Feminism India

Marriage - a ceremony or life-sentence?

Tears in her big and bold eyes, vermilion on her radiant forehead. Draped in a red saree, henna all over her hand. A beautiful smile on her bright face, bangles jingling away. Dazzling with a glow, she enters the doorpost of what she thinks is her new abode. The world ahead of the doorpost, magnanimous and pure. Little did she know, the bangles in her hands that she did adore, Were nothing but handcuffs and the bountiful home, her prison. The eyes that once dreamed and sparkled, are now dry and deceived. Vermilion intact, down and down her forehead weighed. If only her marriage was an... read more »

The Indian Colour Complex

I have something called synesthesia. It is a phenomenon where your sensory and cognitive pathways intertwine resulting in involuntary sensory-cognitive experiences. In my case, I see days and months in colours set in a specific space. There is a pattern and colour to the way days and months are set in my imagination. And for a very long time, I figured it was the same for everyone else. While, we may not share a synesthetic mind, seeing colours in other human beings is a common and often involuntary phenomenon in our day to day lives. The tendency to associate colour to race based on ingrained stereotypes... read more »

Feminism of Contradiction: To be or not to be?

We live in a society where being a woman is a feat in its own merit. With the drastic increase in discussions about feminism and gender issues today, a million opinions of individuals all over the world have emerged. There are those who are concerned about the state of society. Among them, there are those who call themselves ‘feminists’: men and women who try to find solutions to the challenges that women face. Some of them are learned scholars, people with degrees in anthropology and social sciences. Some are self-taught and self-proclaimed. Within these groups, there are sects: from mild sympathizers to radical revolutionaries to straight... read more »

MTV Movie and TV Awards 2017: Why it Won

The first week of May ended with the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards. You know, that awards show where they hand out popcorn tub-shaped trophies for ‘Best Kiss’ and things like that? Yeah, no one paid too much attention to it for a while but this year’s ceremony was definitely worth taking note of. It started out as a prize ceremony for excellent performances in cinema but came to include television shows as well this year. You, therefore, had small screen shows like ‘Stranger Things’ compete with massive Oscar-winning movies like ‘Moonlight’. It's safe to say that other award shows could take a leaf... read more »

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes

The first Dove ad that touched my heart was the one where a forensic guy drew two descriptions of the same person. One showed how that person perceived herself and the other showed how another person perceived her. By the end of the ad, Dove showed you that you are more beautiful than you think you are. What a beautiful thought! Dove has been doing these socially conscious ads which spread positivity and self-love for quite some time. But, recently they got it all wrong with their new #Realbeauty bottles ad. If you haven't seen it yet, here it is: .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%... read more »