Vishnupriya Bhandaram
Vishnupriya Bhandaram
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Entertainment

I May Destroy You: Discussing trauma, rape culture and coping, with focus on the HBO-BBC series

I May Destroy You, produced by HBO and BBC, is about the act of figuring out survival from trauma, and an effort to nudge our language out of its limitations.

Entertainment

Aziz Ansari sexual misconduct allegation: We need to urgently talk about sex and consent

If there’s anything the Aziz Ansari story highlights, it is how loudly we must have the conversation about consent | #FirstCulture

Entertainment

The Deuce: HBO's excellent new series shows sex sells and everybody’s buyin

Meandering along the black, white and grey lines of sex, money and corruption, The Deuce triumphs through Maggie Gyllenhaal’s exquisite performance | HBO

India

Raya Sarkar's list of academic 'predators' is the disruptor we needed in sexual harassment discourse

Raya Sarkar's list has highlighted that infighting and talking about which feminism is the better feminism serves little to no purpose.

Entertainment

Kangana Ranaut's 'Bollywood Diva' video with AIB calls out sexism — and the 'wokebro'

The wokebro wants to be an ally, but he is only an enlightened sexist — as demonstrated by Kangana Ranaut and AIB in 'The Bollywood Diva Song'

Entertainment

Arjun Reddy: How Vijay Devarakonda's film is a nod to toxic masculinity

Stripped off the cinematography, style and treatment, Arjun Reddy isn’t that revolutionary after all, it is still a nod to the male ego.

long-reads

My politically charged lipstick

Notes from a lipstick loving feminist's diary

Life

Luxembourg: Beneath the veneer of money is an old city longing to tell you its story

Beneath Luxembourg's reputation as a financial/business hub, is an old city longing to tell you its story.

Entertainment

Kaatru Veliyidai, and the problem of glorifying abuse as an intense, eternal romance

In the opening sequence of Mani Ratnam’s Kaatru Veliyidai, VC (Karthi) is locked in a prison in Pakistan, pining for his lover, Leela (Aditi Rao Hydari).

long-reads

Dakhani poetry: Activity abound, expression in decline

Gautam Pemmaraju, Mumbai-based filmmaker, originally from Hyderabad, set out to document Dakhani humour and satire through its decades-old culture of performance poetry.

India

Be a better ally, resist the temptation to fall into the traps of 'enlightened sexism'

The feminist movement is divided — like any other movement. Factions emerge in every movement, adopting a particular framework as the most beneficial.

World

Did you swoon over Justin Trudeau's 'hot pix'? It's okay, there's no need to feel too guilty

The latest younger version images of Trudeau seem to have broken the internet. Bundled next to the Trudeau shaped box on the internet are two more: Barack Obama's and Joe Biden's special internet collection. Of course, there's a special box for Biden's "hot AF" pictures from when he was (much) younger.

Entertainment

Oscars 2017: Sisterhood is important, but Hidden Figures also shows necessity of #HeForShe

They are symbols of female strength and resilience, but Hidden Figures is also a fantastic statement on finding true male feminists to champion the cause for equality.

India

KCR offers gold worth Rs 5 crore in Tirupati: CM's religiosity hurts public exchequer, but no law against it

This time, the chief minister is in Tirupati, for the first time after the bifurcation of the state, to fulfill his vows at the Venkateswara Swamy Temple.

Life

Meet the conscious non-couplers: They're single by choice, and don't have 'dreary' lives

What prompts some people to remain single when the entire world thinks that relationships are the true road to happiness?

World

Presidency serves Donald Trump's narcissism, with Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer as his enablers

The fourth estate must adapt and resist in the Trump era. Newsrooms across the US are grappling with the phenomenon that is The Donald and this is the time to actually reverse the claims of 'fake news' by actually targeting, highlighting existing fake news.

World

Israel-Palestine two-state solution: What comes after Donald Trump's ambiguous yet unsettling remarks?

Donald Trump, the newly elected president of the United States of America met Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel; the US-Israel bond was "unbreakable" claimed Trump.

long-reads

What we talk about, when we talk about love

What does love in 2017 mean? On Valentine’s Day, we launch an exploration on what it means to be a young millennial on the lookout for love, sex and relationships.

Life

Nariyal Paani 2017: An untrammeled way of experiencing music and the gentler tide of life

It was impossible to be at Nariyal Paani festival and not get caught up in the festivities of it

Life

Bengaluru molestation: #StartAConversation to fight for your right to loiter

Just when it was okay to toot the 2017 horn, women were handed a punch with the recent molestation and sexual harassment that women in Bengaluru had to endure on New Year’s eve.