Indian Feminisms: Law, Patriarchies and Violence in India

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Dec 28, 2012 - History - 162 pages
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Contributing to debates on feminism, this book considers the impact made by feminists in India from the 1970s. Geetanjali Gangoli analyses feminist campaigns on issues of violence and women’s rights, and debates on ways in which feminist legal debates may be limiting for women and based on exclusionary concepts such as citizenship. She addresses campaigns ranging from domestic violence, rape, pornography and son preference and sets them within a wider analysis of the position of women within the Indian state. The strengths and limitations of law reform for women are addressed as well as whether legal feminisms relating to law and women's legal rights are effective in the Indian context. The question of whether legal campaigns can make positive changes in women’s lives or whether they further legitimize oppressive state patriarchies is considered. The recasting of caste and community identities is also assessed, as well as the rise of Hindu fundamentalism and the ways in which feminists in India have combated and confronted these challenges. Indian Feminisms will interest researchers and students in the areas of feminism, law, women’s movements and social movements in India, and South Asia more generally.

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I have a problem 1. 'looking at a prostitute with equal respect as a Mother?!!!!' Are we implying that part of upbringing a male child is to give into his sexuality rather than teach him to curb it? If girls are forging forward into hardhat areas, this itself should be a challenge of comparison to moving forward and becoming more civilized, enough to controll his sexuality (no matter how badly he wants to take a 'piss') long enough to reach home and masturbate!!!!
Seriously as a mother of two grown children of either sex, I beg to differ with your number one argument.
Prostitution used to be a way of income where a girl was not privileged enough to get a job for money, she would therefore prostitute as a last resort to benefit her family. It is for this reason girls have been given opportunity, loans, and encouragement to run 'neck and neck' with the guys to get a piece of the pie out of life. To even suggest that a girl is 'less' enough than a man that her being a 'prostitute' is acceptable is totally discriminatory and wrong. If we who are up there with all the knowledge and views give girls this impression whats to stop them in their tracks of progress and take them out of the rat race to the top out of sheer demoralizing. As a last thought on this review, and not in my opinion, your statement give the 'coffee room' or 'water cooler' conversation a cruel twist for a young inexperienced, hard working female around the corner in the office. If girls can join the army, police, postal service, engineers, then girls should also be considered equal. They have the babies (very tough job) the guys need to be given some responsibility not allowed to walk around like chimps in a jungle. Sexual assault is just that, when we make them answerable they will find ways to deal with their sexuality not behave like they have a disease which wont go away.


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Citizenship Legislative Debates
Custodial Rape and Feminist Interventions
The Campaign Against Domestic Violence

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