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 »

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 »

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 »

The Awkward Conversation

Welcome to India, a diverse and culturally rich country where we can openly talk and express our views freely about any and every thing except things like sex, menstruation, birth control and the issues associated to them. Yes, it’s a matter of great pity that even in the 21st century when we have progressed so much and have outgrown the boundaries of all sectors of development; sex and related issues are still a very big taboo in our country. We keep running away from healthy discussions and talks about all these natural and inevitable processes that sustain life. With a population of 1.25 billion,... read more »