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Entertainment

Why Ranjith Sankar's Njan Marykutty is a milestone film for queer representation in south cinema

Ranjith Sankar’s film, Njan Marykutty, starring Jayasurya is a rare and sensitive pleasure. The film traces the life of a trans woman and the character isn't treated as a a joke, an object to be pitied (even in the worst circumstances), or an overdone punchline.

India

As SC hears pleas against Section 377, Indian Psychiatric Society says homosexuality is a sexual variation, not mental illness

Psychiatrists believe this, and a positive Supreme Court ruling on Section 377, will help them better support LGBTQ people dealing with mental illnesses.

Life

Facebook's dating service will match people with shared interests, but it could only exacerbate social divide

Facebook's new dating service made conservative Indians uncomfortable, but there’s something about its approach — matching those who think similarly — that should really appeal to a conservative sensibility

India

Women's safety to remain a mirage in India until schemes to protect them take care of caste and class divisions

Young girls often don't report cases of sexual harassment for two main reasons — fear that they will be blamed for it, and a fear that their freedom will be curtailed.

Bollywood

Sanju is the story of every privileged man-child; Sanjay Dutt biopic has 'boys will be boys' written all over it

We suspect Sanju is for people to feel better about the irresponsible man-babies they have left at home to escape into the cozy feels of a Hirani Ever After

India

No country for women: What the furore over Thomson Reuters Foundation's findings on India misses

The point is not to merely be better than Saudi, Syria and Pakistan; if we were fourth worst or fifteenth worst on the Thomson Reuters Foundation's survey, could we still look around and feel happy at where we are?

Entertainment

Dileep's return to AMMA highlights a problematic culture that protects perpetrators of abuse

Dileep returns to AMMA while investigation of Malayalam actress abduction case is still on: What happens if he is proven guilty?

Entertainment

Hungama's Damaged takes a refreshing direction bringing relatability to the femme fatale trope

Damaged does very interesting things with the femme fatale trope. It posits two women who approach violence with completely different outlooks.

India

Karnataka minister asks sex workers to be termed 'oppressed women': Oppression can't be defined by class

The women and child development minister of Karnataka has instructed officials to henceforth refer to all sex workers as “damanitra mahila”.

India

Row over Grihalakshmi magazine featuring breastfeeding: Sexualisation of breasts causes needless outrage

When the Kerala High Court refused to declare a magazine with a woman breastfeeding on the cover as ‘obscene’, it is indubitably a win for libertarianism.

Entertainment

Why Miss India and other beauty pageants anger us, when we're all part of the swimsuit round

Even in the post #MeToo era, we are all fixing our hair for Instagram and waxing our legs, and spending money on beauty at a rate that once only Miss Indias needed to.

India

Airtel gives in to customer's bigotry against Muslim executive: Service provider's response does not make much sense

Airtel’s approach to this series of public complaints is very hard to make much sense of.

India

Atul Kochhar, Kevin Spacey and social media apologies: Sorry is the hardest word, but sincerity is the key

To be ignorant and/or rude is a universal phenomenon, and it often gets the better of us on social media.

Entertainment

Zindagi Ke Crossroads and the stigmatisation of abortion: Pressing need for positive portrayal of women’s issues

In a country where pro-choice debate is a distant possibility, for reality TV shows like Zindagi Ke Crossroads to exploit the matter for ratings and do a horrible job of it, does nothing at all to help women fighting for basic bodily autonomy.

India

IMA launches programme to sensitise doctors on sexual health, but fixation on male concerns does disservice to issue

When medical practitioners are fixated with sexual health issues faced by men, or view women's concerns only through the prism of their (male) partner's health, women and trans-people are even more unlikely to get an empathetic doctor to discuss these issues.

Life

Ola's perfunctory response to sexual harassment allegation against driver shows that customer safety isn't a priority

For a company that is constantly innovating in terms of strategy and technology, Ola does not seem to be working on how it deals with sexual harassment, which is a recurring issue

Entertainment

Why Veere Di Wedding is a feminist film despite Kareena, Sonam and cast's assertions to the contrary

Veere Di Wedding is presented as an entirely women-led film without stressing on its womanliness and letting its woman-centricity speak quietly for itself.

India

Gauri Lankesh's ex-husband Chidanand Rajghatta's book turns spotlight on increasing illiberalism

Chidanand Rajghatta's book "Gauri Lankesh and the Age of Unreason" sheds light on why the country appears to have grown more intolerant with time.

Entertainment

Bioscopewala provides refreshing take on Rabindranath Tagore's Kabuliwala in a strong woman-led film

Bioscopewala is a film about memories. At least half the movie takes place in the piecing together of old memories of childhood, riots and filial love.