Category Archives: Opinion

Why some men are put off by the #MeToo campaign

By Allan Jacob

Listen up ladies, let men have their say in the #MeToo campaign which, I believe, has outlived its cause as a lonely banner of revolt against the male gender. Let’s talk about #UsToo or #UsTogether before it turns into #MeAlone. It must get real, and for that you need to rope in men to make it sensitive and appealing to a wider audience. As #MeToo searches for more survivors, victims and perps, let me state here that the bravado has been shortlived, the angst has been channelled in the wrong direction, it has lacked focus during the media circus being played out every day which, to me, has often been gross and loud. Continue reading Why some men are put off by the #MeToo campaign

The Nobel academy’s disgrace and another #MeToo movement

By Suresh Pattali

Disgrace.

It’s one of my faves from J M Coetzee, recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature and two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize. Revisiting Disgrace at a time when the Swedish Academy is engulfed in a sex abuse scandal was a spooky coincidence. The academy, which has conferred the coveted prize since 1901, including on Coetzee, will not name a laureate. Casting a quick glance at the breaking news on TV — I had a kind of hunch — I returned to the book and reflected on the parallels between the early part of the novel’s plot and the academy’s state of affairs: sex, scandal, sleaze and disgrace. Continue reading The Nobel academy’s disgrace and another #MeToo movement

How the film Vertigo set a dizzying bar exactly 60 years ago

By Sushmita Bose

I’ve often wondered why Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo — that completes its 60th anniversary in a few days (May 9, 1958, was when the film released) was never remade. I’ve always put it down to being too much of a tough act to follow. It’s perhaps Hitchcock’s most complex, nuanced film — yes, even more, much more than Psycho — and definitely his most “sensory” one, and that’s not just because of the vertigo factor. Continue reading How the film Vertigo set a dizzying bar exactly 60 years ago