Feminism India

The Social Costs of Progressiveness

“It isn’t about 'becoming' another person - I already am who I am - I just want my body to reflect that. It is not like I am suddenly changing from the person you have always known- this is more about your willingness to see who I have always been” -Cooper Lee Bombardier I am from a land where all major manifestations of God is in the form* of women. A land where we shout out ‘Jai mata di’, bow our heads in front of the goddess and disrespect women all at the same time. A land where respect towards ideas like Narishakthi and Ardhanareeshwaran... read more »

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 »

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 »

Body Shaming : Dos and Don'ts

I am in my mid-twenties and have had my share of body shamers who commented on every part of my body, on how I should behave and dress. People have commented on my skin colour, weight, my choice of clothing and behavior. Every wedding or ceremony that I go to is like an invitation for different uncles and aunties to impose their opinions on me. A couple of days back on World Yoga day, I saw a post about how an Indian actress was body shamed for the picture she had shared on her Instagram. When You Own Your Breath NoBody Steals Your Peace! Happy Yoya... read more »

Skirt Lengths and Related Questions

This is an extract from the pages of a modern Indian woman's diary. Anushka is one of many women who become collateral damage in the battle between tradition and progress. The questions that are fired at her represent an inkling into the lives of such women who are subject to strict scrutiny at virtually all hours of the day. "So, what are your hobbies?", asked Jai. Anushka sighed internally. Her mother had forced her to meet him (and had already named the children she was hoping they would have together). She politely replied, "I enjoy adventure sports and boxing". In the pause that preluded his next... read more »