A digital magazine on sexuality in the Global South

Films and Sexuality

A man in a black leather jacket, a woman standing beside him, her back faced to the camera.

An Invisible Diversity of Gaze

There are a number of different ways to approach this theme, Films and Sexuality. One way is through the eyes of the popcorn-eating, samosa-chomping, money-paying audience member who chooses to see or not see a film, who likes or dislikes it, who makes the film a box-office hit, or pans it.
Still from "Memories in March", veteran actor Deepti Naval beside late director Rituparno Ghosh

Homosexuality and the City

Representation is a tricky thing, especially when it comes to portraying minorities. It is easy to stereotype and feed into the popular image of minorities. Gay men as fashion designers or hairstylists desperate to be friends with straight women are a rather common trope. It makes gay men visible but on heterosexual terms. It takes away any individuality from the gay man; he merely survives to seek affirmation from the straight people in his life.
Alia Bhatt in Dear Zindagi

Othering the Unlikeable Woman in Hindi Cinema

When I saw Alia Bhatt’s gloriously flawed Kaira in the film 'Dear Zindagi' (2016), I felt so gratified I could have jumped up and cheered. To paraphrase, she resolutely sheds the burden that Hindi film heroines have been hefting on their always-delicate shoulders since the first hero whistled wolfishly across the street – the need to be relentlessly likeable.
सावित्रीबाई फुले का समाज से संघर्ष

उन्नीसवीं सदी का महाराष्ट्र और सावित्रीबाई फुले

आज के महाराष्ट्र में महिलाओं की स्थिति और उन्नीसवीं सदी की महिलाओं की स्थिति में बहुत अंतर है और इस अंतर के लिए, आज के महाराष्ट्र के लिए, और महिलाओं की आज की बेहतर स्थिति के लिए सावित्रीबाई फुले जैसे सामाजिक कार्यकर्ताओं का योगदान अतुलनीय है। सावित्रीबाई फुले के जन्मदिवस (३ जनवरी) के अवसर पर उनके योगदान को याद करते हुए लेखक ने उन्नीसवीं सदी के महाराष्ट्र और उसकी महिलाओं की स्थिति पर प्रकाश डाला है।
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