Why Are ‘Item’ Numbers Still Relevant?
We explore the history of 'Chaiyya Chaiyya,' Helen's cabaret dances, Madhuri Dixit ending the vamp/heroine binary, and 'feminist' item numbers, to understand whether the 'item number' can be empowering.
The Bihar Caste Census Affirms Need for Increasing Caste‑Based Reservations
Pre-Menstrual Exacerbation Is Debilitating. Why Doesn't Anybody Know About It?
Woe Is Me! “I’m in Love With My Cousin Brother. Can We Ever Be Together?”
The Blurring Gender Binaries of Tamasha
This is a Maharashtrian theater troupe from the 1870s, engaging in the traditional art form of Tamasha.
Respectfully DisagreeBrowse Podcast Series
Coed v/s Single-Sex Schools: Back to School, Week 1
North v/s South, Week 4: Whose History is India’s History?
North v/s South, Week 3: Is the Mainstreaming of Hindi Unfair or Practical?
North v/s South, Week 2: Whose Stereotypes Are Worse?
North v/s South, Week 1: Tollywood Or Bollywood?
Do Nice Guys Really Finish Last?
Is the Fuckboy Trope Outdated?
Why Can’t We Let Go of ‘Bad Romances’?
What’s So Bad About ‘Bad Boys’?
What Makes Someone a “Good Feminist”?
What’s the Role of Men in Internet Feminism? ft. Nikhil Taneja
What’s Wrong With the ‘Girlification’ of the Internet? Ft. Sonia
Has Internet Feminism Changed Bollywood For the Better? Ft. Shreemi Verma
Does ‘Passing the Mic’ Still Mean Something? Ft. Swati Kamble
Are Feminist Revenge Dramas Worth Saving?
Can Preachy Content Be Entertaining? Ft. Made in Heaven
Does ‘Pink’ Redeem Male Saviours?
Barbie: Feminist Win or Setback?
Is There a Right Way To Break Up?
Re‑Release: What Went Wrong With Wokeness? ft. Jyotsna
Have OTTs Really Changed On‑Screen Sex for the Better?
Can Cinema Be Apolitical?
Can Friends Be Our Partners for Life?
Is the Rise of ‘Girlfailure’ TV Here to Stay?
Swifties, SRK And Should Celebrities Take the ‘Right’ Stand?
Re‑Release: Is Self‑Care Inherently Selfish?
Is Therapy‑Speak Harmful?
Has Online Dating Ruined Romance? Ft. Indu Harikumar
Are Hot Takes Diluting Discourse?
Is the Era of Ghosting Over?
Should Partners Know Our Sexual Histories?
Should Period Dramas Be Historically Accurate? Ft. Jubilee
Re‑Release: Why Is the Hype Around RRR Problematic?
Are We All ‘Pick‑Me’ Girls?
Have Documentaries Become Too Commercial?
What Can Feminist Sex Scenes Look Like?
Can Situationships Be Liberating?
India and Pakistan’s Shared Pop Culture Ft. Joyland
Re‑Release: Is There A Generation Gap in Feminism?
Is Gaming Culture Innately Misogynistic?
Indian TV Dramas: Regressive or Empowering? Ft. Gul Khan
Is Veganism More Ethical Than Eating Meat?
Re‑Release: Can Hookup Culture Be Empowering?
Is AI Killing Creativity?
Have Girlbosses Ruined Feminism?
When Does Comedy Go Too Far? ft. Anurag Minus Verma
Is Celeb Gossip Unethical? ft. Paromita Vohra
RD: The Best, Worst, and Most Bizarre Moments of 2022
Is Sex Positivity Excluding Asexuality?
Why Is the Hype Around RRR Problematic?
Can Men Be Good Feminists?
Re‑release: Do Women Need to Be Protected?
Why Is the Movie Never as Good as the Book?
Does Privilege Corrupt People? Ft. The White Lotus
What’s Wrong With Being a Quitter?
Is There a Right Way to Protest Climate Change?
