Without the "feminist" label attached to me, I was never stereotyped, which protected me from the harsh treatment of feminists in society.
This is something that resonates in most Indian households where procreation is sadly a commitment, with very few women especially those like us who belong to a socio-economic privileged group having a say in what we want to do with our bodies.
Why are casual relationships an unspeakable offense? Sex between consenting adults can be just as special as a monogamous relationship.
When you are conditioned to treat motherhood as the norm, the lines between conscious choice and subconscious conditioning blur.
As a trans man, I had felt a constant discomfort with my body during my entire childhood as I faced discrimination at both my home and school.
The author reflects upon making her way through the last of her twenties and looking forward to the decade that is to come.
The public space is for the public and that public consists of men and women; it is not a contested territory, affording more rights to one gender over another. When I walk in a city, I would like to walk with the knowledge that it is my own and that I can access any space I want. At the end of the day, I do not want to move around in circumscribed spaces, subjected to a spatial censorship.
If the word Purdah evokes in your minds, an image of fully clad women chained in the four walls under the Taliban regime, Iran or Saudi Arabia, then you are gravely wrong.
The incident that took place in IIT Kanpur was not regarding some drunken fight for slots or cheating, rather it was regarding something as basic as women's safety.
My stylist told me later how my boss would force him to get short clothes for me. He threatened him that he will be chucked out of his job if he did not get revealing clothes for me.