Why do men have to be tough all the time? Why is it that anything other than that is a sign of weakness? What is it that is keeping us away from doing that actually gives us happiness?
This documentary starts an important conversation in a land which is a hotbed of masculinity starting from a martial history to enlistment in the army.
“Men being violated by woman defies misogynistic norms. This isn’t well accepted in a society like ours,” says a teen.
The petition states that Netflix should have included a disclaimer about the sexual violence within the film, and wants it removed permanently.
Many of the things that define us as ‘Indian’ be it Bollywood, or arranged marriages, or caste or our festivals etc – all of these things often have unequal gender relations weaved through them
It is alarming to see boys in their teens discuss gang-rape, objectify women and pass lewd remarks against young girls. Adults play a much larger role in shaping behaviour of young-adults, than they may want to concede. Easier to blame it on bad company, than ourselves, isn’t it?
There is so much we want the Hindi films to do differently in 2020, or in a lot of cases, chuck away altogether.
Prevention work must be gender-transformative, actively challenging sexist and unhealthy aspects of masculinity and gender roles. It must be done in partnership with women’s rights efforts
As Kuch Kuch Hota Hai completes 21 years, Ria Das opines why this cult film seems problematic today.
It is not uncommon for men to openly insult women, be it at college, workplace or even at home. But just what drives men to such toxic behaviour? We set out to find some answers.
The movie Kabir Singh is a celebration of toxic masculinity and an epitome of an abusive relationship. But look around you, you will find many Preetis in a relationship with the Kabirs of the world, who are abused, and silenced even battered yet they keep mum and keep going back to the same man.
As we criticise Kabir Singh For romanticisation of misogyny, let us also address how films like these share a deep bond with the reality of Indian society.