Who even decided to confine women to the private sphere in the first place? Who decided it was a good idea to restrict women’s mobility and then justify it on the basis of "fear" or "safety"? These are important questions to ask because they shape the lives of many women in South Asia. Access to public spaces is the fundamental right of women and Girls on Bikes is doing a great job at fighting for that right and trying to change social attitudes towards women being in public spaces one pedal at a time!
All the brown women in me are tired. The one who is Indian, the fraud Indian, the never-good-enough Indian, the single Indian, the atheist traitor. I neither belong at home nor outside. I am tired of telling my stories again and again, not the stories about me but the ones about the Indian woman in me.
A visit to a local court for an affidavit led to my PhD being 'pissed upon' - how sexism colors the navigation of bureaucratic offices.
"Negotiating culture, motherhood and my own identity in a Western country is blinking hard work," says an Indian mother of a white daughter.
The issue is why are Bengali women’s eyes being exotified to sell their value to men so that they date us or find us sexy?
Feminist mothering is about recognising the barriers that women face such as gender assumptions, class and race issues.
How were women historically confined to the private, domestic space in a Haveli in an Indian cultural and sociological context?
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.
Vyjayanti, a trans woman, stepped into her school after 20 years as a speaker at the Hyderabad Literary Festival. She narrates how she was bullied, raped and tortured at school.
"Where Was Your Pepper Spray?" “You were even dressed decently!”