01 December, 2020

Gloria Steinem

The feminist journalist is in India to address the South Asian Women Writers' Colloquium

Gloria Steinem
What is the subject of your address?

Secret censorship—forms of censorship that come from the family, street, from language.

Is feminism still a motivating force?

More than ever. You hear the word post-feminism but never the word post-democracy.

What about new kinds of resistance?

Resistance comes in stages—earlier people said it’s unnatural and unnecessary; now they say, it was necessary but not any more.

What’s your take on ‘lipstick feminism’—younger women asserting themselves by role-playing sexist behaviour?

To follow the metaphor, women of my time chose to escape lipstick. If today they choose to wear it to be fun or self-empowering, it’s fine.

Aren’t those choices deceptive in patriarchy?

True, it’s not easy to recognise the pressures. It’s relative—we’ve increased the power to make choices and discover new choices.

You’re very undogmatic.

We’re not fighting to have more dogmatism! We’re fighting for more unique individualism and a...



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