Respectfully Disagree: The Swaddle Team’s Weekly Culture Podcast
Respectfully Disagree is The Swaddle Team’s very own podcast series, in which we get together to discuss and dissect the issues we passionately differ on. Each Friday, one episode will be added here.
Episode 11: Is the RomCom Still Relevant in 2020?
From the Hugh Grant regurgitations of the past to recent RomComs like The Big Sick, the RomCom has become an embattled film genre — is it dead or is it simply evolving? This week, The Swaddle team dissects our favorite, and mostly problematic, RomComs, and whether filmmakers have managed to elevate the genre to fit with feminist times. (3 January 2020)
Episode 10: The Year-End Special
This week on Respectfully Disagree, we revisit this year in pop culture — from the hot priest to ‘Happy Birthday Shloka.’ (27 December 2019)
Episode 9: Can the Body Positivity Movement Ever Be Truly Inclusive?
In this week’s episode of Respectfully Disagree, the team discusses the origins of body positivity, the problem with icons, the corporatization of causes, and the benefits of a post-beauty world. (20 December 2019)
Episode 8: Should Rape and Sexual Violence Be Portrayed in Film and on TV?
Mardaani 2, the sequel to the intense cop drama starring Rani Mukerji, is a ‘women-centric’ Bollywood movie dealing with sexual violence. This got the team thinking about depictions of sexual violence and rape on-screen — can it ever be authentic and sensitive? (13 December 2019)
Episode 7: Does ‘Men Are Trash’ Rhetoric Help or Hurt the Fight for Gender Equality?
From your favorite feminist internet memes to your go-to WhatsApp group for venting, the ‘men are trash’ rhetoric is everywhere. But many feminists have criticized this discourse for being alienating, while others talk about the importance of a safe space to heal and vent. (6 December 2019)
Episode 6: Do Friendships Require Emotional Boundaries?
Remember the ‘I’m at capacity’ meme? This week, we take inspiration from the polarised opinions regarding whether friendships should have boundaries, if unconditional love is a thing, and if there are any limits to emotional labor we do for friends. (29 November 2019)
Episode 5: Is Ghosting Ethical?
Ghosting is a phenomenon that has become an integral part of modern dating and relationships. In this episode, we unpack the psychology behind it, its gendered dynamics, ghosting friends, how to deal with ghosting, and if it’s okay to go cold turkey and never return. (22 November 2019)
Episode 4: When Is It Ethical to Stand By a Friend or Family Member Accused of Sexual Harassment?
From Hillary Clinton to Mallika Dua, many women have stuck by family members when serious claims of sexual harassment have been made against them. In this episode, we talk about the complexities of standing by a friend or family member who has been accused of sexual harassment. (15 November 2019)
Episode 3: How Okay Is It to Date Someone Much Younger?
From Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra to Jay-Z and Beyoncé, age gaps in relationships are always the subject of a lot of speculation and conversation, especially when you break down the scrutiny by gender. Think this through with our team in the third episode of our podcast series. (8 November 2019)
Episode 2: Should All Cultural Content Be Viewed From a Social Justice Perspective?
From Indian twitter fervently debating the misogyny of Kabir Singh to the world at large discussing the influence of problematic content creators because of the New Zealand shooter giving a shout out to PewDiePie, questions around problematic cultural content keep coming up. In this episode, we dissect what responsibility content creators have toward their audience and whether all cultural content should be viewed from a social justice perspective. (1 November 2019)
Episode 1: Has the MeToo Movement in India Been Successful?
It’s been two years since Raya Sarkar came out with the List of Sexual Harassers in Academia. And the #MeToo movement broke out in a big way in India last October. In this episode, we discuss the #MeToo movement and the way forward. (25 October 2019)