We have been featuring the best writers from our writers’ community for their committed contribution to FII, making it what it is today. FII would not exist if not for the passionate and loyal feminist writers’ community that we have steadily been building over the last three years.
This June, we feature Ishmeet Nagpal. Ishmeet is particularly adept at writing about Bollywood from a feminist lens. She has written several film reviews and also about menstrual health. Some of her pieces that stand out are a review of Tumhari Sulu, her battle with dysmenorrhea and how Bollywood depicts abortion.
FII: Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
Ishmeet Nagpal: I am a social activist, poet, theatre artist and writer. I work as Communications Manager at Save The Children India in Mumbai. I am a former dentist working in social development since 6 years.
FII: How did you become a part of the FII writer family?
IN: I admired the work FII was doing and I simply asked. They liked my ideas and I became a regular contributor.
FII: How and when did you become a feminist? Which issues within feminism are close to your heart?
IN: I was a feminist since I was 4 I think and started questioning the girl boy binary. I write about domestic abuse, gender based violence, reproductive rights and much more. I love reviewing movies, songs and ads through a gender lens.
FII: What is your favourite piece on this site that you have written, and your favourite piece on this site that you have read? Why did they strike you?
IN: Favourite piece written is “50 Thoughts A Feminist Had While Watching Tiger Zinda Hai” because I had a lot of fun writing that. I read the piece on INCELS recently and it is very well researched though disturbing.
FII: What do you like to do when not writing about gender and social justice?
IN: Read and write a lot of poetry, do YouTube videos and hang out with my partner.
FII: What do you like about FII and our work? What more would you like to see from us?
IN: I love the democratic nature of contributions and the inclusivity it entails. I’d like to see more personal essays.
FII thanks Ishmeet Nagpal for being such a dedicated writer. We are very grateful to have her as part of FII writers’ community. She can be followed on Twitter.