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The Well Behaved Woman

Are you a well behaved woman? Or let’s just frame it this way, do you qualify as a “well behaved woman”? The way you walk, the way you talk, the way you dress, the way you sit, or perhaps just the way you stand, do they confirm to the stereotypical standards laid down by our society? Are we going to do enough justice to the phrase ” well behaved ” by attaching it to your social image? But women should conform to the societal norms. Isn’t it? Is it not…

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Catalysts of Rape Culture – Learn to avoid them

For a country which records around 25000 rape cases every year, the lack of awareness about rape culture and its triggering forces in India is quite alarming. As is the case in most states, Indians find it difficult to accept the presence of a deep-rooted rape culture prevalent in the nooks and corners of the country. Catalysts of rape culture constitutes the lack of awareness as well. The most clichéd arguments one gets to hear is: Not all men are rapists – Obviously, they aren’t; I can’t even think of…

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Sexualisation on the silver screen Culture Featured Society 

The Rampant Sexualisation on the Silver Screen

The year 2016 ended with a trail of nastiness in the world of Indian cinema. Director Suraj of the Tamil action-comedy film “Kaththi Sandai” starring Vishal and Tamannaah claimed that the Tamil audience wanted “glamour” in cinema, and he catered to such demands by making sure that his heroines always wore clothing over the knee. He smugly stated that the heroines could go explore their acting skills elsewhere; commercial cinema needed them just to be “glamorous”. This intensely crude and misogynistic remark left the industry rattled, with the actress Tamannaah…

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systematic abuse of cinematic power Culture Featured Society 

Systematic abuse of cinematic power- Bertolucci and his peers

Should a man be excused if he tries to manifest his artistic adroitness and in process conspires against a young woman and sexually abuses her? Should a man get away with a crime in the name of art? Yes, in this column I’m about to diatribe against the methods of Bernardo Bertolucci and the systematic abuse of cinematic power. In a recent revelation, Bertolucci has gone on record to claim – He along with Marlon Brando connived to deviate from the script and use butter as a lubricant while shooting…

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The Privilege of Hate, and on Political Correctness

“If you voted for Donald Trump,you are a loser.” “BJP supporters are Islamophobic scum” The popular ideas floating around the internet, or in common discourse are definitely not always the ones in alliance with the power structures in place. Yet, some would say, political correctness, some would say, instruments of victimization of people who would not cater to the same. Intolerance of intolerance is, after all, by this dialogue, an intolerance in itself. What this discourse is largely based on is the problematic notion of “ political correctness ”. Diplomacy could…

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Why Trump’s locker room talk is injurious to everyone

“This was locker room talk ,” Trump said in Sunday night’s Presidential debate. “ This was locker room talk. I’m not proud of it … This was locker room talk. Yes, I’m very embarrassed by it, and I hate it, but it’s locker room talk.” Out of the many outrageous things that the latest Presidential debates brought to the surface, was this phenomenon called ‘ the locker room talk .’ This phenomenon, as understood from the connotations of Trump’s justification to his lewd statements, is a case of macho-masculinity; for in…

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