Articles by The Ladies Finger
Jan 31, 2019
Why the controversial Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland is an unavoidable cultural earthquake2019 might be the year we finally face up to the possibility that Michael Jackson was a serial pedophile. It's hard to read the previous sentence, but it's time we did.
Jan 17, 2019
Gillette's controversial ad essentially asks men to be better — and then sets the bar really lowGillette’s “best” version of men are “great” guys who don’t assault others, don’t demean women, and are not generally indecent. That doesn't sound too hard, does it?
Jan 12, 2019
Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun's ordeal foregrounds Saudi Arabia's continuing gender apartheid, global indifferenceHuman rights activists say that for every Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun who grabs global attention, so many more go unnoticed by the world.
Dec 17, 2018
Army chief Bipin Rawat's flights of logic on women in combat roles reveal sexist assumptions, double standardsI wish my flights of hyperbole had been as enjoyable as army chief Bipin Rawat’s recent flights of logic on women in combat roles.
Dec 11, 2018
Representation, resistance, solidarity: What I learnt from attending a women's caucusOnce Indian women get their foot in in politics, everything changes for them — and for women voters who are usually ignored by male politicians
Nov 30, 2018
MJ Akbar and the law of himpathy: Why men are hired, rehired and rehabilitated where no one needs themMJ Akbar resigned from his post on 17 October. On 28 November he had a byline in a newspaper that all of Delhi reads. Would that other people’s careers looked a hundredth as good as his ‘exile’.
Nov 22, 2018
#MeToo: What Kannada film industry's prurient bullying of Sruthi Hariharan, Sanjjanaa revealsIt was hard not to think of Galileo's forced recanting recently while watching a video of Kannada actor Sanjjanaa apologising a month after first sharing her allegations of sexual harassment during the filming of the 2006 movie Ganda Hendathi
Nov 17, 2018
Sabarimala row: Trupti Desai's attempt to enter temple indeed a 'grave provocation', but only to status quoOnly the ladies and their guerilla forces such as Trupti Desai need to be questioned on whether they have maintained abstinence and are carrying the irumudikettu. The men beating up women apparently come with the factory setting of ‘faith in deity’.
Oct 15, 2018
Sabarimala temple management's refusal to build toilets for women shows it wants to punish them for SC verdictSabarimala's Travancore Devaswom Board said it will offer no special facilities to women pilgrims at the temple, though earlier it had said in court that they would build a hundred toilets.
Oct 10, 2018
Phantom Films, All India Bakchod and #MeToo in India: The rise and fall of the 'edgelords'Anurag Kashyap and Phanton Films' rise and popularity has been built on deploying women’s bodies in peril to cater to men's fantasies