Producer and Host: Sneha Visakha

Intro Music: Wehrmut by Godmode

Outro Music: Opheliea’s Blues by Audionautix

Trigger Warning: references to gender-based violence and domestic violence

It has been a decade since the publication of Why Loiter? a book that changed the way we think about women’s safety, autonomy and how women and girls occupy the Indian city. In the seventh episode of the Feminist City, Sneha Visakha is in conversation with Dr. Shilpa Phadke, one of the authors. They talk about the ways thinking around women’s safety has changed or remained the same, about women claiming political citizenship, the way ‘love jihad’ is constructed to target the Muslim community while exercising control over women and girls, about how one can understand and embody the lessons of Why Loiter? a decade later in the background of the paternalistic, anti-democratic and neoliberal contexts we increasingly find ourselves in. They also discuss Dr. Phadke’s work on desexualising safety, the right to claim risk, what it means to be a feminist parent to children, and how does one nurture feminist imagination? 

Dr. Shilpa Phadke is an Associate Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. You can read about her work here


Why Loiter? Women and Risk on Mumbai Streets, Shilpa Phadke, Shilpa Ranade, Sameera Khan, Penguin India

Unfriendly Bodies, Hostile Cities: Reflections on Loitering and Gendered Public Space, Shilpa Phadke, Economic and Political Weekly

Dangerous Liaisons; Women and Men: Risk and Reputation in Mumbai, Shilpa Phadke, Economic and Political Weekly

If Women Could Risk Pleasure: Reinterpreting Violence in Public Space, Shilpa Phadke, in Bishakha Datta (ed.) Nine Degrees of Justice: New perspectives on violence against women in India, Zubaan

Feminist Mothering: Some Notes on Sexuality and Risk from Urban India, Shilpa Phadke, Journal of South Asian Studies

Sexual Violence and Sexuality Education – The Missing Link, Ketaki Chowkhani, Kafila

Habits of Leaking: Of Sluts and Network Cards, Wendy Chun & Sarah Friedland

Making a Feminist City – Planning Safety and Autonomy in the City, Sneha Visakha

Are women free to loiter on the streets of India in 2021? LiveMint

Reclaiming Our Public Spaces, Shiny Varghese, The Indian Express

Rest As A Form of Social Justice, NPR Interview with Tricia Hersey, founder, The Nap Ministry: Rest as Resistance

The History of Doing, An Illustrated Account of Movements of Women’s Rights and Feminism in India (1800 – 1990), Radha Kumar, Zubaan

How to Raise a Feminist Son, Sonora Jha, Penguin India