Feminism India


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 »


Motherland

Karolin Klüppel is a German photojournalist who extensively documents matrilineal and matriarchal tribes all around the world. My mother has the pleasure of belonging to one of the tribes Klüppel has photographed: the Khasis of Meghalaya. This article features some of the photos from her series on Khasi girls: Mädchenland (or ‘country of girls’ in English). For the uninitiated, Meghalaya is a state in northeast India. The Khasis are one of the three matrilineal tribes that live there, the other two being the Garo and Jaintia tribes. Since my mother is Khasi, I'll be writing only about them. Khasis (indeed all native northeast Indians) add diversity... 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 »


Cherries Don't Pop

WARNING: Graphic language. The night Katherine of Aragon married Prince Arthur, it seemed like all of England was waiting outside their bedroom for the consummation of their marriage. Arthur was timid and Katherine found him disgusting. They didn't have sex. Both of them were virgins but Katherine knew that in the morning the entire royal family would spill into the room to check the sheets for her blood. If they didn't find any stains, her chastity would be a point of contention. What did she do? According to some historians and authors, she cut the sole of her foot to stain the sheets with that blood.... read more »


A New Urban Feminist Act

I’ve noticed that in an urban society, everything a woman does is political. Should she decide to earn outside her house, people stick their noses in her business. If she doesn't shave her legs (for whatever reason), she's then turned into some sort of fourth-wave feminist hero. If she turns down nudes from someone she doesn't know, there we go again. She's a rude bitch. Let's touch the hot potato. If men were to do the things that aren't traditionally considered masculine, people wouldn't be so fearful. We're still stuck in a rut of seeing women as, well, women, and seeing men as people. It... read more »