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Memories of Calcutta Nights

T his is with regard to Aishika Chakraborty’s paper as part of the Review of Women’s Studies on Bengali cabaret dancers (“Dancing the Night Away: The Erotic Outlaws of Democracy,” EPW , 28 May 2022). It brought back memories of my days as a journalist with the Statesman in the early 1960s when I...

Constructing Hijras as Colonial Subjects

Governing Gender and Sexuality in Colonial India: The Hijra, c 1850–1900 by Jessica Hinchy, Cambridge, New York, Port Melbourne, New Delhi and Singapore: Cambridge University Press, 2019; pp xviii + 305, price not indicated.

Not ‘Sailing in the Same Boat’: Why the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Been Worse for LGBTQI+ Persons in India

While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives across the world, there can be no argument that the worst-affected are individuals and communities that were already vulnerable before the pandemic. The pandemic has exacerbated and made visible existing structural inequities. Like other crises, the pandemic is not neutral to gender, caste, ethnicity, class, sexuality or any other determinant of one’s social location. It is more than clear now that people already marginalised and stigmatised, are the worst hit by the pandemic lockdowns. The hit is marked on several axes —psychological, economic...

Morality and Mortality

The COVID-19 pandemic and its concomitant socio-economic shocks have severely affected the lives of sex workers and members of the transgender community. This article examines how the visibility of such sexual minorities in public spaces has been perceived as a threat to public decency and morality. It highlights the exclusionary pressures they face from the state and community, which have been exacerbated by COVID-19. Overcrowded housing, financial precarity, and a reduction in demand for their services place them at higher risk of infection and starvation, while political and social exclusion restricts their access to government services.

Margarita with a Straw: Female Sexuality, Same Sex Love, and Disability in India

Do we identify women with disability as sexual beings? Have films reiterated disability and sexuality as incongruent identities, or has the trend been undergoing a transition? Margarita with a Straw (2014) raised these relevant questions about women’s disability and sexuality in India, and further identified the extent to which Bollywood has misconstrued identities and glorified femininity by adding to the negativity associated with women’s disability in India.

Do Women and Men Have 'Sexed' Brains?

The brain and the mind are fascinating for feminism, given that oppression has been normalised by referencing to the brain. This article attempts to accumulate knowledge generated by the field of neurofeminism, and searches for an association between doing feminism and the sciences.

Neither Moral Nor Policing

The police surveillance on young people in Kerala seems to have risen to new heights with active monitoring of youth lifestyles, which the police perceive to be linked to youth crime. These micro-fascisms only reveal the growing weakness of the pillars of 20th century Malayalee social disciplining. It is up to the politicised youth, however, to turn this into an opportunity for democratic transformation.
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