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The girls are defying normative gender beliefs everywhere — online and offline, on campus, off-campus, on buses, in trains. Through activist campaigns, they claim the answer to the public safety dilemma is not to cage women but to enable them to freely and fearlessly access and occupy public spaces.
Purves To address this question, I take a closer look at key protests and campaigns in 21 st century India, the most prominent of which were the anti-rape protests triggered by the brutal gang-rape of a young woman in a moving bus in December in Delhi.
Whilst these protests were the first time there was such a massive outpouring of people online and in the streets against sexual violence, online spaces were used for non-mainstream activism on this issue, years prior. Campaigns since the anti-rape protests too deserve discussion. Coming in the wake of the MeToo movement globally, the List went viral. Through its use of the Internet and social media, the campaign exposed to the public eye the problem of sexual harassment.
In doing so, it also exposed longstanding fissures within Indian feminism along generational, caste and class lines. It is time to acknowledge what they have to offer — a renewal of feminist politics, however messy, impure and incomplete it might be. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google. You are commenting using your Twitter. You are commenting using your Facebook. Notify me of new comments via. Notify me of new posts via. It went viral on social media a few years ago.
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Day Six |“Bad Girls”, Everyday Sexism and Activist Campaigns in Millennial India