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  1. Alok
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    This is an extraordinary piece by the new leam magazine. These viewpoints needs to be told, not only because it speaks of an extraordinary life, but because it’s forgetting, or maybe even silencing in contemporary feminism.

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  2. Sridarshana
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    The article is highlighting the true facts, we the readers must remember the significant points to bring change .

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  3. Pooja Bhatia
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    I find myself in broad agreement with this articulate and timely piece. We can certainly not bring down the master’s house using the master’s tools. We need a new set of egalitarian rules arrived at by consensus and collective imagination. Men and women will both have to assume responsibility for an ethical feminist politics; so much so, that the very binary of male-female comes to an end, replacing it with a gender fluid world.
    However, let us not discount or undermine calls for freedom, no matter how frivolous or superficial they might seem at first glance. Every cry for freedom- late night drinking or dancing in a pub- is an act of rebellion that challenges the ‘lakshman rekha’ women are warned not to cross. It is these transgressions that ultimately widen the scope of freedom for women everywhere. It is the little freedoms that women take that make public spaces safer for all women. The feminist ‘politics of fun and aesthetics’ is equally important as the larger fight for substantial freedom. Dancing in a pub is an anarchist act to reclaim public spaces, assert agency and celebrate one’s sexuality. Drinking and indulging in casual sex is an exercise of personal choice. The recent plea of bar dancers to be allowed to practice their profession with dignity and free of moral policing, placed before the supreme Court is a case in point.

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