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Simmba Review: Can We Stop Using Rape As A Plot Device?

Simmba Review: Can We Stop Using Rape As A Plot Device?

In their efforts to provide a great potboiler with a relevant social message, Simmba is turned into any other rape-revenge drama.
Book Review: What We Talk About When We Talk about Rape By Sohaila Abdulali

Book Review: What We Talk About When We Talk about Rape By Sohaila Abdulali

In her book 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape', Sohaila Abdulali chronicles the stories of rape survivors from across the globe sensitively, relying on personal emails, published reports, and interactions with those working to help survivors.
Dr Seema Rao: India’s First And Only Woman Commando Trainer

Dr Seema Rao: India’s First And Only Woman Commando Trainer

Dr. Seema Rao has specialised in closed quarter battle (CBQ) and has trained various armed forces for 20 years. She is rightly known as India’s Wonder Woman.
Why Tumblr's Ban On Adult Content Is A Huge Step Back For Sex Positivity

Why Tumblr’s Ban On Adult Content Is A Huge Step Back For Sex Positivity

On the 17th of December 2018, Tumblr’s community guidelines were altered and it was stated that they wish to “change their relationship” with adult content posted on the website.
Dor: A Tale Of Women Reclaiming Autonomy

Dor: A Tale Of Women Reclaiming Autonomy

Dor at its very core is a film about two lives intertwined by a single incident, that hold these two lives at opposite ends.
The New Voices: Empowered Women In Bollywood of 2018

The New Voices: Empowered Women In Bollywood of 2018

What is incredibly heartening is the depiction of women, and men, in commercial Bollywood cinema that is moving away from gender binaries fed to us for so long.
15 Feminist Films We Loved In 2018

15 Feminist Films We Loved In 2018

Wrapping the year up with some feminist films to feel good about 2018, here are some picks from various regional languages to catch up on before the year ends.
15 Books By Indian Women Writers That You Loved In 2018

15 Books By Indian Women Writers That You Loved In 2018

2018 was a bang on year as Indian women writers wrote fabulous and daring works ranging from science fiction to subversive historical narratives.
Salty About Rajma Chawal: A Critical Review

Salty About Rajma Chawal: A Critical Review

The plot of Rajma Chawal is painful, if not pathetic. The story, undoubtedly has an offensive, misogynist and sexist sense of humour.
Lux Golden Rose Awards 2018: How Bollywood Used Subtle Sexism To Promote HeForShe

Lux Golden Rose Awards 2018: How Bollywood Used Subtle Sexism To Promote HeForShe

The only part of the HeForShe campaign the Lux Golden Rose Awards seem to have focused on is accentuating men’s role, while eliminating the cause completely.

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10 Feminist Songs To Listen To When The Patriarchy Has Got You Down

Gather round, feminists! It's exhausting work raging against The Man, so how about you play these feminist songs for a musical pick-me-up?
Dear Straight People, Stop Teaching Me How To Be Queer

Dear Straight People, Stop Teaching Me How To Be Queer

There are several competent queer writers and it’s only logical that The Hindu invite and give a platform to them, instead of letting more straight people teach me how to be queer.
How Gillette Made Me Revisit The Toxic Masculinity In My Past

How Gillette Made Me Revisit The Toxic Masculinity In My Past

The content of the Gillette ad hit closer to home than I was comfortable with. My imagination drew parallels between the video and my own life, and I felt repressed old memories stirring in the darkness of my mind.