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Comic: What Is Intersectional Feminism? | Feminism in India

Comic: What Is Intersectional Feminism?

Intersectional feminism includes everyone. It includes people of different body types, races, ethnicities, castes, religions, disabilities, genders and sexualities. There's nothing exclusive at all about feminism. It isn't feminism, if it isn't intersectional!
Slut Shaming and The Friend Zone: Two Sides of The Objectification Coin

Slut Shaming and The Friend Zone: Two Sides of The Objectification Coin

Slut-shaming and the friend zone are disturbing concepts: both reduce women to objects meant for sexual enjoyment on someone else's terms.
Language Matters

“It’s Only A Joke!” Language Matters, So Be A Buzzkill!

Language matters. "Free speech" comes at the cost of those that are struggling for acceptance in a hostile society. So, yes, be a buzzkill!
Self-Defense Is Not Always A Solution

The Problem With ‘Self-Defense’: Because Prevention Is Not Always Better Than Cure

We often forget while talking about self-defense, that there are so many out there who cannot defend themselves.
इन 8 आदतों से बन जाइये थोड़ी-सी फेमिनिस्ट

इन 8 आदतों से बन जाइये थोड़ी-सी ‘फेमिनिस्ट’

आपके साथ क्या कभी ऐसा हुआ है कि आपने महिला-अधिकारों या महिला-पुरुष समानता की बात की हो और आपके किसी दोस्त ने तुरंत कहा हो कि ‘ज्यादा फेमिनिस्ट मत बनो|’ पर समान अधिकारों की बात करने में कुछ भी गलत नहीं है| और अगर ऐसा करना आपको ‘फेमिनिस्ट’ बनाता है तो इसमें कुछ भी गलत नहीं है|
Intersectional Feminism 101: Why It’s Important And What We Must Remember

Intersectional Feminism 101: Why It’s Important And What We Must Remember

Intersectional feminism challenges the dominant idea of feminism which is overtly white/upper-class/upper-caste/ableist/cis heterosexual and which fails to take into account the marginalized standpoints.
Feminist Privilege

Custom Cuts: An Art Mini-Series About The Many Feminisms We Inhabit

Pia Alize Hararika and Malathi Jogi created Custom Cuts when they got tired of one too many pieces of unsolicited advice about "doing feminism right".
11 Seemingly Benign Words Re-explained In The Context Of Women

11 Seemingly Benign Words Re-explained In The Context Of Women

The most ordinary words, like 'night' and 'compromise' acquire a whole new meaning for women! 11 words re-explained for your understanding.
jokes

The Joke’s On You? Let Me Laugh: On Being A Feminist Killjoy

You may be minority in one sense and privileged in the other, and disapprove one kind of degradation while propagating some. That's where lies the need of constant introspection of one's location in the society. Because that controls what jokes we can take, what jokes we can't. And we don't take joke that's on us or someone we aspire to be.
feminist friendships

A Room of Women Who Love Each Other: Portraits of My Feminist Friendships

For more reasons than one, being a feminist can sometimes be a hard process. Whether it is dealing with gender stereotyping, casual misogyny, street harassment or even dealing with people who bristle at the very idea of male, caste-based or economic privilege. Some days, you feel particularly sad and broken at the thought that the path of progress is slow, and prone to so much slipping back. It is on these days, I imagine these women, all together in a room. That room is bright, airy and safe, and has enough light to power a thousand struggles, in multiple lifetimes.

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Her-sutism

Her-sutism: One Woman’s Comic Panel Normalizing PCOD

A. P. Payal started "Her-sutism" - a 34-panel comic to bust myths surrounding Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD).
hijab

The Hijab Unveiled: Three Theological Reasons That Led Me To Abandoning The Hijab

My faith in Allah led me to search for the truth behind the hijab. Here are three reasons why its customarily worn by many Muslim women.
Shah Bano Case

32 Years On: Revisiting The Shah Bano Judgement

32 years after the Shah Bano judgment was delivered, the triple talaq problem remains as contentious as ever. Revisiting the landmark case.