On A Kaur’s Thoughts, blogger Lakhpreet Kaur considers the physical identity that defines or describes the Sikh woman, asking: what does a Kaur look like?
…since the Kaur’s physical identity is in constant flux and not universally consistent, it is difficult to say Kaurs are visually different from non-Kaurs. The social category of “Kaur,” is not as solidified as “Singh,” because it is impossible to define what Kaur physically looks like. What is she not? How is a Kaur visually different from non-Kaurs? Her 5Ks? But those are very subtle and not as visually impactful as her male counterparts. Her 5Ks and her long hair? Her chuni? Her dastar? Her braid?
While the prototypical physical identity of the Sikh man is comparatively well-defined (which is often taken for granted to include the turban and beard, but this is not always the case, either), Lakhpreet Kaur contrasts that of Sikh men with the lack of clarity around what physically characterizes a Sikh woman.
Read more of this thought-provoking piece at A Kaur’s Thoughts.