A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Author: Juhi Sidharth

Comic panel. A school teacher offering an apple to a girl and a boy student, while both of them look at it skeptically.

“DON’T LET YOUR FOOT SLIP!” : MESSAGES ON ‘APPROPRIATE’ FEMININITY BY SCHOOL TEACHERS IN MUMBAI

“In Hindi, though there is a word for rape (balaatkaar), it is rarely used by women. Instead they say izzat lootna which translates as ‘losing one’s honour’” Viswanath (1997:323). The above quote illuminates the importance of the concept of honour or izzat in Indian society. Crucially, honour is a gendered concept as women are repositories…
Comic panel. A school teacher offering an apple to a girl and a boy student, while both of them look at it skeptically.

“Don’t let your foot slip!” : Messages On ‘Appropriate’ Femininity By School Teachers In Mumbai    

“In Hindi, though there is a word for rape (balaatkaar), it is rarely used by women. Instead they say izzat lootna which translates as ‘losing one’s honour’” Viswanath (1997:323). The above quote illuminates the importance of the concept of honour or izzat in Indian society. Crucially, honour is a gendered concept as women are repositories…
Children going to or returning from school. The focus is on four girls in grey and white school uniforms, wearing two braided plaits, and school bags on their shoulders, walking with their backs to us.

“अपना पैर न फिसलने देना!”- उपयुक्त स्त्रित्व पर मुम्बई के शिक्षकों का संदेश

"हालांकि हिन्दी में रेप के लिए शब्द है (बलात्कार) फिर भी महिलाओं द्वारा इसका प्रयोग कदाचित ही होता है। इसके बदले वे ‘इज़्ज़त लूटना’ शब्द का प्रयोग करती हैं जिसका मतलब मान का नष्ट होना है।" विश्वनाथ (1997:323) ऊपर दिए गए उध्दरण में भारतीय समाज में इज़्ज़त की संकल्पना का महत्व उजागर होता है। अत्यावश्यक…
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