Vogue US Celebrated Diversity By Centring White Women

Vogue US Celebrated Diversity By Centring White Women

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This issue of Vogue US did give a nod to some international talent not usually in the American limelight. But the imagery of the cover is typical for an industry that consistently brands Eurocentric beauty standards.
Yami Gautam: The Fair Face Of A Dark Narrative

Yami Gautam: The Fair Face Of A Dark Narrative

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Yami Gautam is the poster child of fairness creams in India. Nikita, played by a tanned Bhumi Pednekar is a dark-skinned woman and Pari plays the societal binary. While representing the character, she took upon herself the burden to justify her role as the face of the highest-selling fairness cream brand.
North-East

The Assigned “North-East” Identity: Why India Is Not My Cup Of Tea

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I was really conscious of the ascribed North-East identity only when I left Shillong and arrived in Delhi.

The Confessions Of An Indian Queer ‘Chinki’

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I want queer Chinki people to reclaim their sexual selves and embrace the potential of queer love even if it is in a place where so many of us grew up hating ourselves.
Brown skin in a white country

The Irritations Of Having Brown Skin In A Western Country

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My brown skin is a source of endless fascination for the summer months. I am about as useful as a paint chart to my white friends.
Remembering Aretha Franklin: The Voice Of Black America

Remembering Aretha Franklin: The Voice Of Black America

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Aretha Franklin was perhaps one of the biggest giants of soul music and indeed of American pop music as a whole.
Serena Williams Vs Carlos Ramos: Why Are Emotions So Gendered?

Serena Williams Vs Carlos Ramos: Why Are Emotions So Gendered?

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Serena Williams' situation is very representative of how women are ‘punished’ for violating these behavioural norms.
The Problematic Representation Of Brown People In American Screens | Feminism In India

The Problematic Representation Of Brown People In American Screens

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What makes these shows with brown people leads difficult for me, is that every one of them vies for or ends up with a white individual.
racism

On Racism And How My Ladakhi Features Never Quite Fit The Indian Imagination

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My mongoloid features did not fit in anywhere in the homogenous-Hindu identity of India; not even in my own state of Jammu and Kashmir, and spurred many instances of racism.
Protest against the killing of a Northeastern woman

Living In Delhi As A Northeastern Woman: Do My Small Eyes Make Me Less...

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I'm a 21 year old Northeastern woman raised in Delhi. I've had to contend with racial slurs and stereotypes all my life.

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Housework And The Normalization Of The ‘Clueless Man’

Housework And The Normalization Of The ‘Clueless Man’

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When the cluelessness of the man with respect to housework is normalised, the actual burden is thrust on the woman.
Conversations With A Therapist On Mental Health During Lockdown

Conversations With A Therapist On Mental Health During Lockdown

While it seems like this lockdown seems to have offered us time, we perhaps need restructure our perspective; and try to look at the bigger picture.
Why Is Sex Or Sexuality Education In Indian Schools Still A Taboo?

Why Is Sex Or Sexuality Education In Indian Schools Still A Taboo?

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It has often been observed that there is lack of awareness not only with regard to ‘homosexuality’ but also ‘menstruation’. In spite of having discussions around teenage pregnancy, there is also a lack of awareness around safe sex.