Feminism India


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 »


Oh(!)

D.H. Lawrence emphasised and explored this topic 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% of women orgasm... read more »


Politicizing Clothing

Clothing is complicated and women are often blamed for taking their own sweet time when it comes to choosing, assembling and dressing ourselves. But the world worries when a woman chooses something that it deems revolutionary and hence for the sake of internal peace and serenity we may take a little longer to make the appropriate choice regarding our attire. Probably this is why the term ‘wearing’ is synonymous with mental or physical tiredness. Speaker Paul Ryan (like the few other things that he is extremely passionate about) is a firm proponent of ‘appropriate business attire in the House’. The recent debate around the 'appropriateness of... read more »