Feminism India


An Ode to Modern Families

If like me, you went to a primary school in India, there comes a point when you learn about families. It happens in the Environmental Sciences class, in second grade. I remember these classes quite vividly (because I like to think I was a precocious child) because unfortunately, I did not fit in. My teacher taught us that families consisted of parents and children. There is always a father, a mother, and siblings. We were also made to stick pictures of families which consisted of a father, a mother and a brother and a sister. And just to clarify the 'me not fitting in' part -... read more »


If only the skirt was longer - Where do we, as a country, go wrong?

A few days ago, I was at a security awareness training meant solely for women. It focused on the threats faced by women. The whole training was very informative and exciting but what was not very exciting was seeing my country, India, lead most lists, in different aspects, as one of the most unsafe places for women. A survey conducted by ActionAid UK indicated that 4 out of 5 women in India experience some form of sexual harassment in their lives. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reports an increase in the rate of violent crimes against women since 2009. According to an often quoted statistics... 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 »


Dysmenorrhea - Such a pain!

Dysmenorrhea otherwise known as period cramps is a painful symptom experienced by some women during menstruation. Research indicates that nine out of ten women experience period pain, these can be of varying levels and due to various causes. Despite the high rate of prevalence, dysmenorrhea as a problem is not addressed. The silence associated with menstruation itself is extended to dysmenorrhea. Women often suffer in silence because of the social taboos associated with the same. Moreover, some medical professionals tend to dismiss it as regular and 'normal'. John Guillebaud, a professor of reproductive health at University College London, in an interview with Quartz Media shared how... 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 »