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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.

13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why: Unpacking Teenage Suicide, Sexual Violence And Mental Health

13 Why Reasons why initiates a conversation on teenage suicide and mental health, an important conversation which needs to be started.
Cartoon by Mario Miranda

The Cartoons Of Mario Miranda And The Art of Sexist Nostalgia

Mario Miranda's depiction of female characters, however, seemed to be hand in glove with staple Whatsapp forwards I come across regularly on family groups – portraying women as looks obsessed, poking fun at women whose bodies do not conform to beauty norms, and reproducing the stereotype of the bullying, money-burning, suspicious wife and the harassed, hard working husband.
#ThatsHarassment

Why You Should Be Watching #ThatsHarassment – The Video Series On Sexual Harassment

#ThatsHarassment is a series of 6 short films talking about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in everyday life – and they're brilliant.
Female Comedians: Aditi Mittal

India’s Female Comedians Are A Badass And Much-Needed Counter To Sexist Humour

One needs to direct less laughter at women and more by women. Female comedians introduce the woman's perspective in India's comedy arena.
Bigg Boss 10 poster

Bigg Boss Season 10 And Its Rampant Sexism

Bigg Boss 10 was a hotbed of body-shaming, slut-shaming, and objectification. Onscreen Misogyny has very real consequences on social psyche.
Manitary Pads: The New Video By Men Satirizing Mansplainingvideo

Manitary Pads: The New Video By Men Satirizing Mansplaining

These men created the perfect product - sanitary napkins for women created, produced and designed exclusively by men - manitary pads!
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.

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Medicines

Med-Me-Not: Why The Stigma Around Medicines For Mental Illness?

People, whether they have a mental illness or not, often tend to think of medicines as an absolute no-no. The answer, in fact, lies with you.
Disha Chaudhari

Meet Disha Chaudhari: FII’s Featured Writer Of April

Our featured writer for the month of April is DIsha Chaudhuri. Read about her best pieces and find out more about her in this interview!
It Took Me Years To Learn Oral Sex Isn't Terrible, Oral Rape Is

It Took Me Years To Learn Oral Sex Isn’t Terrible, Oral Rape Is

Took me years to peel off your words from my skin. Took me years to rub the roses off my eyes and see the red flags as they were. Took me years to learn oral sex isn't terrible, rape is. And that is what it was.