Gender Kerala HC’s Ruling Against Sexist Hostel Rules Has Shown the Way. Time for All Our Universities to Follow
The Kerala High Court recently upheld that women students have the same freedoms as men. The implications of these college rules go far beyond the campus. It goes against the understanding that the potential of young women is up for sacrifice without a second thought, as long as we can keep them in line.Add to list
Gender Why are Indians So Embarrassed About the Bra?
As Indian girls, we are raised with the strict instruction that our bras should not be hung out to dry like the rest of the dirty linen we wash in public. Perhaps the reason that the bra has come to be a trigger garment is not because men can’t deal with it, but because with all our hiding we haven’t really given them a chance to.Add to list
Gender Why Are We Not Outraging Over the Pollachi Sex Abuse Scandal?
Police in Tamil Nadu say that more than 50 women have been sexually abused by a four-member gang in Pollachi. Yet the plight of the survivors has gone unnoticed and reported sparingly by the mainstream media.Add to list
Gender Home Run: Why Every Woman Needs A House of Her Own
A few days ago, I invested in a house of my own. I want a home where I don’t have to spend three days in a month lurking outside the kitchen because it’s “that time of the month”. I want a house where I can’t be removed from no matter what (or who) I do. Not by misogynist landlords or housing societies that randomly decide they don’t want “bachelors”.Add to list
Gender #MeToo: Is it Okay to Feel Guilty about Outing a Sexual Harasser?
Days after I outed my abuser at the height of the #MeToo movement last October, I was overcome by gut-wrenching guilt. A big part of it was seeded in my belief that for the most part, people deserve second chances. Were a few unwelcome dirty messages a crime big enough to warrant the obliteration of his public image?Add to list
Gender Oscars 2019: Will Films Like Period. End of Sentence. Rid Us of Taboos Around Menstruation?
Periods are used as convenient tools to dismiss and overpower women. This experience is so common to patriarchal societies that frankly, I was baffled that a documentary as simplistic as Period. End Of Sentence. was considered insightful enough to earn an Oscar. Perhaps that’s what makes it relevant.Add to list
Gender Do the Oscars Have a “Female Director” Problem This Year?
In endorsing the superhero spectacle, Black Panther for “Best Film”, the Academy has responded to today’s age and yet, its crusade to popularise aberrant films is still catalysed by the dominance of the male genius. What else explains the exclusion of female directors from the Best Director race this year?Add to list
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Gender How My Closeted Aunt Helped Me Embrace My Sexuality
At 19, my aunt, who I once suspected of being a little bit butch, lashed out at my mother for trying to fix my engagement with a girl. She understood that I was different, just like her. And that #LoveMovesForward in different ways.Add to list
Gender Why Do We Hate Women’s Magazines? They Gave Us Our First Lesson in Feminism After All
The world applauds the woman who cracks the IIT, but immediately gets their knickers in a twist if a woman drinks, parties, or puts herself first. Through the years, women’s magazines have shown women how to fall in love with themselves. Maybe, this is what makes people so uncomfortable.Add to list