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#FIIMythbusting takes some of the most common myths about feminism, women, and other intersectional identities – like the LGBTQ+ community, the disabled community, the Dalit, Bahujan & Adivasi community, etc. This series takes all the casual sexism, casteism, Islamophobia, queerphobia and ableism, and tells you exactly why it is problematic!
#FIIMythbusting: Attributing rape to “uncontrollable lust” is one short step away from blaming victims for “arousing” such lust. Let’s see rape as what it is – a tool of patriarchy & caste/religious supremacy to assert dominance over vulnerable communities.
#FIIMythbusting: The government approved an ordinance that approves the death penalty for the rape of children under 12 following the outcry over the Kathua rape case. The ordinance has been criticized by child rights activists as well as senior lawyers and judges.
Considering that most cases of child rape occur at the hands of family members, the death penalty will make families more likely to cover up sexual crimes. Further, rapists might kill their victims to avoid getting caught, making the situation even more dangerous for children.
#FIIMythbusting: Let’s start treating depression and other mental illnesses as we would treat physical illnesses.
#FIIMythbusting: Virginity, as it is popularly understood, doesn’t really exist! It is a social construct, mostly used to control and regulate women’s sexualities.
#FIIMythbusting: Women’s choice of clothing is not a reflection of their character, and cannot be used as a convenient tool to blame victims of sexual assault.
#FIIMythbusting: Gender expression (the way you enact your gender) and sexual orientation (who you’re attracted to) are two entirely distinct entities. Let’s stop using people’s gender expressions to determine their sexual orientations.
#FIIMythBusting: This is one of the most common reasons behind sexual violence from intimate partners. Always take #consent before an act no matter how many times you’ve been together.
#FIIMythbusting: Let’s get your facts right on motherhood. Feminism is not against motherhood, and actively advocates for maternal rights. It merely asks that motherhood be seen as a choice and not an inevitability in a woman’s life.
#FIIMythbusting: Let’s remember that sexual health and contraception is important for people across the gender and sexuality spectrum!
#FIIMythbusting: Child sexual abuse is a traumatic experience for anyone who has gone through it. Let’s remember that male victims of child sexual abuse are often overlooked by society.
Data Source: Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. Study on Child Abuse: India 2007.
#FIIMythbusting: Let’s talk about the common belief that people with uterus can’t get pregnant when they have unprotected sex during their periods. Using protection is always the best option for sexually active individuals.