One Indian woman

Plus

a feminist

Minus

a fair, homely, beautiful eligible girl

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determined and strong opinionated

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tall, slim and a slender figure

Plus

independent and a critical-thinker

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traditional, cultured, well-mannered and modest

Plus

anti-patriarchy and anti-misogyny

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submissive, docile, adjusting home-maker

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fearless and honest

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faithful and God-fearing

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rational and practical

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a “abla naari”

Divided by

nothing

Multiplied by

a strong desire to fight back and live

sums me up.


Disclaimer: This post has been inspired from a film by Sonali. Original title of the film is Sum Total. A Matrimonial. Sonali is an activist and filmmaker who has made several films including Sum Total and Barefeet.

Pciture credit: Harini Calamur/ Flickr (Used under a CC license)

About the author(s)

Japleen smashes the patriarchy for a living! She is the founder-CEO of Feminism in India, an award-winning digital intersectional feminist media platform. She is also a TEDx speaker and a UN World Summit Young Innovator. Japleen likes to garden, travel, swim and cycle.

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