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Bodily Autonomy
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What Is India’s Medical Community Doing to End the Apathy and Abuse Trans* People Face in Healthcare?
Trans Representation
Any mental or emotional health crisis queer/trans* folks face is seen as their fault, directly or indirectly caused by their queerness or transness. This is the cishet gaze, and mental health practitioners have only started learning about queer-trans* affirmative therapy practices.
Top 5 Women's Day Ads That Do Anything But Empower Women
International Women's Day
Each year International Women’s Day intensifies the competition for the best advertising campaigns. These campaigns are tiring because they make empty promises with mixed up clichés about women empowerment. Their jingles and tokenistic branding show how poorly they align with feminism.
Conversion Therapy Is Cruel and It Needs to End
LGBTQIA+
Despite the adverse psychological impact of conversion therapy, this pseudo-scientific practice continues to be practiced widely.
Justice Is a Long Road for India’s Undertrial Prisoners
Law
In India, despite the constitutional right to a "reasonable, fair, and just" procedure for a person accused of an offence, the prison system is overflowing with undertrials—those who have been arrested but are yet to be convicted.
4 min read
Being Asexual in a Country Where Sex Is Taboo
Sexuality
India’s culture of sexual repression creates discomfort around sex, so how does someone determine whether one is really asexual or if the aversion to sex is nothing but sexual repression?
Breast Cancer Is a Health Crisis, Not a Cosmetic Crisis
Breast Cancer
Mastectomy is about survival not about an assault on "two-breasted femininity".
Gynaecologist Clinics Are Patriarchal Spaces and That Needs to Change
Health
Whether it is the lack of infomercials about contraceptive methods or the symbolic silence staged by censoring words like “vagina”, health spaces for women are often restrictively designed, with negligible emphasis on their lived experiences and their sexual needs.
Should Your Partner Or Employer Be Tracking Your Period?
Bodily Autonomy
Contrary to what they claim, period tracking applications are contributing to the curbing of women’s bodily autonomy by creating sophisticated forms of surveillance.
Of Breasts and Body Politics
Body Politics
There’s something inherently perverse about how the patriarchy thinks about breasts. While it freely sexualizes and glorifies women’s breasts in a toxic bacchanalia of misogyny, women themselves aren’t free to do the same. Female desire, after all, is at the margins of India’s popular culture.
Deception and Sexual Consent
Law
If the consent to a particular sexual act is obtained via deception, can the sexual act still be considered consensual at all?
How to Master the Art of Flâneuring
Satire
It's independence day today. How free are we really? To just loiter? Just saunter about in the streets freely? A very unhelpful, if not damaging, guide for women wanting to be flâneuses.
The Body Positive Movement Has a Lot Left to Learn from Trans Folx
Trans Rights
In a cis-normative world, dysphoria is often perceived as body negativity and trans persons’ desire to physically transition is often incorrectly viewed as a patriarchal aspiration.
Raising Women's Minimum Marriage Age Is A Harmful Patriarchal Non-solution To Some Real Problems
Bodily Autonomy
Increased access to education, better nutrition, and greater access to family planning services are more likely to tackle the problem than increasing the age of marriage.
3 min read
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