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In this section find critical feminist analysis of pop culture in India and South Asia in the form of stories, images, videos, photos and reviews.

The Advertising World Hates Women Who Are Comfortable In Their Skin

The Advertising World Hates Women Who Are Comfortable In Their Skin

The advertising world feeds and profits on insecurity, especially that of women, the collateral damage it entails not being accounted for. Not only does it capitalizes on these insecurities, but adds to them by setting unrealistic beauty ideals to which we must conform or at least die trying.
Girl Gamers: Why Is GTA A 'Real' Game, But Candy Crush A 'Time Pass'?

Girl Gamers: Why Is GTA A ‘Real’ Game, But Candy Crush A ‘Time Pass’?

The gaming industry is a male-dominated space and when women try to make inroads, that space is threatened with repercussions like the Gamergate controversy of August 2014 which involved attacks on a woman game developer, Zoe Quinn. However despite such gender barriers, there will always be girls and mothers who choose gaming over other options.
An Open Letter In Response To Aditi Mittal’s Video On Bra Shopping

An Open Letter In Response To Aditi Mittal’s Video On Bra Shopping

A friend shared your video on bra shopping with me and he said it was hilarious. I watched it. And then, somewhere in the end, you made a joke on men groping women's breasts in crowded public places.
The Auratnaak Comedy Show: Pakistani Women Roast Patriarchy On Stage

The Auratnaak Comedy Show: Pakistani Women Roast Patriarchy On Stage

The Auratnaak comedy show attempted to explore the phenomena associated with patriarchy in the Pakistani society on a grass-root level.
Here's Why 'Zindagi Gulzar Hai' Is Not A Feminist Show

Here’s Why ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai’ Is Not A Feminist Show

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the women empowering serial- "Zindagi Gulzar hai"- a guide to middle class girls on how to achieve social mobility by remaining virginal and thus, marrying burger guys who can claim to deserve them after "being boys for most of their life".
Pakistani Designers Stir Controversy With New Campaign Glamourising Rape Culture

Pakistani Designers Stir Controversy With New Campaign Glamourising Rape Culture

Rape culture and street harassment are real problems faced by women in Pakistan on a daily basis. The solution to these problems is discussion about them on open platforms instead of trying to shroud the facts.

Indie Video Games, Women Gamers and Feminism

The discussions and debates regarding the nexus between the gaming industry and gender-related issues have been gaining popularity since some years now. Some of the most common issues being the ratio of women gamers to men gamers, the representation (or lack thereof) of women characters in games, the freedom (or not) to choose a protagonist as somebody other than a male, women game developers and so on.
Eight TV Shows For The Feminist In You

Eight TV Shows For The Feminist In You

With the summer holidays nigh, and the advent of Netflix in India, there is no time like the present to treat yourself to some feminist TV shows.
Gender Bender: How India Discovered Gender Role Reversal Through Pop Culture

Gender Bender: How India Discovered Gender Role Reversal Through Pop Culture

Before Bollywood sauntered on to the scene, India discovered gender reversal through ads, Facebook campaigns and web series.
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17 Ways Popular Media Like Television & Cinema Could Be More Gender-Sensitive

We have compiled a set of recommendations which the popular media could follow to make their content more gender-sensitive.

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The Hypocrisy Of Censorship: Lipstick Under My Burkha Vs Films By CBFC’s Nihalani

Lipstick Under My Burkha was banned for being displaying lady-oriented fantasies. Now is a good time to revisit the CBFC Chairman's films of yore.
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Meet Iqra Rasool: The Young Pace Bowler From Kashmir With Big Dreams

Iqra Rasool has defied society's opposition to being a sportswoman. This year she hopes to lead J&K in the nationals for the 5th time.
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6 Indian Muslim Feminists In History

These six Indian Muslim feminists believed in providing equal rights and representation to the women in India.