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.
This ecosystem of solidarity and collectivisation based on being able to help each other in creating more success not only helps the individual, but also stands in direct contrast to the toxic ecosystem of patriarchy – and challenges it.
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!
नारीवाद पर विश्वास करने वालों को अक्सर इस बहस का सामना करना पड़ता है कि जब ‘नारीवाद’ का मूलभाव समानता है तो इसे ‘मानवतावाद’ या फिर ‘समतावाद’ क्यों नहीं कहा जाता है|
As we celebrate the end of the momentous year that was 2017, here are some of the moments when women especially pushed back for equality that deserve a special mention and warrant special celebration because they made the year what it was - great for women.
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".
इन नारीवादी लेखिकाओं ने अपने लेखन के माध्यम से अपने-अपने देशकाल को ध्यान में रखकर नारीवाद की एक वृहत परिभाषा को गढ़ा, जो हमें नारीवाद को समझने में बेहद मददगार साबित होती है|
"Ghar mein maa-behen nahi hai kya?" has been a tome of men and women, especially when responding to street-harassment, for as long as I can remember.
The task of practising everyday feminism leads to performing exhausting emotional labour, something which feminists can’t really escape from.
Feminism is not a fight against men but a fight against the patriarchal system.Thus, it is important for men to be our allies as well.