In her new book Outdated, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, former Sakhi Board member and Editor of Feministing.com, offers a personal account of what she calls a ‘feminist critique’ of dating and love in our world today.
“I felt a tremendous frustration with what I felt were the dominant narratives about romance in the mainstream media. I really saw the book as an intervention. Not really rewriting the fairytale, or this is how you live happily ever after, not necessarily a follow these guides into the relationship of your dreams, but to really critically analyze the dominant mess that we have internalized about romance and to really serve as an intervention into what I felt was making young people unhappy.”
Outdated gives voice to the daily pressures and fears media, society and family instills in young women, such as the pressure to have a successful long-term, heterosexual relationships that will lead to marriage, the ways consumerism and media shape our ideas of romance and sex. Samhita responds insightfully to the myth “feminism hurts your love life” and addresses the need to collectively redifine feminity, masculinity and romantic relationships. Get a copy of Outdated.