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We know the wait was long, but we're back with Season 3 of Intersectional Feminism—Desi Style! Last season, we spoke about everything pop culture and feminism, and now, in Season 3, we are back with brand new, exciting guests and conversations. This season looks to explore the nuances of gender in the workplace and will feature women/trans and queer individuals from different fields like journalism, politics, social work, sports, business and so much more. Join our hosts Sukanya and Shriya as they talk about un-stereotyping gender at the workplace with a stellar lineup of guests!

Intersectional Feminism—Desi Style‪!‬ Feminism in India

    • Society & Culture
    • 3.6 • 15 Ratings

We know the wait was long, but we're back with Season 3 of Intersectional Feminism—Desi Style! Last season, we spoke about everything pop culture and feminism, and now, in Season 3, we are back with brand new, exciting guests and conversations. This season looks to explore the nuances of gender in the workplace and will feature women/trans and queer individuals from different fields like journalism, politics, social work, sports, business and so much more. Join our hosts Sukanya and Shriya as they talk about un-stereotyping gender at the workplace with a stellar lineup of guests!

    S03E12: Un-stereotyping the female porn artist Ft. Kali Sudhra

    S03E12: Un-stereotyping the female porn artist Ft. Kali Sudhra

    In this episode of our podcast, we are talking about something that we have all engaged with but are often stopping ourselves from talking about it. Porn as we know it is possibly the most consumed form of media out there. However, the vulgarisation of porn happens with this whole treatment of the form only for a titillating objectifying purpose. Most porn that is readily available is also made from an extreme white-cis-het male gaze, where female pleasure seems to be completely sidelined. However with the advent of ethical porn and feminist creators that landscape is slowly changing.

    Joining our hosts Shriya and Sukanya in the final episode of this season is Kali Sudhra. Kali is a sex worker, writer, and educator. Kali has been dedicated to dismantling structures of white supremacy within feminism and challenging the gatekeeping of feminist spaces. The main focus of her work is exploring and presenting dissident sexuality, directly challenging white heteronormativity by using porn and various forms of sex work as a medium. Kali has performed in a number of XConfessions indie adult short films & is one of the most-watched performers on the site. In 2021 she co-directed XConfessions' first South Asian-themed movie 'The Saree Shop'. Tune in as we discuss what it is like to be a person of colour, a queer South Asian performer in an industry that is very strictly catering to a white-cis-het male audience.


    Concept and communications: Japleen Pasricha  Producer: Shriya Roy  Hosts: Sukanya Shaji and Shriya Roy  Cover Art by Shreya Tingal


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    • 57 min
    S03E11: Un-stereotyping the female entrepreneur Ft. Shaili Chopra

    S03E11: Un-stereotyping the female entrepreneur Ft. Shaili Chopra

    Throughout the course of the episode this season, we have been talking about how gender is stereotyped in different work industries. When we speak about work, we generally think of someone working for someone else. Now, if you think about an entrepreneur it sounds very exciting because you are your own boss. But that also comes with a lot more responsibilities. You are responsible for generating revenue, maintaining your staff, ensuring there is a good working environment, and so on. Into this mix, if you put a woman at the core of this business a platform that speaks about gender, it becomes way more complicated. What is it like be a woman entrepreneur speaking about gender issues in this country? Is it profitable? Is it lonely? Is it exciting?

    Joining our hosts Shriya and Sukanya in this episode is journalist, author, and entrepreneur Shaili Chopra. Shaili is the founder of SheThePeople TV which was founded in 2015 and is one of India’s largest platforms that talks about gender. She has also recently started a new-age digital health clinic, Gytree.com that aims to reimagine the standard of female care in India. Tune in as we discuss what is it like to be a woman entrepreneur, the challenges that come with it and a lot more!



    Concept and communications: Japleen Pasricha  Producer: Shriya Roy  Hosts: Sukanya Shaji and Shriya Roy  Cover Art by Shreya Tingal


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    • 37 min
    S03E10: Un-stereotyping the woman in STEM Ft. Dr. A Mani

    S03E10: Un-stereotyping the woman in STEM Ft. Dr. A Mani

    When we imagine a woman at work, what do we think? Or rather, what are we taught to think of? There are certain professions that our society assigns to women - workspaces that reflect values like nurture and caregiving. Imagining dynamic workspaces with women who ace the ladder through their skills is still slightly alien to us. Through the course of this season of our podcast, we have been steadily debunking such workplace gender stereotypes. In this episode, we are going to speak to someone who works in the field of science.

