Gender Is the Google Walkout the Way Forward for the #MeToo Movement?
Over the past year, women have done enough talking, outing sexual harassers with courage. But despite that, powerful men get away with million-dollar severance packages. Google Walkout seems to be the answer.Add to list
Gender Shame-Leave, or How Sexual Predators Escape Consequences of #MeToo
Louis CK and Aziz Ansari returned to the public eye after a self-prescribed sabbatical. A society that welcomes harassers back after a short time-out ensures that they are shielded from meaningful consequences. Will that happen with the predators India’s #MeToo has exposed?Add to list
Gender It’s a Long Road to Sabarimala. What About Our Right to Pray at Home?
Confronting my grandmother about my sister’s participation in a house puja while she was on her period turned into a four-hour screaming match. At the end of it all, grandma allowed her to wash some puja utensils, but I still lost. I could not convince her to change her belief.Add to list
Gender Analysing Ek Chutki Sindoor Ki Kimat
Anushka Sharma sported some sindoor for her wedding reception and the woke brigade was upset. Now she has gone and done it yet again on Karva Chauth. But to sindoor or not to sindoor, is a woman’s choice.Add to list
Gender Why Women Need to Stop Being Polite to Predators and Creeps
Growing up, we women have been repeatedly led to believe that our own sense of being lies at the lowest rung of the ladder; that we must respect and bow before everybody but ourselves. So what if a stranger elbowed my breast? I am not going to disrupt an entire auto line over it, right?Add to list
Gender Dear Rakhi Sawant, You’ve Gone Too Far with Your #SheToo Drama
At a recent press conference, Rakhi Sawant claimed that Tanushree Dutta raped her and muddied the waters of the #MeToo movement by calling it a publicity stunt. Because if anyone knows anything about cheap publicity stunts, it is Rakhi Sawant. It is fine to issue wedding proposals from your commode, but dismissing a movement for solidarity is going too far.Add to list
Gender How Do We Sustain India’s #MeToo Movement?
Even as we debate how to keep the #MeToo momentum going, the best way forward probably rests on our ability to be relentless with our rage, our demands, and our solidarity. Our refusal to let go of our long overdue rage could possibly lead to a culture where angry women aren’t dismissed as hysterical.Add to list
Gender Smriti Irani’s Sanitary Napkins Remarks Were Twisted Out of Context. But They’re Still Regressive
Whatever her intentions, union minister Smriti Irani’s remarks on taking sanitary napkins into homes and temples fall neatly into a cultural norm that considers women “impure” for menstruating, capable of “desecrating” any place by their mere presence.Add to list
Gender Why Women Like Tavleen Singh Choose Not to be a Part of #MeToo
Journalist Tavleen Singh has reduced #MeToo to a bunch of well-heeled urban women complaining over a bit of workplace harassment. But it is actually Singh and her ilk’s privilege that has helped them rise above the rampant sexism, which held back so many of their peers. That continues to be an obstacle for younger women.Add to list
Gender #MeToo: How Does the World Judge the Wives, Daughters, and Sisters of Sexual Harassers?
As scores of working women accuse, name and shame their predators, quickly turning them into poster boys of hate for all of womankind, what happens to the wives, the sisters and the daughters?Add to list