Feminism India

Part 1: Girls, I have your back!

Disclaimer: I am quite apologetic for reinforcing gender binaries by writing this two-part series. But a positive change in at least one person will be worth the inequity that I commit now. Last month, the world was thrilled to watch Adele share her Grammy with Beyoncé. As she stood on the podium, broke her Grammy and acknowledged the work of a fellow female artist with love, respect, and adoration – she sent out a message to millions of women all over the world. That two women, working in the same profession are truly capable of appreciating each other’s work without bitterness. The terms catfight, popular cliques,... read more »

Feminist not Fascist!

The year was 2014, I was attending a vocational training camp in Kochi, Kerala, India. The trainer, a man in his late thirties, asked the class if anyone was a feminist. The class remained immobile and silent. From the second last row in which I was seated, I half raised my hand. He glanced in my direction and chose to ignore me. The year is 2017, I was attending a house party in London, United Kingdom. A female friend of mine and I, were shaking our heads hopelessly after failing to convince two of our male friends what feminism was. The two Indian boys we were... read more »