    Joining our hosts Shriya and Sukanya in this episode is research scientist Dr. A Mani. Dr. Mani is a scientist in algebra, logic, and rough sets at ISI Kolkata, and a senior member of the International Rough Set Society. She has formerly been with HBCSE, TIFR, and Calcutta University. She is also a prolific feminist and a lesbian rights activist. Tune in as we discuss what it is like to be a woman in STEM in India, what kind of experiences women and queer people in this field have, and a lot more!



    Concept and communications: Japleen Pasricha  Producer: Shriya Roy  Hosts: Sukanya Shaji and Shriya Roy  Cover Art by Shreya Tingal


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    • 32 min
    S03E09: Un-stereotyping the female politician Ft. Kshama Sawant

    S03E09: Un-stereotyping the female politician Ft. Kshama Sawant

    On the 21st of February, Seattle became the first city in the United States to explicitly ban discrimination on the basis of caste after the ordinance was passed by the City council. The ordinance was introduced by council member Kshama Sawant. Kshama grew up in Mumbai moved to the US and completed a Ph.D. in economics from North Carolina State University. She is a member of the Socialist Alternative, the first, and the only member of the party to be elected into public office. She has been a council member since 2014. She has been crucial in the historic change in minimum wage law in the city. Joining our hosts Shriya and Sukanya in this episode is Kshama Sawant as she speaks about women in politics, being a woman of colour in a white majority country, her fight against caste discrimination, and a lot more!


    Concept and communications: Japleen Pasricha  Producer: Shriya Roy  Hosts: Sukanya Shaji and Shriya Roy  Cover Art by Shreya Tingal

    FII thanks Ambedkar International Center and Coalition of Seattle Indian Americans for their effort in helping us throughout the podcast interview process.


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    • 56 min
    S03E08: Un-stereotyping the female Journalist Ft. Mitali Mukherjee

    S03E08: Un-stereotyping the female Journalist Ft. Mitali Mukherjee

    We have discussed how gender reflects in various fields of work, in the previous episodes of this podcast. We all have different kinds of work environments. In some workplaces, we can afford to keep our persona, views, and opinions private. In other professions, that is not an option. Journalism is one such area of work where there is a lot of public gaze on the journalist, especially with the advent of digital and multimedia journalism. One often has to put their face, voice, opinions, and political views out there. They are scrutinised, correlated, juxtaposed, and many  kinds of consequences ensue, sometimes. Women journalists especially become vulnerable to cyberbullying, harassment, and personal attack. Our imagination of a woman in journalism is that of someone always ready, on their toes, chasing after the news. But how do we, as a society, make them feel deep within on a daily basis? What is it like to be a woman in journalism in today’s context?

    Joining our hosts Shriya and Sukanya in this episode is journalist, news anchor, and the current Director of the Reuters Institute’s Journalist Programmes, Mitali Mukherjee. Mitali is a business journalist writer and TEDx speaker and has covered and reported on a wide range of topics from political, global & local to economic. She has worked with CNBC TV18, BBC, Doordarshan, The Wire Mint, the World Bank, and The Indian Express. Mitali was also a Raisina Young Fellow and has been vocal about leading the conversation on financial equality for women and including them in conversations that impact their health, opportunities, and lives. Tune in as we discuss about discrimination faced by women journalists, the #MeToo movement in media, representation in newsrooms, and a lot more!

    Concept and communications: Japleen Pasricha  
    Producer: Shriya Roy  
    Hosts: Sukanya Shaji and Shriya Roy  
    Cover Art by Shreya Tingal


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    • 34 min
    S03E07: Un-stereotyping the female in the development sector Ft. Anjali Gopalan

    S03E07: Un-stereotyping the female in the development sector Ft. Anjali Gopalan

    The development sector is among the many fields where critical investigations in social engineering, policy pushing, social audit, and accountability initiatives, happen, among other projects. Often, with women who work in this sector, there is a stereotypical representation attached - the NGO woman - geeky, always serious, somewhat rigid - and these are all the images we have seen in popular culture and narratives that are largely male and far from the truth. So what is it to be a woman working in the development sector in India?

    Joining our hosts Shriya and Sukanya in this episode is human rights and animal rights activist and founder and executive director of The Naz Foundation Trust, Anjali Gopalan. Anjali set up Naz, dedicated to the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India mainly focused on women and children. Anjali has also been a strong campaigner for LGBTQ+ rights in the country and played a huge role in decriminalisation of homosexuality by the Supreme Court in the Section 377 judgment in 2018. Tune in as we discuss gender bias in the development sector, the discrimination she faced while doing her work, the pay gap, and much more!


    Concept and communications: Japleen Pasricha  
    Producer: Shriya Roy  
    Hosts: Sukanya Shaji and Shriya Roy  
    Cover Art by Shreya Tingal


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    • 39 min

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