It was horrific but also slightly fascinating to be thrust quite so suddenly into the world of gendered trolling, and to observe just how much of the trolling was focused on my gender, on sexism, on casual abuses that centered on my character as a woman.
The whole sequence of events around the LawSikho webinar was a rude awakening that sexism continues to plague every section and every level of society.
And after the Great Indian Lockdown due to Covid-19, which left thousands homeless and jobless, Working mothers fear for their incomes and jobs which had already been hanging by a thread in the past.
When the cluelessness of the man with respect to housework is normalised, the actual burden is thrust on the woman.
Women in India and Nepal are considered impure and untouchable, for having a healthy functioning body; quarantined into "huts", vulnerable & alone.
The relationship between NGOs and the Women’s Movement has lead to a loss of collective feminist politics which was based on autonomy like in the 1980’s.
The myths around menstruation are sugar-coated with care and affection. Disguising it in the name of the gift, women are restricted and excluded.
There was an unsaid rule in our college hostel, "Wear proper clothes when you enter the mess hall". This rule was instilled in us by the matrons.
Capitalism keeps reinventing its forms of exploitation, be it by creating separate spheres of work or the globalised world of financial capitalism.
The demand for the care income appears to be increasingly spreading across the globe with the recent Global Women’s Strike on April 9th, 2020 in response to the Global Pandemic of Coronavirus. This cannot be seen in isolation from the larger Wages for Housework Movement.