Do Straight People Understand #377 Applies to Them too?

REVOLUTIONS IN MY SPACE: A BLOG BY RITA BANERJI

When I heard the Supreme Court ruling on Section 377 on the T.V., the first words out of my mouth were – “This is unbelievably stupid! This law criminalizes at least 65% of India’s population!”

Why 65% I’ll explain later, but first I want to challenge this idea of ‘gay sex.’ I know there’s been a lot of talk about how Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalizes ‘gay sex.’ But sex, any kind of sex, is an act. It is neither gay, nor straight! What we all need to take stock of is that the specific sexual acts that 377 in its primeval language refers to as “carnal intercourse against the order of nature” and outlaws – that is, anal and oral sex—are practiced by people of all genders and of all sexual orientations.

If oral and/or anal sex between two consenting…

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What Happens When the #Rapist Claims to be a #Feminist?

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In November an article circulating on the net about a bogus ‘rape festival’ in India upset many because it seemed to make a mockery of rape! Yet, the irony is, at the same time, a premiere event with the likes ofRobert De Niro and other celebrity guests, the ‘THINK’ festival in Goa, was doing exactly that – making a mockery of rape and rape victims! It took one young journalist the power of conviction to expose this sham!

I so admire the courage and conviction of this young journalist to take a stand against such a big establishment! I hope she knows she’s the start of a real feminist revolution in India, one where women recognize the integrity of their bodies that no one, not even a pony-tailed, left-leaning, radically liberal feminist man can violate! Shame to the Indian feminists who’ve stayed silent or failed to show unconditional outrage and support for this woman. But like it or not, the feminist revolution in India is finally here!

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