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Speaking in Tongues: The Promise of Black-Dalit Women’s Dialogue

By Shilpa Menon
While Dalit women’s writings have always drawn from Black feminist ideas, why does Dalit-Black women’s solidarity, their speaking and writing on equal grounds as political allies, enter so late into the narrative of Dalit-Black solidarity and transnational women’s movements in general? And most importantly, what promises for a new paradigm of politics emerge when Dalit and Black women speak and think together?

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Marriage, Law and Bollywood Songs

By Devangana Kuthari
When such a similar model of women’s place in a marriage and society is found to exist in criminal or family law, it often goes unnoticed as it has already been normalised in society through popular culture. Law is nothing but an extension of the society we live in. If a problem exists in society, it is more than often echoed in the laws and legal understanding of the judges.

Shouldn’t surrogacy be an option?

By Sadia Hashmi
It is the patriarchal woman who makes other women suffer, too. Those patriarchal women are the ones who have the same mind-set that of patriarchal men. They give priority to male chauvinists. All they demand from woman by the means of affinity is to give them a baby; even today boy-child is very much preferred.

Feminism and politics of suspicion

By Amit Bindal
This distinction between believing in women as opposed to believing the accounts of women’s oppression demonstrates and opens up the possibilities of combating sexual harassment without abandoning the rule of law. It is the denial of credibility and suspicion of the complainant inherent in the law and legal process that has led to the failure of due process.

Telliscope: The contradictions of femininity

By Ashley Tellis
If Zeenat Aman and Sridevi used femininity to build their careers and fortunes, it is precisely that femininity that did them in in their personal lives. But how does one explain their naivete, their utter, utter stupidity when it came to men and love? It is one thing to say one can never know the internal logic of a relationship between two people but another to justify the sort of violence that Zeenat Aman faced then and is facing at this age.

The Decline of the Bollywood Heroine

By Kouser Fathima
Homemakers to working women are trying to be seen and heard, in contrast to the Bollywood heroine, who is reduced to being an arm-candy to the male superstar. Bollywood economics, film makers, and the entry of corporate money into the industry have changed the dynamics of Bollywood.

Nothing Honourable in Honour Killings

By Kouser Fathima
Ironically many boys from these families lead horrible lives, get into drugs, harass women, and indulge in gambling or worse crimes. But they are seldom shot or killed by the families. When was the last time a boy was killed for bringing dishonour to the family?