Bois Locker Room: A Cambridge researcher explains how misogyny is taking new forms in digital India
When the Indian media early in May began reporting about “Bois Locker Room”, an Instagram chat group in which members from elite Delhi schools allegedly shared photos of underage girls with brutally misogynistic comments, I was disturbed – but not surprised. As an urban sociologist and ethnographer, I recently spent 18 months participating in secretive, masculine worlds as I researched young men and their social worlds in Delhi.
The remarks allegedly made by members of the Bois Locker Room echoed the talk I had often heard on a Whatsapp group that I am part of for my research. These boys and men exemplify masculinities of a new digital India and their comments give us an unsettling glimpse into their digital worlds whilst amplifying their new forms of misogyny.
,As a young British-Indian man myself, I got unique access to the clandestine all-male worlds where men openly expressed their sexist views and actions, while also talking about their anxieties and problems with other “brothers”. From my research, I know that the Bois Locker Room is just the tip of the iceberg.
Living a paradox
Among the group of men I worked with, their Whatsapp conversations routinely hosted jokes about rape, violence and the objectification of women. On several occasions,...
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