ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Feminist by Choice?

As examples from the entertainment industry show, the post-feminist woman who claims to be guided by the freedom to choose is under the illusion of free will.

While interviewing Sunny Leone, a Bollywood actor known for her role in adult films, Bhupendra Chaubey, the host of “The Hot Seat,” an interview-based show on the CNN-IBN television channel, asked questions alright—but he asked all the wrong questions. It was tough to miss the outrage Chaubey’s interview of 15 January generated on social media outlets. Leone was on the show to promote her upcoming film, Mastizaade, an adult comedy, which was released at the end of January.

Chaubey seemed so obsessed with Leone’s past of being an adult film star that he never mentioned her upcoming film—the main reason for her being on the show—until quarter of the way into the interview. Once the footage of the interview was out, netizens rallied on Leone’s side, damning Chaubey not only for his bad manners of tastelessly hounding a guest but for the judgmental and misogynist nature of his questions.

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