Caste-ing Desire & Caste Bodies — Pt. 2: Sexual Pedagogies and the Brahmin Erotic Gaze

I debated with myself about sharing this image, but I want to first draw attention to the optics of power here. This image is acknowledged as representational, but do the rural female subjects here know what they are being used to represent? Will they be aware of and consent to be placeholders for the “sexual lives of rural Indian women”, as other women in photographs throughout the article? I have chosen to blank these faces because I believe they would not. I will reproduce sections of the above article here for analysis, but I strongly believe in not linking it so as not to give them any more hits.
‘Village Scene,’ Amrita Sher-Gil, 1938 (Notice how art and photography continually feminize rural life…)
Screenshot of Nirantar’s homepage
Still from Leena Yadav’s film, ‘Parched’ (2016)

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