Mesum asked, My friend Pawan why do you think about legalising prostitution in India? Why cant you think that to avoid these unnatural occurences, people should get married early. This way, they would be able to do all sort of experimentation with their better halves.Kavita Krishnan answers, Legalising prostitution is no solution to rape. Because rape is not a problem of 'demand/supply' of sex. That said, sex workers should be guaranteed dignity and the fullest rights, not be stigmatised. However, we should also be careful - sex work exists because patriarchy exists, it is undountedly exploitative, and the goal, even when ensuring that sex workers are not criminalised, should be to ensure that eventually, women are not having to 'opt' for sex work because of poverty and because other forms of work are ill-paid and exploitative. … [Read more...] about ‘Rape is about male power which society confers’
Gender bias debate
“We understand and appreciate the conversation which is rightly being played out across society and we are absolutely united with the fight for fair pay, free of gender bias, and for a re-balancing of the industry’s treatment of women, both those in front of the camera and for those behind the scenes,” Left Bank said. … [Read more...] about The Crown producers apologise to Claire Foy, Matt Smith over pay disparity controversy
They warned that in times of stress like the coronavirus pandemic, when the economy, health and the social structure itself have all taken a beating, some individuals may want to make those beatings more personal by targeting Chinese Americans in a hate crime. … [Read more...] about Spotlight: Los Angeles law enforcement officials pledge to remain vigilant against COVID-related hate crimes
The order, which is the result of a multi-year effort by Trump to rein in the internet platforms over his claims of anti-conservative bias, seeks to narrow liability protections that social media companies enjoy for posts by third parties. It specifically names Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube for their power to shape public perceptions and raises the specter that the government is trying to punish decisions about content by the platforms that it disagrees with, which is banned by the free-speech protections in the First Amendment. … [Read more...] about Trump’s social-media order may fail, but scores political points
Billionaire investor Howard Marks says investors might not be able to predict the future, but that does not mean they are powerless to deal with it. Citing a memo titled You Can’t Predict. You Can Prepare that he wrote in 2001, Marks said he raised the question about how one can prepare for something that he can’t predict exactly 19 years ago. His answer: “We can do so by recognising that they will inevitably occur, and by making our portfolios more cautious when economic developments and investor behaviour render markets more vulnerable to damage from untoward events." That reasoning, Marks says, suggests a glimmer of good news in the ongoing environment. The co-founder and co-chairman of Oaktree Capital Management said he is bombarded these days with conflicting views regarding the wisdom of rapidly reopening the US economy. Marks says while his view on that topic is of little value, he also does not possess the expertise required to know for sure whose opinion … [Read more...] about What gives Howard Marks glimmer of hope in this tough environment?