The book Invisible Women is a highly significant and well researched book that highlights how most of the recorded human history is one big data gap, wherein the lives of men have been taken to represent those of humans overall.
when discussions happen around periods, the focus is often regarding its social, cultural and religious issues and its relation to the environment is rarely prioritised.
Slut shaming is a patriarchal tactic of stigmatizing or slandering women whose sexual conduct is perceived as falling out-of-line of the patriarchal script of sexual propriety, or so-called ‘virtuous’ femininity.
In my personal experience, we grew up hearing the words like ‘sick’, ‘ill’, ‘down’, ‘time of the month’ etc., commonly substituted secret codes for the word ‘periods’ or for referring to menstruation.
Due to the lack of awareness around sanitary or menstrual waste disposal and the absence of laws to force segregation, most women dispose of used sanitary napkins along with the rest of the domestic waste.
And after the Great Indian Lockdown due to Covid-19, which left thousands homeless and jobless, Working mothers fear for their incomes and jobs which had already been hanging by a thread in the past.
When the cluelessness of the man with respect to housework is normalised, the actual burden is thrust on the woman.
The reason behind increased social media movements against sexual harassment is fairly simple: the failure of institutional platforms has forced women to take up their causes elsewhere and in that social media comes as a relatively more accessible platform.
Trauma works in insidious ways. It can be a direct effect of calculated machinations centered on inflicting violence on a body with intentions to cause hurt.
Indian higher education system discourages women in STEM fields. The glaring lack of female representation is a result of gender discrimination, sexism and masculine culture.