Friday, July 10, 2020
Intersectional Feminism—Desi Style!

How Privacy Mores Impinge On The Reproductive Health Of Indian Women

Privacy, in its essence, entails protection from intrusion. It also includes the right to bodily integrity, which derives controversies from cultural influences. A good example of that is, abortion and the legal mores that define the termination of pregnancies. It also extends to the right to privacy in public spaces, the ambit of which may differ significantly with the country in question.

The Real-Time Effects Of Reel-Time Representation

There is a glaring under representation or rather, lack of representation of plus-sized female bodies in Indian popular culture. Big-screen movies aside, even OTT platforms are yet to embrace a more inclusive framework that represents women who do not fit into the outdated ‘beauty’ standards.

‘Baap Ko Mat Sikha’ — How Ramayana Reflects The Transgenerational Trauma Within Indian Families

The answer to all these aforementioned questions boils down to one word — patriarchy, or ‘purush pradhan samaj’ — meaning male-dominated society in the Ramayana. But the problem doesn’t end here. Such an arrangement in Ramayana put numerous people in trauma

Axone: The Problematic Representation Of The Nepali Community In The Film

Dear makers of Axone, Nepali women need not be othered from empowerment. Axone betrays a decent portrayal of a Nepali character even when Upasana centres the maximum screen presence throughout the film.

As An African Man In India, I Am Guilty Of Silently Hiding Behind A Smile

I am guilty of my silence. When my friends and acquaintances (who are not black) would dare usher the word, I would often myself refraining from responding, because for the longest while, I did not feel like being the spokesperson for all black people.

History

A Celebration Of Womanhood And Periods: Raja Parba And Ambubachi Mela

While menstruation has long been considered a taboo topic in India, ancient Hindu traditions recognise women as a representation of Mother Earth. In certain parts of the country, menses is equated with the ritual of regeneration and fertility, and is thus celebrated. Sahapedia looks at two such festivals—Raja Parba in Odisha and Ambubachi Mela in Assam.

Remembering Santosh Nirash: Sikkim’s First Woman Journalist Who Feared Nothing

Santosh Nirash, lovingly known as mata ji, was 92 when she passed away on June 10 this year after a prolonged illness. Her daughter Nita Nirash remembers her as fierce and relentless in everything she did.

How Privacy Mores Impinge On The Reproductive Health Of Indian Women

Privacy, in its essence, entails protection from intrusion. It also includes the right to bodily integrity, which derives controversies from cultural influences. A good example of that is, abortion and the legal mores that define the termination of pregnancies. It also extends to the right to privacy in public spaces, the ambit of which may differ significantly with the country in question.

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Axone: The Problematic Representation Of The Nepali Community In The Film

Dear makers of Axone, Nepali women need not be othered from empowerment. Axone betrays a decent portrayal of a Nepali character even when Upasana centres the maximum screen presence throughout the film.

As An African Man In India, I Am Guilty Of Silently Hiding Behind A Smile

I am guilty of my silence. When my friends and acquaintances (who are not black) would dare usher the word, I would often myself refraining from responding, because for the longest while, I did not feel like being the spokesperson for all black people.

How I Became A ‘Man’ During Lockdown!

Even though I am a freelancer and work mostly from home, I have never been as relaxed in my body as I have been during the lockdown.

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Why Feminism Should Also Make Space For Conversations Around Why #IAmNotAFeminist

Our mothers (who call themselves much more progressive than their parents) asking us to follow our dreams only after we have made sure our husbands and in-laws are satisfied with our services – everyone want to have a piece of the cake that is feminism and eat it too.

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How Benevolent Sexism Pitches Women Against Each Other

Benevolent sexism glorifies women’s conformance to patriarchal construction of femininity and eulogizes women for being non-assertive, non-confrontational, non-argumentative, compromising beings

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Swapna Suresh: When Women Become Prime Suspects, Media Trials And Objectification Follow

Sarith Kumar, who had worked as a PRO with the UAE Consulate was arrested in connection to the gold smuggling case the same day. He named a woman Swapna Suresh as an accomplice. Swapna, who has been absconding ever since, submitted a petition and moved the high court for anticipatory bail stating that she was being falsely implicated.

Infographic: How To Sensitively Report Suicide

Here’s a guide on how the media can be more sensitive and ethical while reporting suicide and mental health issues.

Of Unethical And Patriarchal Journalism In The Time Of COVID Pandemic

A popular newspaper, in an attempt to run a story on COVID warriors, had tampered with the provided information, to come up with a completely different story.

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Why We Need To Rethink Our ‘Criticism’ Of BTS And K-Pop

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