Is Feminist Storytelling Becoming Tokenistic? Ft. HOTD
Are Trauma Narratives Always Exploitative? Ft. ‘Blonde’
What’s Missing From Sex Education?
Is There Such a Thing as a Bad Mother?
Is It Okay To Be a Bad Feminist?
Brown Representation Ft. ‘Never Have I Ever’
What Went Wrong With Body Positivity?
Can Marriage Ever Be Feminist?
What’s Wrong With Trashy TV?
Re‑Release: Can Kink Help Us Better Understand Consent?
Can Rom‑Coms Be Feminist?
Is ‘Tough Love’ Effective?
Is Mental Health Leave Essential?
Is It Okay To Aspire To Be Rich?
Should We ‘Fix’ Our Partners?
What Went Wrong With Wokeness?
Is Stan Culture Ruining Society?
Does Stability In Relationships Kill Passion?
Which Women Do We Believe?
Is Emotional Cheating Worse Than Physical Cheating?
Re‑Release: Is It Time We Stop Worshipping Our Elders?
Is Self‑care Inherently Selfish?
Is Too Much Optimism a Bad Thing?
Can Exes Be Friends?
Should Looks Matter?
What’s Wrong With PDA?
Has Social Media Ruined How We Communicate?
Are Long‑Distance Relationships Doomed to Fail?
Do We Need to Give Back to Our Parents?
What Do We Owe Our Sexual Partners?
How Important Is It to ‘Check Your Privilege’?
The ‘Strong Independent Woman’: Still Relevant, Or Outdated?
Beauty: Feminist or Not?
Is Productivity Unhealthy?
Do Dysfunctional Families Damage You for Life?
Should Women Ever Censor Themselves for Their Own Safety?
Can Het Romance Be Feminist?
Can Fighting With Friends Be Healthy?
How Much Does Money Matter in Relationships?
Can Hookup Culture Be Empowering?
Do People Deserve Credit for Being Allies?
Can Kindness Be Unconditional?
Have Influencers Ruined Entertainment?
Do We Need Role Models?
Should People With Political Differences Be Friends?
Is There Such a Thing as ‘Laziness’?
Are Office Romances Ethical?
Have Dating Apps Ruined Dating?
Does It Pay To Be Nice?
Do We Need Four‑day Workweeks?
What Makes Someone a Bad Friend?
Is It Wrong to ‘Use’ People?
Is There a Generation Gap in Feminism?
Is It Okay to Not Want a Career?
Is Social Media Activism Effective?
What’s Wrong With Being ‘Single’ for Life?
What’s Wrong With Bragging?
What Is the Point of Awards?
Is Western Culture Bad for Indian Values?
Are Sports Too Commercialised?
How Much Can You Blame Your Childhood for How You Are?
What’s Wrong with Getting Cosmetic Surgery?
What’s Wrong With Being ‘Vanilla’?
Is Surveillance Ever Okay?
What’s So Great About Fame?
Do Women Need To Be Protected?
Do Our Films Need a Censor Board?
Does the ‘Dream Job’ Exist?
Is Cheating the System Okay?
Does the World Need More Children?
Do We Really Need School Exams?
Does Trauma Make You Stronger?
What Does Sensitive Media Coverage of Sexual Violence Look Like?
What’s Wrong With Rebound Relationships?
Is Escapism During a Crisis Okay?
Is Blame Constructive In Times of Crisis?
Do We Need Celebrities To Be Activists?
Can We Speak Ill of the Dead?
What’s Wrong With Having a ‘Type’?
Can Pop Culture Nostalgia Be Harmful?
Should We Reject All Sanskars?
Do Children Need To Be Protected From Sex in Media?
Are Royal Families Relevant Anymore?
Is There Anything Good About Consumerism?
Is Reality TV All Bad?
Should We Stop Glorifying Gym Bodies?
How Important Is Sex in a Romantic Relationship?
Is Showing Vulnerability a Sign of Weakness?
Should People Be Accountable for Their Partners’ Transgressions?
