Feminism India

Part 2: To the men I know

To my father, (and fathers like mine) I will probably have to mail this to you and cross check if you have read what I have written. But I want to say thank you. Grateful and blessed are children like me who have parents like you. Thank you for raising your children, and if I may say so for raising them well. Thank you for participating in our lives. For teaching us that the dictums of ‘men are good workers’ while ‘women are good nurturers’ is a myth. For teaching us that both parents can be equal partners in being involved in the lives of their... read more »

Cherries Don't Pop

WARNING: Graphic language. The night Katherine of Aragon married Prince Arthur, it seemed like all of England was waiting outside their bedroom for the consummation of their marriage. Arthur was timid and Katherine found him disgusting. They didn't have sex. Both of them were virgins but Katherine knew that in the morning the entire royal family would spill into the room to check the sheets for her blood. If they didn't find any stains, her chastity would be a point of contention. What did she do? According to some historians and authors, she cut the sole of her foot to stain the sheets with that blood.... read more »

An Unapologetic Existence

Not less than one month after the Oscars and the glorious goof up, cinephiles across the globe are still debating about Isabella Huppert missing out on the Oscars for English-French production 'Elle'. Not far away, and on a much wider scale, society and feminists are attempting to dissect the feminist undertones of the film with some describing 'Elle' as one of the most powerful expressions of post-modern feminist cinema, some calling it ‘anti-sexist’, and even as ‘misogyny masquerading as feminism’. I got the chance to see the flick during the International Film Festival of Kerala this year. I came out very disturbed and to be frank,... read more »

A Sight For Sore Eyes: Feminism In Contemporary Television

The show business does not have the best reputation, especially when it comes to a fair portrayal of the sexes. Roles, screen-time, and opportunity both on and behind the screen have been long criticized as being biased. The pinches of off-screen patriarchy are often translated to punches of objectification and stereotype on-screen, fueling much feminist aggression regarding the general trend. However, with the most popular shows on English television taking a lead in putting a woman at the helm of their stories, a silver lining seems to emerge. Here we take a look at the most feminist-friendly shows on television, that treat their women right. Game... read more »

Trolling Wars: A Tale of Empathy and Compassion.

When we first started our project, we had tremendous support from all our close friends and family. Our loved ones wanted to see us pursue our passions, but they were also worried that we might get hurt along the way. We never for a moment, mulled over any negative implications that a project like this could bring. At the start of any project, when you’re focused on crossing all your t’s and dotting your i’s and going through your checklists with gusto, it leaves very little space in your mind to think about what could go wrong. Because surely working towards a social... read more »