Feminism India

Outward Smiles, Inward Screams!

“The prince charming came riding on the horse, kissed the princess on the lip and rescued her from all her misery. They rode into the basking sunshine and lived happily ever after. Goodnight, honey. Sleepwell” said the mother and tucked her in the bed. She waited for her prince charming to come, for the next twenty long years. The knight in shining armour, the valiant man to save the damsel in distress. She kept waiting and waiting, but the prince charming never arrived. Cinderella, Snow White, and the Sleeping Beauty, all fairy tales flawed. False hopes and invalid dreams. Outward smiles and inward screams. Fair, tall... read more »

Sabers for Boys and Dolls for Girls

My youngest cousin turned three a few months back and in my quest to buy her gifts that were neither pink nor fluffy nor a blue eyed fair skinned doll, I found a teddy bear in a sailor cap and a pop-up bedtime book about a bunny going to sleep, in a gift shop near Westminster Abbey. While I was quite proud of not reinforcing gender binaries in my choice of gifts and not succumbing to capitalist companies that decide what a girl and boy must play with, I was quite exhausted at the effort that goes into buying gender-neutral gifts. Toy shops generally have two... read more »

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting - What you must know.

Disclaimer: This article includes explicit visual images and links to documentaries and videos - the contents of which are violent and further explicit. Though the female genitalia is discussed in some detail with diagrams and could be quite upsetting, I suggest that if you have opened this link you might as well get through the content of this narrative because being informed and generating awareness is always a first step towards rooting out social evils from society. Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting - FGM/C Female genital mutilation or FGM "refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury... read more »

Marital Rape - Ignorance is Not Always Bliss.

Our culture describes marriage as a sacred institution, its very sanctity is what our tradition preaches of. But it’s a matter of great plight that even today, in some parts of the world, behind closed doors and drawn in curtains, marriage is primarily just a contract for legal sex. She is your wife and now nobody is going to question you, neither she herself. But what our men need to remember is that just because she said “I do” once doesn’t mean you never have to ask again. A woman not saying no is not a woman saying yes. Rape - a word that... read more »

Flower Boy

When people talk about effeminate boys and men, I imagine they’re in a zoo, gossiping about some strange creature that entertains them and makes them slightly uncomfortable. It goes a little like this: “Here, we have an exhibit of flower boy. Flower boy can be found hiding in parts of modern society with flushed cheeks and soft hands. He smiles coyly and crosses his thighs when he sits. Sometimes, flower boy gets sad, and he cries like a baby. Look! Creatures like these tend to be weak and abnormally girly. Some even dare to hug other boys and kiss their foreheads. Look! Hahaha! He’s... read more »