Feminism India

Lost: A Paradise

In October, 1992, an Army unit entered the Kashmiri village of Chak Saidpora, on a search for militants. No warrant was required, as per the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act for Jammu and Kashmir. Approximately nine women with ages ranging from eleven to sixty were raped during the operation. Victims reported of soldiers specifically asking for the women in the houses they entered, and proceeding to rape them. In 1999, four women from the Daree Village, Doda, were detained for four days, where they were raped and tortured by senior Army officials, including the commanding officer. After this, a fake certificate was made by a doctor... read more »


D.H. Lawrence had a lot to say about these topics in Lady Chatterley's Lover, and almost a century later, women's sexual satisfaction and orgasm inequality are finally becoming mainstream subjects of discussion. Cosmopolitan's 2015 survey found that 57% of women in heterosexual relationships orgasm most or every time they have sex, while for their partners, the figure rose to 95%. The female orgasm has been shrouded in mystery and confusion - because to understand female sexual pleasure, we have to, you know, talk about it. A large part of the problem lies with on-screen sex being mostly penetrative; but studies show that only around 8%... read more »

"Beta, You've Been Watching Too Much TV"

We've talked about movies and storybooks: of underage princesses giving up their dreams and originally admirable qualities to marry their 'charming' saviours; but how deeply have we discussed the myriad cartoons and other series that entertain kids almost every day? Whether it's a classic that makes us smile nostalgically, or a recent hit, the problems, disappointingly, remain the same. From Disney’s racist and propagandistic Mickey Mouse animations during the World War era to tiny waists and ‘pretty’ faces, children’s television shows are replete with negative stereotypes. According to Gerbner's cultivation theory, exposure to content on television facilitates the development of concepts regarding social norms... read more »

A Regal Art

The Kings Drag kings - essentially women, transgenders, or transsexuals who dress as men - have, as usual, been sidelined by their male counterparts throughout history. While they have been present as male impersonators from the 17th century to the 1900s, they emerged as a subculture of drag during the 1980s, mainly in London and San Fransico. A male impersonator merely dresses in conventionally masculine attire, whereas a drag king makes a performance out of the impersonation, in which cross-dressing is one aspect of his portrayal of masculinity. The term is thought to have been coined in the 1990s by Johnny Science, a transsexual performance artist... read more »

A Regal Art

The Queens Another word to thank Shakespeare for is 'drag', to describe the event of cross-dressing. The art can be said to have begun out of necessity, when only males were permitted to grace the theatre stage. This would be the sixteenth century in England and most of Europe, during the reign of the Bard. In Japan, 1629 saw a ban on female actors in kabuki theatre. This gave rise to onnagata right through the nineteenth century, where male actors would play females in kabuki productions. The seeds of drag culture had been sewn, as even after Charles II allowed women to perform, men often performed... read more »