Nivedita Menon



Nivedita Menon teaches Political Science at Delhi University. She has published widely on feminism.

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Seeing Like a Feminist

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Recovering Subversion: Femi...

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Power and Contestation: Ind...

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Sexualities

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Gender and Politics in India

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महिषासुर मिथक व परंपराएं

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ਨਾਰੀਵਾਦੀ ਨਜ਼ਰੀਆ: ਇੱਕ ਵਚਨ ਤੋ...

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The Indian Ideology: Three ...

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Empire and Nation: Selected...

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The Empty Space

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“The fact is, no man can ever know whether a child is his. A woman knows a child is hers, but a man can never know whether it is his, not even with a DNA test. A DNA test can only tell you if the child is not yours, but if your DNA matches, it only indicates ‘a high statistical probability’ that it is your child. As they say, ‘Motherhood is a biological fact, fatherhood is a sociological fiction.’ It is this knowledge that creates permanent anxiety for patriarchy, an anxiety that requires women’s sexuality to be strictly policed.”
Nivedita Menon, Seeing Like a Feminist

“[O]nce we give up on the idea that only heterosexuality is normal and that all human bodies are clearly either male or female, more and more kinds of bodies and desires will come into view. Perhaps also, one body may, in one lifetime, move through many identities and desires. The use of,queer’ then, is a deliberate political move, which underscores the fluidity (potential and actual) of sexual identity and sexual desire. The term suggests that all kinds of sexual desire and identifications are possible, and all these have socio-cultural and historical co-ordinates.”
Nivedita Menon, Seeing Like a Feminist

“[E]ven today, when confident and self-affirmative lesbian identities have emerged and are available to women, images of `lesbianism’ are still regularly appropriated by a male heterosexual pornographic imagination which cannot accept that this is one party to which men are not invited and at which their presence is not necessary.”
Nivedita Menon, Seeing Like a Feminist

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