Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Culture

In this section, find articles, book and film reviews, poems, photo-essays and art activism on Culture by Feminism in India.

Travelling With A Club Foot: Negotiations With My Disability

Travelling With Club Foot: Negotiations With My Disability

Travel is a luxury that I cannot handle easily. I was born with a disability called Talipes, or more commonly called as Club Foot.
Travel And Trouble: Why Girls Can't Have All The Fun

Travel And Trouble: Why Girls Can’t Have All The Fun

Travel, while liberating and empowering for women, comes with its own set of restrictions and tensions. Maybe that’s why we can’t envision Dil Chahta Hai with female characters, because we know that the experience won’t be the same for a group of women travelling together.
In Conversation With Niharika Singh: Caste, Representation And Feminism In Bollywood

In Conversation With Niharika Singh: Caste, Representation And Feminism In Bollywood

Jyotsna Siddharth interviewed Niharika Singh for Dalit Feminism Archive to discuss issues of caste, appropriation, representation and feminism in Bollywood.
Kashmir, My Home: In Conversation With Ahmed

Kashmir, My Home: In Conversation With Ahmed Dar

As media fills up with political debates, we continue to silence the voices of those directly affected who grieve for their home. FII talks to Ahmed Dar to learn about Kashmir—his home.
Film Review: Ankur Portrays The Intersections Of Caste, Class And Gender

Film Review: Ankur Portrays The Intersections Of Caste, Class And Gender

Shyam Benegal’s first feature film, Ankur, released in 1974 which also marked the debut of Anant Nag and Shabana Azmi disentangles the intricacies of caste, class and gender in both rural and urban settings in a really simplified yet enlightening way.
Sari: Turbulent Past, Trendy Present?

The Forgotten Stories Of Sari: Turbulent Past, Trendy Present?

In the millennial, Sari is marketed as a trendy and stylish outfit. It can be worn as a skirt, trouser, with denim jackets and aviator glasses. It is sported frequently by celebrities at international events.
Does Simply Having Women In The Lead Mean That A Film Is Feminist?

Does Simply Having Female Protagonists Mean That A Film Is Feminist?

Films like Game Over have given rise to a new trope in Hindi cinema—the faux feminist. For example, films like Pink or Dangal may have had more on-screen time for women, but they still promote patriarchal ideals with female characters exerting little or no agency.
Rekhti: The Lost Genre Of Urdu Feminist Poetry

Rekhti: The Lost Genre Of Urdu Feminist Poetry

Rekhti is characterised by having a female speaker, and having women, and erstwhile feminine lifestyles as its themes. Its settings, scenarios, subjects and objects were often those commonly encountered by women in their everyday life.
Film Review: Mukherjeedar Bou Evokes Conversations About Women's Sense Of Self

Film Review: Mukherjeedar Bou Evokes Conversations About Women’s Sense Of Self

Mukherjeedar Bou is about the loss of identity that women face when they marry. The change in name subsumes individual selves and is a precursor to squashed dreams and desires.
Feminists And The Kardashians: A Love-Hate Relationship

Feminists And The Kardashians: A Love-Hate Relationship

While I cannot dictate how the feminist in you should view them, here is a quick lay-down on the Kardashian-Jenner brand of feminism.

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Priyanka Chopra And The Problems With Gaslighting Women

Gaslighting: Priyanka Chopra And Her Not So Good Will

While the words and language used may vary, the goal of gaslighting is to undermine the target by portraying her as unreasonable, unreliable and inherently defective in mind as well as character/morality.
My Experience On Matrimonial Sites —The Cesspits Of Humanity

My Experience On Matrimonial Sites —The Cesspits Of Humanity

Now, as I fight a daily battle in the war against arranged marriage, I have realised that my parents’ standards for a husband for me are so much worse than mine. As a method of finding a life partner, I believe matrimonial sites are the cesspit of humanity.
My Reflections On The Freedom To Travel As A Queer Couple

My Reflections On The Freedom To Travel As A Queer Couple

And as a queer couple, we were engulfed by the fear of being met with displeasure or perhaps, even violence, if we were to be seen indulging in any form of physical affection.