Maybe regrettably, I am quintessentially an American working class woman–certainly not in the sense of exemplar or crème de la crème but in the sense of blunt-spoken with a low tolerance for BS. In portraying the political resistance of Kashmiri women, my intention is not to offend anyone but to mock the stereotypes used so egregiously in Islamophobic propaganda. Sometimes, striking with a two-by-four has more effect than delicacy of language. At least that’s what I tell myself when my intemperance erupts. So please don’t take my mockery as disrespect.