Lipstick under My Burkha: Review

“The lady oriented” film has arrived with all guns blazing, giving patriarchy and misogyny the red lipstick finger” Cast: Ratna Pathak, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aahana Kumra, Plabita Borthakur, Vikrant Massey, Sushant Singh, Shashank Arora, Vaibhav Tatwawaadi, Jagat Singh Solanki Movie Director: Alankrita Shrivastava Story: The movie dishes out in a frank manner the female desire and fantasy that runs like …

Casual Sexism and Item Bomb Milkshakes

From ‘Hot Fudge Bipasha’ To ‘Katrina’s Mango’, on this sexist menu, customers can choose from a list of “Item Bombs.”  In Hyderabad, the restaurant chain “Ohri’s Eatmor Coffee Shop” is synonymous with great food, drinks, and quirky decor. However, the Banjara Hills branch took sexism to another level when it decided to name milkshakes after Hollywood and Bollywood woman celebrities. The bizarre …

SDGs: Involve, Engage and Empower The Youth

“The future of humanity and of our planet lies in our hands. It lies also in the hands of today‘s younger generation who will pass the torch to future generations.”- UNDP The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also known as Global Goals are a new, universal set of goals, adopted by the UN member states to frame their agendas and political …

Are Reproductive Rights Solely a Woman’s Right?

Indian Women jeopardize their life to bear a disproportionate burden of exercising their reproductive rights. We live in a funny world where opinions metamorphose into politics, and politics into opinions. How does this merger happen you wonder? Facebook, Twitter, and seldom long-drawn WhatsApp forwards come to mind. Social media has nurtured everyone into an intellectual army – fiercely debating for the …

Child Sexual Abuse and Kidnapping: Anonymous Submission

*Trigger Warning* Topic: Child Sexual Abuse and Kidnapping  My Story I was born on January 8, 1980, in Readfield, Maine to J. and M. I was their first child and my sister was born in 1982. My parents never really got along very well and though they tried for my sister and me, they eventually separated in 1983, and their short …

Investments are guilt free shopping

It’s no secret, women like to shop! Over the years , I have heard many sexist remarks on shopping from men who feel their partner or sister or mother drags them from store to store to store. These regular comments have conditioned me to dislike the connotation of being a shopper -even if it’s for buying necessities. My conditioning is so …

The Truth Behind Stealthing

No means no at any time, even if consent was given at first! This video on twitter last week caught my eye. The video focused on “stealthing” and because I didn’t know what it was, I was curious to find out. My curiosity soon turned to disgust. According to a report recently published in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law ‘Stealthing’ …

Violence Faced By Indigenous Women and Girls

  Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls The United Nation’s Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign to End Violence against Women has made the 25th of every month #OrangeDay. Today’s #OrangeDay, April 25th, focuses specifically on Violence against Indigenous women and girls. Centuries of oppression of indigenous populations have set the stage for disadvantages that are intensified in indigenous people. We are failing our indigenous …

Violence Against Differently-Abled Women

Topic: Disability and Violence Against Women “Over 1 billion people worldwide experience a disability and, in the U.S. alone.” Orange Day is a monthly occurrence on the 25th of each month in 2017, designated by the U.N.’s UNiTE to End Violence Against Women campaign, to raise awareness about, and end, violence against women and girls. March 25th, was dedicated specifically to …

The Socialization of Slut-Shaming

  Topic: Slut Shaming Last week, I was scrolling through Netflix trying to find something other than The Office to watch, because somehow I always end up rewatching my favorite episodes. One show, in particular, caught my eye.  Netflix’s newest show, Thirteen Reasons Why, centers around a high school student named Hannah Baker’s suicide. She leaves cassette tapes behind explaining …