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Women's Rights
17 posts
Some Amazing On-Screen Trans Stories and the Case for Authentic Representation
Trans Representation
Simply pushing trans stories into heteronormative spaces is no longer enough. Being mindful of authentic representation is indispensable. What we need in the industry is more room for trans creatives. After all, trans folks have waited long enough to own their narratives.
Who Finds Joy in Cooking?
Labour
For me, cooking is self-care because I don’t face the “time poverty” that leads to a lack of leisure in the lives of many women. For my mother and so many other women, cooking has always been inescapable care work for others.
How Women’s Dissenting Abilities Are Impeded by Lack of Access to Public Spaces
Public Spaces
Structural obstacles impeding access to public spaces is intensified for those excluded from groups that hold privilege based on caste, gender, sexuality, religion, and physical ability.
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?
More Feminists Must Be Allowed to Lead Climate Action
Climate Change
120 climate feminist organisations are coming together to push governments and financial institutions worldwide to take urgent action and to include more women leaders in the action for climate justice.
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.
Bharatanatyam: The Choreography of a Brahmanical Past
Culture
How hereditary dancers’ communities were shamed and “rescued” by a Brahmanical morality that could not accommodate women whose sexuality transgressed the norms.
10 min read
Why We March (and You Should Too)
Activism
When we march, we collectively offer solidarity to the oppressed and a message to the oppressors and their allies that we all bear witness to their crimes and are no longer passive bystanders. When we march, we act—with purpose and deliberation.
Arranged Marriages Uphold the Same Tradition That Promoted Sati
Opinion
Caste endogamy is the defining feature of the hierarchical concept of caste and has stayed immutable through time immemorial. This perpetuation of caste supremacy via the concept of purity is primarily preserved today through the institution of marriage—especially arranged marriages.
4 min read
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