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In this section, find articles, video, images, comics on body image issues and body positivity, women’s bodies and health and body humour.

Govt Thinks Women Need Sindoor More Than They Need Sanitary Napkins

The Government Thinks Women Need Sindoor More Than Sanitary Napkins | #ThePadEffect

The govt has declared sindoor, bangles and bindis as tax-exempt, however, sanitary napkins are still taxed at 12% under the new GST rules.
A still from ‘Le Clitoris’ by Lori Malépart-Traversy

Le Clitoris: Your Easy Guide To Befriending The Clitoris

Quite similar to our society, the talk surrounding sexual pleasure largely remains male-dominated. It is a lesser known but well-proven fact that the key to female orgasm is the clitoral stimulation, not so much the vaginal penetration or the G-spot, and Le Clitoris, the film explores just that!
Jamal Siddiqui : 7 Tips On How to Pass As Masculine For Trans Men

7 Tips On How to Pass As Masculine For Trans Men

Being a pre-operated trans man is exhausting. Here are few tips from my personal experience with which you can pass as a male and decrease your gender dysphoria.
Flying Solo: 5 Female Masturbation Techniques Worth Exploring

Flying Solo: 5 Female Masturbation Techniques Worth Exploring

Get to know the bumps and curves of your one unique body and see how she rewards you in return. Here are some masturbation techniques to help you along your journey.
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In Search Of The Mythical Concept Of Virginity

Virginity is a patriarchal social construct created to control women's sexualities. It doesn't even actually exist!
A Critical Analysis Of The Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2016

A Critical Analysis Of The Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2016

The recent proposed draft Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2016, passed by the Health Ministry, was cleared by the Union Cabinet on the 24th of August 2016; and is set to be introduced in the Parliament soon. Within a span of one week the draft bill received a severe backlash, being cited as discriminating and draconian.
Sikh Women And The Politics Of Hair

Sikh Women And The Politics Of Hair

Sikh women are policed by patriarchy for making choices about keeping or removing their hair. How does this work within the tradition?
Un-Fair And Not So Lovely: Capitalism And Colourism In India

Un-Fair And Not So Lovely: Capitalism And Colourism In India

The system of colourism intersects with the caste system and creates structures that creates an unequal footing for the darker skinned.

Saadat Hasan Manto And His ‘Scandalous’ Women

Manto's writings portray women as strong characters who have their own agency and hence fight patriarchal structures.
The Unhealthy Fixation With Virginity: Pre-Marital Sex, Hymen & Hymenoplasty

The Unhealthy Fixation With Virginity: Pre-Marital Sex, Hymen & Hymenoplasty

Pre-marital sex and the stigma around it influences women to undergo difficult surgeries like hymenoplasty so as to confirm to societal norms of virginity.

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Equal Play, Equal Pay: The Gendered Pay Gap In Indian Cricket

The society has somehow undermined the work done by women and cited this as a reason, along with others, to maintain a significant pay gap in the workspace, even in the domain of cricket.

Anuradha Koirala: The Woman Who Rescued More Than 12,000 Girls From Sex Trafficking

Anuradha Koirala has rescued 12,000 girls in her journey of 20 years. It is believed that 12,000 is the same number of girls and women trafficked to India each year.
10 Women With Disabilities Whose Achievements We Should Be Celebrating

10 Women With Disabilities Whose Achievements In 2018 We Should Be Celebrating

While both psychological and physical disabilities are stigmatised by society, here are ten women with disability who kicked ass in 2018.