. As an insider, I had experienced many of the same issues that the
women faced during my visits. My insider position grants me access to a Bengali
woman’s worlds; I was settled in an inflexible third space. As Hooks (1984) has expressed, “We looked from the outside in and from
the inside out. We focused our attention on the centre as well as on the
margin.” (Hooks, 1984, p. 9). This means that someone cannot separate the two
terms because both give strength to the other. However in my third space
position, I have the chance to explore my topic from two positions: as an
outsider living on the margins and as an insider. This experience has
shaped who I am as a person because occupying an outsider and insider position
in my culture; it helps to be reflexive in that I am able to judge a situation
by taking in both perspectives.