Feminism India

I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. This is my story.

I was 13. My mom had gotten me my first bra a month ago. I had my periods a total of 3 times. I was young and naive. I didn’t know there was such a thing as molestation or abuse. The only word I’ve heard of in that spectrum was rape, and my understanding of what qualifies as rape was very crude and vague. I was only a child. This is going to be long, be warned. I will tell you how it happened. Not because this will make a good story but because telling this story to the world may help me finally... read more »

How to Help an Anxious Mind

A typical day for me starts with snoozing my alarm for the nth time and finally waking up at the nick of time. Rushing through the morning routines and reaching office and then rushing through work. Then meeting my boyfriend and friends. Having dinner and going to sleep. This sounds perfectly okay. But, what you cannot see are the things that happened in between these things. Often times, we go through our daily routine without noticing the lives of other people. We think we are the protagonist in our life story. Well, we are. But, do we stop to think what role we play in another... read more »

You're Good...For A Girl: Women in Art

In 1984, the famed Museum of Modern Art in NYC opened an exhibition titled "An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture" which claimed to feature the most important painters and sculptors of the time from 17 countries. The show featured 169 artists, of which 13 were female. There were no women of colour included. Enter the Guerrilla Girls. In 1985, 7 anonymous women wore gorilla masks and started an art movement called Guerrilla Girls, which is still alive and aims to fight sexism and racism in the world of visual art. At the time, it began in response to the erasure of female artists from... read more »

Destigmatizing Adoption with Tia Bhatia

"I've never had such an open conversation with anybody besides my parents." This was Tia's last sentence as The Desi Outsiders called it a day and wrapped up the interview. This was possibly one of the most honest conversations we've had with any of our guests and it's all thanks to Tia's kind heart for letting us into her beautiful world. Grab a cup of tea, maybe a box of tissues, and enjoy this breathtaking journey of a young girl who was found in Ambala to her life now, in Toronto. A. Now, I know that your mother had the sweetest way of telling you that... read more »

The musings of an honest cinemaphile

“If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.” - Kathryn Bigelow Over time with an influx of genres and modes of filmmaking coming into the scene, the art of filmmaking and the participants involved in the same have seen a drastic change. We have seen the rise of women getting involved in cinema from early 19th century. 2012 saw Katherine Bigelow win an Oscar beating her ex-husband for a movie on suicide bombers. It saw a huge uproar from media... read more »