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.
Social and cultural norms create eccentric trends which extend to a woman’s menstrual cycle and contribute to gender-based discrimination.
It is not simply particular individuals who are locker room bois; when parents protect predatory relatives while punishing sexual curiosity in children, they are the locker room.
By calling out “bois locker room,” we are calling out a culture of systemic oppression of women who have consistently only been defined as the object of “desire.”
In the past 48 hours, screenshots of chats from an Instagram group called the ‘bois locker room' have flooded social media platforms and peppered Instagram stories.
Covid-19 has presented a scenario of increased incidence of family abuse, intimate partner violence, and greater complication in reporting and seeking help.
Rape culture is an environment or a culture in which rape and sexual violence is normalized due to the societal attitudes and actions about gender and sexuality.
As Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers take charge of the COVID-19 public health effort amidst calls for safe working conditions and fair remuneration, India needs to take stock of the gendered notions of care work that shape its public health policies. If India is to imagine a healthier world post-COVID-19, it needs to address the glaring gender issues that affect ASHA workers. After all, what good is our applause if it does not translate to building a sustainable effort to empower our community health workers?