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Anindita Ghose on her debut novel The Illuminated: 'It is essentially a novel about shifts in perspective'
Arts & Culture

Anindita Ghose on her debut novel The Illuminated: 'It is essentially a novel about shifts in perspective'

Anindita Ghose on The Illuminated: 'It is a story about women coming into their own, how they dazzle when they choose to shine together'

This International Women's Day, let's talk about Hindi cinema's gross depiction of gendered housework
Entertainment

This International Women's Day, let's talk about Hindi cinema's gross depiction of gendered housework

Whatever the COVID-19 lockdown memes may have you believe, the burden of housework still falls primarily on women even if they earn as much or more than the men in the house. These Hindi films are testimony to that.

Why Delhi High Court is within its rights to intervene on the issue of Uniform Civil Code
India

Why Delhi High Court is within its rights to intervene on the issue of Uniform Civil Code

If there is a violation of a fundamental right, the writ jurisdiction of the High Courts and the Supreme Court can be invoked to address that violation and remedy it

Gender in cinema through the lens of costumes: How Rashmi Rocket uses styling to define who's 'seen' as a woman
Entertainment

Gender in cinema through the lens of costumes: How Rashmi Rocket uses styling to define who's 'seen' as a woman

As far as defining gender through costumes in Hindi cinema is concerned, we have come a long way from Anjali in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to Rashmi Rocket — but do not pop the champagne yet.

Talibanisation of Texas: Greg Abbott approves Bill banning transgender students from participating in sports in schools
World

Talibanisation of Texas: Greg Abbott approves Bill banning transgender students from participating in sports in schools

House Bill 25 will require students who compete in interscholastic competitions to play on sports teams that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate at or near their time of birth

ESA's aim to be more diverse sees it hire more women and individuals with disabilities
science

ESA's aim to be more diverse sees it hire more women and individuals with disabilities

Its new hiring campaign got them a record number of applicants — more than 22,000 — from all 25 member nations and associate members.

At New York's Criminal Queerness Festival plays present brazenly personal stories from countries that restrict LGBTQ rights
Arts & Culture

At New York's Criminal Queerness Festival plays present brazenly personal stories from countries that restrict LGBTQ rights

The festival runs Tuesday through Saturday outdoors at Lincoln Center and near the United Nations, and is part of Lincoln Center’s Pride programming, which also includes a concert Friday by multi-hyphenate artist Taylor Mac.

Twitter introduces 'Arabic (feminine)' language option for users to support inclusivity on social network
News & Analysis

Twitter introduces 'Arabic (feminine)' language option for users to support inclusivity on social network

Twitter also published a video showing tweets from female users criticising the absence of such feminine forms on major social networks.

Despite often 'failing' Bechdel test, women-centered duets present dance as a site for gender-informed dialogue
Arts & Culture

Despite often 'failing' Bechdel test, women-centered duets present dance as a site for gender-informed dialogue

While the test of course suffers from deficits, which have been extensively discussed by many film scholars, can it be used to analyse dance duets as a form of embodied conversation?

Haifaa Al-Mansour's The Perfect Candidate offers a rare glimpse at the indoor lives of Saudi women
Entertainment

Haifaa Al-Mansour's The Perfect Candidate offers a rare glimpse at the indoor lives of Saudi women

The film's strength lies in the fascinating visual detail that fleshes out a rather formulaic script: the view we get once Saudi women go inside and remove the niqab, whether it’s cooking with family at home or dancing at a gender-segregated wedding.

Southern Baptist church's teachings on gender, sexuality come under scanner after Atlanta shootings
World

Southern Baptist church's teachings on gender, sexuality come under scanner after Atlanta shootings

Purity culture focuses on abstinence outside traditional heterosexual marriage and dangers in girls’ and women’s sexuality. In particular, purity culture teaches that girls and women are responsible for boys’ and men’s sexuality and that they may cause boys and men to sin through expressions of their own sexuality.

China proposes to hire more male PT teachers in schools to end 'masculinity crisis'
World

China proposes to hire more male PT teachers in schools to end 'masculinity crisis'

The Chinese Education Ministry’s plan is in response to a proposal that said that the prevalence of female teachers in kindergartens and elementary schools and the popularity of “pretty boys” in pop culture had made Chinese boys “weak, inferior and timid"

Psychiatrists, psychologists working with survivors of caste and gender-based trauma need to be trained for it, say human rights activists
India

Psychiatrists, psychologists working with survivors of caste and gender-based trauma need to be trained for it, say human rights activists

Therapy modules taught in universities are informed by feminism and are queer-affirmative but they do not actively recognise caste-based pride and shame.

Emergence of the female action star allows women to reclaim their bodies, powers, and roles
Entertainment

Emergence of the female action star allows women to reclaim their bodies, powers, and roles

With films like Atomic Blonde, The Old Guard, Wonder Woman, Black Widow, there's a crucial emergence of action woman, highlighting women who take up space, swagger and sometimes wildly crash

The quiet subversiveness of '96: Revisiting 2018 Trisha, Vijay Sethupathi-starrer through the lens of gender
Entertainment

The quiet subversiveness of '96: Revisiting 2018 Trisha, Vijay Sethupathi-starrer through the lens of gender

Set in small town Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, ‘96 is the story of Ram and Jaanu, who have studied together since Class 1 and have always been “in love”.

With COVID-19, as more people work from home, constricted spaces means it's the women who are left nomadic
Lifestyle

With COVID-19, as more people work from home, constricted spaces means it's the women who are left nomadic

As work from home becomes the norm and many struggle to find a dedicated space for work in their homes, historically, it’s been women who have been the ones left searching for space.

NEP's private participation push, disregard for caste and gender show it as little more than echo of past policies
India

NEP's private participation push, disregard for caste and gender show it as little more than echo of past policies

All our education policies have been reflective of Macaulay’s idea of creating a class of people willing to serve a larger authority.

When is a woman's grief 'good' enough? Reactions to a celebrity death highlight gendered social expectations
Lifestyle

When is a woman's grief 'good' enough? Reactions to a celebrity death highlight gendered social expectations

Social media platforms act as sites wherein death, loss, and mourning are increasingly encountered and negotiated. With the online omnipresence of grieving, it becomes a constant challenge for women, especially those bereaved, to perform ‘good grief’.

Firstpost Conversations | Getting Women into Leadership Roles
India

Firstpost Conversations | Getting Women into Leadership Roles

A 100 years since women attained the right to vote, why is gender equality still a fight?

For JK Rowling & Co, woke chickens of cancel culture have come home to roost
World

For JK Rowling & Co, woke chickens of cancel culture have come home to roost

Recently, 150 writers artists and academics wrote an open letter arguing against ideological conformity amid a debate over so-called cancel culture — where prominent people face attack for sharing controversial opinions