Varisha Tariq is a recent undergraduate from Ashoka University and she likes reading about politics and deconstructing gender and patriarchy. She aspires to be a writer, business-owner, foreign diplomat and Prime Minister of India all at once although she is currently running an NGO in Lucknow, focused on the education and empowerment of women.
In the Indian imagination, an ‘Aunty’ is a middle-aged, usually fat woman who is married and has children. Young women, especially unmarried ones, either do not want to associate with the term or are expected to steer clear of it.
While internalised misogyny is pretty much the antithesis of feminism, it is, unfortunately, an obstacle that most feminists have to grapple with due to the inherently patriarchal structure of our world.