Feminism | Posted by Rinzu Rajan on 02/13/2014
Why Women Are Still Expected To Be Domestic In India
A few weeks ago I was talking to a friend who is going to publish a novel next year. She is exuberant to have become a novelist and was excitedly telling me about the characters in her book. My heart swelled with pride when she told me that she plans to write a second novel, too, I remembered my own dreams of becoming a writer and my own abandoned manuscript. I asked her when she would write her second novel and she told me that she would do so during her first maternity leave, which left me befuddled. Am I the only aspiring writer who is still so torn about her life path? I might regret never becoming a mother, but if I turn my back on motherhood in favor …
Feminism | Posted by Aleka Raju on 02/8/2011
The Right to Learn
“Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end.?” – Rigoberta Manchu Tum.
Women are quite possibly the most disadvantaged section of the human population. With the onset of the 21st century, their status in society has improved, yet at the same time it remains far behind what the radical feminists envisaged during the feminist revolution.
I think to myself that even all the money in the world can’?t change men?’s attitude when it comes to allowing women and young girls the right to learn. As Indian society becomes more westernized, Indian girls are rebelling. However, their attempts are proving to be very futile because at the end of the day they’?re …
Feminism | Posted by Jaded16 on 04/29/2010
Being Indian AND A Feminist? Has The World As I Know It Come To An End?
I’m fairly new to this space called the “feminist blogosphere”. My blog is just shy of being six months old and has recently become a tad bit famous over the last month or so. With this e-fame (however brief or slight) comes a bigger responsibility : handling trolls who infest my space everyday. My troll-mail isn’t that different from most of your troll-mail (with the ever-charming photographs of their boners, neatly listed reasons why I suck and need to put my head in the oven, how my writing is so deeply unoriginal that it makes the troll cry etc you know the sort) However, one thing all my trolls point out is — how am I an Indian and a Feminist? Isn’t there a law or something against it? My …
Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 08/4/2009
Ms. Magazine’s Summer Issue
In the past month, the feminist blogosphere has been buzzing about the Summer issue of Ms. Magazine. For the content? No, the concern is about the imagery of the cover, and it’s depiction of a white woman juggling her white middle class problems in a Hindu deity’s pose.
As Mandy Van Deven over at Bitch Magazine online put it:
“It’s completely inappropriate to utilize Hindu iconography in this context, mocks the religion, and diffuses the imagery of its ‘true’ meaning. When a cultural or religious symbol is used for marketing purposes by cultural or religious outsiders that fail to convey respect for and understanding of the intricacies of that culture or religion, it is offensive. Westerners have a history of seeking to eradicate ‘Other’ cultures and religions in favor of …
Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 04/15/2009
The 50 Million Missing Campaign
For a few years now, I’ve been tracking the practice of female feticide in rural India. I’ve always been incredibly interested in Indian culture- I even speak a little bit of Hindi (not well) and follow the Indian feminist movement, which contrary to many people’s beliefs, is a strong one.
However, the problem of female feticide persists, and according to the UN this problem is getting worse.
Female feticide is the act of aborting female fetuses solely because of the culture’s adamant preference for boys. The most common reasons for this male preference are because of the high price of dowries and overall opinion that women are burdens. The fact that men can inherit property and carry on the family name only adds to the misogyny.
The act is illegal, …