THE OPPRESSED MAJORITY by Sharon Sood

The movie “Oppressed Majority” directed by Éléonore Pourriat, discusses the nuances, intricacies and subtleties of sexism, sexual threats and unwanted attention which women face. She does so in an interesting manner by reversing the everyday roles that women and men play. All through the film, as an audience, one feels uncomfortable.  This short film manages to get under one’s skin, pondering over the likelihood of … Continue reading THE OPPRESSED MAJORITY by Sharon Sood

ZUBEIDAA (2001): A Critical Analysis

By Diksha Grover “‘Parallel cinema’ as they say it in India. Parallel to the conventional, that is, films drawing in the issues that insignificant entertainments attempt to overlook- sexism, gender inequality, poverty and the dead hand of the past.” Richard Von Busack On 19th January 2001, the theater lights diminished and a red dupatta tumbled from the sky: the beginning segment of  Shyam Benegal’s film, … Continue reading ZUBEIDAA (2001): A Critical Analysis

The delusional world of plastic bodies and beauty standards -Ananya Bali

“ Beauty is a complex thing that cannot be put in a cage or defined by rules. It does not have to be within the parameters that society dictates. My definition of beauty is without rules. It can be the face of a beautiful 90-year old woman that is full of stories and emotion. Beauty is what somebody’s eyes communicate.” These are the words of … Continue reading The delusional world of plastic bodies and beauty standards -Ananya Bali

The Endangered

As the world’s largest democracy and the second fastest growing economy of the world, India even till date has a reality of over 35 million girls missing from its population, which leaves little cause for celebrations. The existence of a strong preference for sons in India, particularly in northern India, is an uncontested fact. At the same time, there is growing international concern about the … Continue reading The Endangered

Rethinking Child Sexuality In India – An Analysis of POCSO

“Sex is… perfectly natural. It’s something that’s pleasurable. It’s enjoyable and it enhances a relationship. So why don’t we learn as much as we can about it and become comfortable with ourselves as sexual human beings because we are all sexual?” – Sue Johanson Child sexuality basically refers to sexual feelings and behaviour towards opposite sex, someone of the same sex, or both. In the years … Continue reading Rethinking Child Sexuality In India – An Analysis of POCSO

Rape Culture – Whose Fault Is It?

Rape is sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse, which is initiated by one or more persons against another person without that person’s consent. Known to be the most common crime committed against women, the world has, sadly, seen a steady rise in the number of rapes over the last few decades. Statistics on rape and sexual assault are commonly available in advanced countries, however, they are … Continue reading Rape Culture – Whose Fault Is It?

Dr. Keerty Nakray’s Interview by Akhila Kolisetty, Harvard Law School

Tell me more about yourself. What led you to focus on gender violence, budgeting, and public health research and teaching? My research interests have been shaped consistently over the last decade due to solid training in social theory and fieldwork in different parts of India.  As a master’s student I undertook field-based research on reproductive and child health in the rural areas of Maharastra that … Continue reading Dr. Keerty Nakray’s Interview by Akhila Kolisetty, Harvard Law School