Vaishnavi Sundar – an Indian gender-critical feminist – part 2

“On the barricades” — s02e48

Maria Cernat continues the discussion with Vaishnavi Sundar, exploring the ideological differences in the Indian feminist movements. She tries to explain why most Indian feminism is liberal, very pro-sex-work, and what the implications are for the millions of women caught in the sex industry. Vaishnavi tries to explain why liberal feminism is no real threat to the patriarchy, especially in a very conservative country such as India. She recently wrote a well-documented article describing how the Covid pandemic left more than 30,000 children orphans and how these children often fall prey to the human trafficking networks. Liberal feminism in this context proves to be dangerous, and Vaishnavi explains why. She also describes the cruel reality of the hijras and how the West produced a glamorized story of a highly oppressed population in this context.

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