people with dark(er) skin are somewhat dangerous and need to be avoided? Isn't it also a problem in India that people are bleaching their skin to get whiter skin? Maybe it's far fetched, but the thought did cross my mind. What do you all think?

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