17 January, 2021

Saying The F-Word

In which women must choose between beauty and intelligence, family and career, men and themselves.

Saying The F-Word

Contemporary feminism tends to look back to the seventies as a time of vitality. But nostalgia for seventies-style feminism obscures the fact that the extremity of its positions against men and the institution of family may have had something to do with its subsequent discrediting. A new kind of feminism wanted coexistence, if not harmony; it sought equality with men, not extermination of them.

For some Indian feminists, the struggle between the sexes is still raging and no gains have been made in the battle. This viewpoint ignores the presence of powerful women CEOs because the "time-honored division of labour ensures that women’s roles are generally seen as subordinate." It ignores writers who are among the country’s and the world’s best selling authors because "[t]he general truth that women’s writing is, by and large, given a subordinate status to men’s writing still holds across the world."

I am quoting from the introduction to Inner Lines: The Zubaan Anthology of Stories by Indian Women, which uses radical feminism as a template....



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