I'm a 21 year old Northeastern woman raised in Delhi. I've had to contend with racial slurs and stereotypes all my life.
Patriarchy is afraid of a ‘little’ length. Whether it is short hair or short skirts, society always wants us women to keep it long. Too bad.
I realised while living abroad that feminism was not a white woman's privilege, and that is how I became a feminist.
I am Vedansh, a trans man. My partner Mahi has been with me through my coming out as a trans man & everything else. This is our love story.
Who even decided to confine women to the private sphere in the first place? Who decided it was a good idea to restrict women’s mobility and then justify it on the basis of "fear" or "safety"? These are important questions to ask because they shape the lives of many women in South Asia. Access to public spaces is the fundamental right of women and Girls on Bikes is doing a great job at fighting for that right and trying to change social attitudes towards women being in public spaces one pedal at a time!
All the brown women in me are tired. The one who is Indian, the fraud Indian, the never-good-enough Indian, the single Indian, the atheist traitor. I neither belong at home nor outside. I am tired of telling my stories again and again, not the stories about me but the ones about the Indian woman in me.
A visit to a local court for an affidavit led to my PhD being 'pissed upon' - how sexism colors the navigation of bureaucratic offices.
"Negotiating culture, motherhood and my own identity in a Western country is blinking hard work," says an Indian mother of a white daughter.
The issue is why are Bengali women’s eyes being exotified to sell their value to men so that they date us or find us sexy?
Feminist mothering is about recognising the barriers that women face such as gender assumptions, class and race issues.