India’s Rape Laws – Are they rigid enough?

Rape is a controversial topic. Especially so in India, which has experienced several horrific and high profile cases in recent years. Such cases include that of a gang rape of a 23-year-old student on a public bus in Delhi in 2012. This case and subsequent ones prompted a revision of sections in Indian law that deal with rape and sexual …

Your Workplace – A man’s World?

“The Man’s World” and Workplace Sexual Harassment of Women go hand in hand!  James Brown, the renowned singer has sung – “This is a man’s world. But it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or a girl.” Going into a generic workplace, you will see men filling up most of the office space. Additionally, you will see most of the higher posts …

The Giant Problem of Sexual Assault in the Military

Sexual assault is a looming problem in the military and needs to be addressed! What are the first words that come to mind when you think of the military? Brave, patriotic, and honorable are all words that come to mind. Especially in military supportive countries like the United States. Two words that don’t often come to mind are sexual assault. …

Intersectionality – the need for acceptance and support

What is intersectionality? Put simply, it is a feminist sociological theory that centers around analyzing and discussing how oppression often intersects, creating unique and varied experiences of discrimination. It was originally created by a black feminist Kimberlé Crenshaw to refer to the discrimination faced by black women. This discrimination is not only sexism and racism but an experience in which …

What’s the Deal With Uniforms and Dress Codes?

Uniforms and Dress Codes Are an Excuse to Police Young Boys and Girls! As a school going kid, I’ve always wondered about the requirement of uniforms. Schools in India require students to wear uniforms specific to their assigned sex. Girls in my school were required to wear skirts, whereas boys were mandated to wear pants. I remember my principal emphasizing the …

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 …