Anti-dowry laws have existed in India since 1961, but the practice is still common — and the pressure on brides often leads to murder or suicide.
When I ask people what their favourite poems or verses are, nobody mentions Sarojini Naidu, Kamala Surayya, Amrita Pritam or Toru Dutt. They were all trailblazers; they were among the first, and it is on their shoulders that I stood when I first began writing poetry as a child. It is on their shoulders I stand today as a poet, a writer and an essayist. I am not ignorant of their contributions, and nor should you be.
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I am still unsurprised when men walk away from me without looking back, exactly the way my dad did, because, deep down, I know that’s what men do.
In India, the right-wing ABVP takes down its opponents through trolling, harassment and threats — and recently took down an outspoken liberal, Gurmehar Kaur.
New Year’s Eve celebrations in Bangalore were marred by another ugly series of mass molestations, making them the third such incident to happen in India. As women walked in the streets of their city, celebrating with friends and family, masses of men descended on them, all hands, and grabbed everything that they could see. It was a visible and obvious message, and one that Indian women are eerily familiar with: I come, I see, I take.
Yesterday, Dec. 5, Jayalalithaa Jayaraman, chief minister of the state of Tamil Nadu, India, and one of the earliest feminist influences in my life, passed away. She was an iconic actress, a writer extraordinaire and an adroit politician, and her life deserves to be celebrated.
I want to write about her for myself, and for girls like me who grew up during the Jayalalithaa era. When I was 11 years old, I remember seeing a photograph of her — a powerful woman surrounded by a sea of men — and it had a profound impact on my life.
It’s that time of the year again; the Silly Season is upon us, and a lot of us are probably looking to buy a gift or two for the people we love. This can be a tricky process, though, and one that is riddled with doubt and confusion. To make things worse, there are umpteen lists and oughts and oughtn’ts out there. However, if you’re shopping for your favorite feminist, I promise that this is the ONLY list you’re ever going to need.
When your value is constantly questioned, you start to question it yourself, or you acquiesce with the people who are assessing you and deeming you unworthy.
In parts of India — with a secret code and someone to vouch for you — you can buy rape videos for as little as $2.
Let’s be honest: Sexist double standards have plagued women since time immemorial. Whether we’re banging on that glass ceiling, fighting for equal pay or demanding equal opportunities — or simply wondering why we’re slut-shamed for dating more than one man in a three-month period (even though, when men do exactly the same thing, we’re told they’re just “boys being boys” or that they will “play the field” or even that they’re “legends”) — we’re up against these double standards everywhere: personally, professionally and everywhere in between.