Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Girls on Bikes on the streets of Lahore, Pakistan

Girls On Bikes: Cycling In Lahore In Protest And Celebration

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

All The Brown Women In Me Are Tired

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.
Bankshall Court

How I Met a Lawyer Who Wanted To Piss On My PhD

A visit to a local court for an affidavit led to my PhD being 'pissed upon' - how sexism colors the navigation of bureaucratic offices.
Being An Indian Mother In A Western Country Is Hard Work

Being An Indian Mother In A Western Country Is Hard Work

"Negotiating culture, motherhood and my own identity in a Western country is blinking hard work," says an Indian mother of a white daughter.
Problems With Fetishizing Bengali Women

Problems With Fetishizing Bengali Women

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?
Being A Feminist Mother Is A Liberating Experience

Being A Feminist Mother Is A Liberating Experience

Feminist mothering is about recognising the barriers that women face such as gender assumptions, class and race issues.
Navigating And Re-writing The Gendered Space In A Haveli

Navigating And Re-writing The Gendered Space In A Haveli

How were women historically confined to the private, domestic space in a Haveli in an Indian cultural and sociological context?
The Right to Walk: Women in Public Spaces

The Right to Walk: Women in Public Spaces

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.

Bullied, Stripped and Raped: What A Trans Woman Suffered At Her School

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.
rhea mahanta pepper spray

Where Was Your Pepper Spray? [Slam Poem]

"Where Was Your Pepper Spray?" “You were even dressed decently!”

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These Are The 15 Women Who Helped Draft The Indian Constitution/इन 15 महिलाओं ने भारतीय संविधान बनाने में दिया था अपना योगदान

These Are The 15 Women Who Helped Draft The Indian Constitution

On this Republic Day, let us take a look at the fifteen powerful women who helped draft the Indian Constitution.
A Playlist For Anyone Who Wants To Celebrate A Good Or Bad Day

A Playlist For Anyone Who Wants To Celebrate A Good Or Bad Day

This playlist is just a personally curated list of songs that I like to listen to on a particularly bad day or just to feel good. I hope you find a song, or better if a song finds you.

Mahasweta Devi’s Draupadi As A Symbol Of Subaltern Defiance

In Draupadi, Devi presents a strong woman who despite being marginalised and exploited, transgresses conventional sexual and societal standards.