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Popular Media and Sexuality

A still from the film Rangeela a girl in a white dress with floral patterns and a hat dances with one leg up
A still from the film Rangeela

वो ‘फिल्मी’ शरीर – सार्वजनिक स्थानों में नृत्य और आनंद को समझना

इस तरह से नाचना न केवल सार्वजनिक स्थानों पर अपनी मौजूदगी दर्ज करने का तरीका हो सकता है बल्कि यह अपने निजी शरीर में आनंद पाने का उपाए भी है – एक ऐसा आनंद जिसे आजतक केवल काम करते रहने में ही आनंदित होने तक सिमित कर दिया गया था।
A photo of a woman standing in the middle of a green meadow, leaning against a brown tree bark. She has shoulder length black hair and is wearing a light blue kurta

That Hashtag Was My Colleague

By Sonia Khan | Grist Media – Mon 18 Aug, 2014 Doubting doctors, corrupt cops, jeering lawyers and, of course, mercenary reporters. A middle class woman gang raped in the heart of Mumbai makes for a perfect storm of anxiety and righteousness. But what if the rape survivor is also a journalist? A year after…
A still from the film "Apur Sansar" showing a woman who's looking downwards. She's wearing a saree and her aanchal is draped around her head.

‘Popular Stereotyping’

Time and again, our films underline the supremacy of man. Modernity is reduced to a matter of packaging. A modern woman is defined by her westernized attire. She looks modern but when it comes to making informed choices, she chooses the conventional. Sharmila Tagore Full text of the 19th Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture —Representation…
Picture of film scholar Shohini Ghosh. She's dressed in a red shirt, has white hair, and is sitting in front of a table full of food.

Discourse of desire

By: Nupur Sharma The Hindu. Shohini Ghosh at Lodhi Garden Restaurant, New Delhi. Photo: V.V. Krishnan Over a hearty meal, film scholar Shohini Ghosh dwells on the intersection between cinema and sexuality With her eclectic body of work on media theory and practice, Shohini Ghosh promised to be a most agreeable luncheon date. One knew she'd…
Picture of Anshul Tewari, the founder of Youth Ki Awaaz. He's wearing a black shirt and dark rimmed glasses

How the popular media fails representation of women

Being a journalism student once, and having a network of seniors and batch mates who came from a journalism background, we got to hear a lot about how the world of journalism really is. I still clearly remember how one of my friends at college explained a brief incident that happened with her at one…
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Interview: Gender And Popular Science

Popular science stories can be exciting, educative and a lot of fun to read. But sometimes we come across that erratic story which reinforces gender stereotypes while trying to explore the biology of the male and female body. One example would be the study published in the Guardian in December 2013, which quoted the principal…
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Girl, when you blow your boy, or boy, when you go down on her, or when both of you use a toy, and all the world's a blur, I know it feels like heaven, you too violate 377.   Moments before she died (December, 2012) It is the night of foreboding her skin is again…
a screengrab from kimbra's music video, "settle down", which shows singer kimbra throwing her head back and singing. she is far and has short dark hair

Settle down – Kimbra

How often are our desires shaped by what we believe to be the norm? Singer Kimbra's hit single, Settle Down, paints a rather somber picture as it challenges the societal pressure on girls to find a man and settle down young. Through a clever litany of the words 'I want to settle down' the artist from…