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 Sex and Power: Defining History, Shaping Societies by Rita Banerji. Penguin Global, 2009, ISBN 9780143064718.

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    • Thank you so much for this comment Tomas!! Those are the two things I worked very hard at when doing my research and communicating my findings 🙂

      • Hello Rita, I just read some extracts from your book. It is easily presented and understandable.There was a desperate need for someone like you to publicise what has been happening under everyone’s noses for years and has been systematically ignored.

  1. I just learned a hell of a lot. I had heard a few breaf mentions of the fact that India wasnt always so conservitive. I live in one of the most conservitive states in the United States so I dont think that I’ll be able to find a coppy of the book here but maybe I’ll find it somewhere else some day. in 2009 there was a major scandal in my home town when a major Hindu nationalist group found out that a local store owned by a western convert to Hinduism was selling a small statue of some hindu god making love to his wife. the shop owner actualy started geting death threats. Next the FBI got involved since most of the threats came from out of state (interstate crime, international crime, and terrorism are all handled by the FBI) non-hindu groups a also sent hate mail mostly Christian conservitives but according to some a small Islamist group with ties to al-Qaeda sent one as well. finaly the head of the Hindu nationalist group that started this called for the hate mail to stop. most of them did. no one was arrested and as far as i know they still sell the statue that stated all of this. the statue that caused all this contaversy is actualy just a reproduction of a carving on the wall of a well known hindu temple in India and is made by poor peple in India. I’m shure the FBI found that whole case as ridiculous as i did. but from what your saying it sounds like a common thing in India. I think we’ll see tthis happen again.

    • @emery The book is at many libraries and also available online. See the links above. I think a lot of Indians don’t really learn about their own history properly in school or from society. It’s very censored! And it really perverts the issue of sex and sexuality for India as a nation and society. I argue that this is the reason for the female genocide in India (the woman is just a sexual and reproductive resource).

      • I agree that we aren’t taught our own history properly. When i asked questions about why the Goddess is worshipped and why women are treated badly, I never got a proper reply from anyone as a child.

  2. nothing seems to scare religious leaders more than the idea that people might actually have a little fun. that goes for them all weather its Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, Hindu nationalist leaders, far right wing Christian preachers, ultra orthodox rabbis, or even Buddhist monks. they use this fear to maintain there own power.

  3. I have been trying to resolve this conflict in my own head wherein I learnt to not like the feminine processes. I was given very wrong messages about the feminine bodily processes as a child and sub-consciously rejected my own femininity.
    Of course, as children, we never question parents/authority figures and absorb their own beliefs and attitudes.

    I tried to trace back the origins of the contempt for femininity in Indian society in an attempt to clear my sub-conscious beliefs and found these excerpts helpful. i would certainly be getting this book.

    Thank you Rita for taking the pains to discover the truths about Indian society.

    • I’m glad for your comment! Indeed it has been my attempt to step outside of my own cultural conditioning and re-examine and understand arious aspects of gender and sexuality in India.

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