Gender “Ban the Burqa, Ban the Ghunghat”: When Will We Stop Telling Women What They Can or Cannot Wear?
If you support the ban of a piece of clothing – a burqa, ghunghat, or a skirt – you’re still supporting the idea that women’s bodies, and what they put on them, can and should be subjected to regulation. Why should the world decide whether a woman should be behind a veil or cover her legs?Add to list
Gender How I Fought Patriarchy in My Family By Voting for a Candidate of My Choice
In my family, it is always the men who take all the important decisions. Elections are all about herd voting, where my father announces his political leanings and the rest follow. Women, they believe, are incapable of understanding the affairs of the State. But this year, despite all the pestering, I voted for a candidate of my choice.Add to list
Gender The Gurgaon Woman’s Misogyny is a By-Product of Slut-Shaming in Schools
In a now viral video, a Gurgaon woman is seen slut-shaming a girl, saying she and her friends “deserved to be raped” because of the clothes she wore. It reminded me of the culture of aunty establishment that has always been prevalent in our schools, where girls were reprimanded for the length of their uniforms.Add to list
Gender 50 Shades of Greying: Ladies, Time to Retire the Compliment “You don’t Look Your Age!”
We are socially conditioned to equate youth with beauty, and beauty as an accomplishment. But why not think of your crows’ feet and greys as sieves that filter out assholes who think women serve only one purpose – to be someone’s eye-candy? Let’s start by retiring “you don’t look your age!” as a compliment.Add to list
Gender Look Who’s Not Cooking: Why My Children Will Never Eat Maa Ke Haath Ka Khana
When I was growing up, Maa’s kitchen had some manner of grinding, slow cooking going on at all times. But my utter lack of initiative when it comes to feeding people ghar ka khaana has been the cause of great pain to women in my family.Add to list
Arré Sunte Ho! Are Indians Embarrassed About The Bra?
Tune in to Episode 4 of Arré Sunte Ho!, a weekly podcast featuring hot takes on even hotter topics. This week, we're talking about women's bodies and asking the magic question: "Are Indians Embarrassed About The Bra?"Add to list
Gender The UP Constable Acid Attack Proves That Even Empowered Women Can’t Escape Misogyny
A woman constable in Uttar Pradesh was attacked with acid by a jilted lover. The fact that she is a cop did not deter the attacker. This is the stark dichotomy between the freedom women now have to make waves at work and the basic freedoms they continue to be denied in their personal lives.Add to list
Gender 50 Going on 20: What’s With Our Sudden Obsession with Birthday Milestones?
I suppose nothing quite tells you that age is not just a number like hitting 50 does. And we now celebrate it with a big, extravagant bash. Does anyone really care about us turning 50? Then again, does that argument hold in an age where beauty standards for even ageing women are relentless?Add to list
Gender What the Joe Biden Accusations Tell Us About the Divide Between Women’s Independence and Men’s Intention
What’s been made clear by the entire story surrounding touchy-feely Joe Biden, is that young women will no longer brush their discomfort aside, simply because it doesn’t fall under the definition of harassment. The empathetic, handsy politician is a relic from a more forgiving past — and is now being called out for outdated, soft sexism.Add to list
Gender Not a Dress, Not a Maxi: How the Indian Woman Finds Liberation in a Nightie
Women fall in love with the nightie so madly, they never want to part ways. And why not? Its tent-like shape doesn’t discriminate – you might have Kareena-like abs or you might be well-rounded, the nightie gives everyone the sex appeal of a potato.Add to list