Feminism India

In Conversation with Tina from Mom Boss of 3

The Desi Outsiders had a rivetting conversation with Tina from Mom Boss of 3 about balancing life as a married woman, a Mum of three kids under the age of six, and her passion project that is YouTube. Grab a cup of tea, sit back, and join Ankita and Meenal in this chat with Tina. A: Tina, we feel that there’s a chapter of your life that no one really talks about anymore. And that chapter is your life pre-Harpreet. So let’s start at the very beginning. What was your life like before you became the Mom Boss of 3? My life is very... read more »

Girl Boss - Harassment At The Workplace

“How old is this one? Less than a two years old, you say?!” I was exasperated. Child marriages were common in my village, but this was outrageous. I vowed to stop this one as I could not bear the thought of yet another girl’s life ruined before she could even speak. I approached a women’s organization about the same, in the hope that something would be done for the girl. Though the wedding was delayed due to the arrival of the police, the family stealthily carried it out at 2am that night. Naturally, the villagers who supported this marriage believed that I had alerted... read more »

"Beta, You've Been Watching Too Much TV"

We've talked about movies, storybooks, of underage princesses giving up their dreams and originally admirable qualities to marry their 'charming' saviours; but how deeply have we discussed the myriad of cartoons and other series that entertain kids almost every day? Whether it's a classic that makes us smile nostalgically, or a recent hit, the problems, disappointingly, remain the same. From Disney’s racist and propagandistic Mickey Mouse animations during the World War era to tiny waists and ‘pretty’ faces, children’s television shows are replete with negative stereotypes. According to Gerbner's cultivation theory, exposure to content on television facilitates the development of concepts regarding social norms... read more »

Technically Creepy

I buzzed and lit up with a banner on my screen which read "you have three new messages". The light caught her eye and she immediately typed in her password. When she saw that the prompt was from Facebook, she sighed and rolled her eyes. For the past two weeks, she had been receiving the most outrageous of messages in her "other inbox" and was beginning to wonder how many creeps could possibly exist on the internet. The figure 1.2 billion loomed ominously in her mind. As she slowly opened her inbox, she saw a message which read "ma'am, u r beauty with brains". Seeing... read more »

Confessions of a Newlywed Feminist

Two months ago, I got married. Ever since, my identity as a Feminist was mulled over, chewed upon, dissected and reinforced! It has evolved. Let me tell you how it happened. I was blissfully happy. Everywhere I looked, unicorns seemed to fart rainbows. One week into the marriage, I reported back at work where my friends were naturally curious about the state of affairs. And to a male friend’s casual enquiry of who does the cooking, I proudly declared that I take care of it. Mostly. He sounded appalled and went “there goes your feminist bullshit. Got married and became one of them, huh?” I... read more »