Can Art Critique Religion Without Being Offensive?
Should Homemakers Be Paid a Salary?
Is Eating Meat Ethical?
The Worst and Worst of 2020
Should Teens Be Accountable for Their Behaviour Online?
Can Jealousy Ever Be a Good Thing?
What Does It Mean to Be ‘Anti‑National’?
Does Society Benefit From Fan Cultures?
How Responsible Are We for Others’ Mental Health?
What’s the Problem With Public Nudity?
Is It Ever Okay To Not Practice What You Preach?
Is It Okay To Comment on Others’ Unhealthy Lifestyle Choices?
What Makes Relationships Toxic?
Should Brands Take Positions on Social Justice Issues?
Is Snitching Wrong?
Should All Women Uplift All Women?
Does the Context of a #Metoo Accusation Matter?
Can Women Be Misogynistic?
Is Vanity Always a Bad Thing?
Is Chivalry Dead? (And Should It Be?)
Do Friends and Family Need To Approve of People You Date?
Can Mockery Ever Be a Sign of Affection?
Is the Notion of Inheritance Flawed?
Re‑Release: Do Friendships Require Emotional Boundaries?
Is It Time We Stop Worshipping Our Elders?
When Is Flirting Creepy and When Is It Flattering?
Is Social Media Killing or Elevating Public Discourse?
Can Kink Help Us Better Understand Consent?
Is It Time to Change How We Talk About Infidelity?
Should Long‑Term Romantic Partnerships Be a Life Goal?
Who Is Responsible for Educating People About Social Justice?
Is Violence a Valid Form of Protest?
Capitalism: Broken Economic System or Convenient Scapegoat?
In Conversation With the Women Behind ‘Four More Shots Please’
Special Episode: Pakistani Feminists Talk Desi Activism
Can Sexual Harassers Or Abusers Be ‘Good’ Men?
Will Lockdown Change Beauty Norms For Good?
Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Special
Has Lockdown Made Us Reconsider the Work From Home Fantasy?
Has the Lockdown Made Celebrities More #Relatable?
Is Fighting the Coronavirus Pandemic an Individual or State Responsibility?
Is Catfishing Okay?
Should We Circulate Images of Violence on Social Media?
Conspiracy Theories Special
Should We Care About Politicians’ Romantic Lives?
Is Celebrating Valentine’s Day an Act of Rebellion in India?
Is Heckling a Valid Form of Dissent?
Is Cancel Culture Harmful?
Is Celebrity Gossip Harming Our Social Discourse?
Is Monogamy Outdated?
Does Social Media Aid or Dilute Protest Movements?
Is the RomCom Still Relevant in 2020?
The Year‑End Special
Can the Body Positivity Movement Ever Be Truly Inclusive?
Should Rape and Sexual Violence Be Portrayed in Film and on TV?
Does ‘Men Are Trash’ Rhetoric Help or Hurt the Fight for Gender Equality?
Do Friendships Require Emotional Boundaries?
Is Ghosting Ethical?
When Is It Ethical to Stand By a Friend or Family Member Accused of Sexual Harassment?
How Okay Is It to Date Someone Much Younger?
Should All Cultural Content Be Viewed From a Social Justice Perspective?
Has the MeToo Movement in India Been Successful?
The Story of The Bindi
In this episode, The Swaddle team explores the history of the bindi and how it has shaped debates around the appropriation of Hindu culture.
Many Indians Grow Up With Superstitious Families. A Lifetime of Anxiety, Self‑Blame Follows.
Is This Normal? 'I Absolutely Can't Work Until The Last Minute'
Roman Emperor Elagabalus Was a Trans Woman, Says UK Museum
Miss Universe Isn’t Better For Allowing ‘Plus-Size’ Contestants
Where Did the Film ‘Mother India’ Get Its Title From?
We look back at Mehboob Khan’s 1957 film ‘Mother India,’ how its title was a direct rebuke to Katherine Mayo’s book, and how nationalists portrayed the ideal Indian woman as a symbol of India.