Feminism India


MTV Movie and TV Awards 2017: Why it Won

The first week of May ended with the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards. You know, that awards show where they hand out popcorn tub-shaped trophies for ‘Best Kiss’ and things like that? Yeah, no one paid too much attention to it for a while but this year’s ceremony was definitely worth taking note of. It started out as a prize ceremony for excellent performances in cinema but came to include television shows as well this year. You, therefore, had small screen shows like ‘Stranger Things’ compete with massive Oscar-winning movies like ‘Moonlight’. It's safe to say that other award shows could take a leaf... read more »


Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes

The first Dove ad that touched my heart was the one where a forensic guy drew two descriptions of the same person. One showed how that person perceived herself and the other showed how another person perceived her. By the end of the ad, Dove showed you that you are more beautiful than you think you are. What a beautiful thought! Dove has been doing these socially conscious ads which spread positivity and self-love for quite some time. But, recently they got it all wrong with their new #Realbeauty bottles ad. If you haven't seen it yet, here it is: .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%... read more »


Motherland

Karolin Klüppel is a German photojournalist who extensively documents matrilineal and matriarchal tribes all around the world. My mother has the pleasure of belonging to one of the tribes Klüppel has photographed: the Khasis of Meghalaya. This article features some of the photos from her series on Khasi girls: Mädchenland (or ‘country of girls’ in English). For the uninitiated, Meghalaya is a state in northeast India. The Khasis are one of the three matrilineal tribes that live there, the other two being the Garo and Jaintia tribes. Since my mother is Khasi, I'll be writing only about them. Khasis (indeed all native northeast Indians) add diversity... read more »


Pro Life VS Pro Choice : Abortion laws for rape victims

The moral and ethical debate surrounding a woman’s right over her own body and the rights of an unborn baby has been playing out in various permutations and combinations throughout history. Like all issues, the question has taken religious and political notions with time. The question captured public imagination again with Arkansas bringing out an apparently Pro-life law that allows a woman’s husband to sue her if she gets an abortion even if it involves marital rape. The very right over one's own body has been taken away. The moment an individual’s right over the very basic physical existence is taken away, the... read more »


Priyanka Madan on Burning the Candle at Both Ends

Priyanka Madan is a lawyer in London. She's been mostly independent from the age of 16 when she landed a scholarship to finish high school in Singapore. She returned to India after forgoing the initial plan of pursuing engineering to become a lawyer. In 2015, Priyanka graduated from the National Law School, Bangalore, and in 2016, she joined her first job as a corporate lawyer in London. It all sounds easy when you say it like that, but only she can tell you about all the hard work that went into how she got to where she is. On our podcast, Desi Outsiders, Meenal and I... read more »