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27 posts
Cultural Narratives Are Botching Up Trans Portrayals and Hurting Trans Communities
Trans Rights
To maintain cis-heteronormativity, popular cultural narratives, especially in the entertainment and sports industry, harm the trans community by ridiculing and appropriating transness.
6 min read
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It’s Time to Ditch the Thin Ideal
Body Image
The conventional female lead we get to see—no matter how quirky the character, no matter how different, intelligent, brave, strong, or “badass”—is almost always skinny.
5 min read
Gender Neutral Pronouns: A Guide
Gender
A guide to using gender neutral pronouns.
Bharatanatyam: The Choreography of a Brahmanical Past
Culture
How hereditary dancers’ communities were shamed and “rescued” by a Brahmanical morality that could not accommodate women whose sexuality transgressed the norms.
10 min read
Why We Need to Centre Queer People for Whom Pride Is Neither a Celebration nor Rebellion
LGBTQIA+
The casteism and cis privilege reflected in mainstream media are, sadly, very much a part of the Indian LGBTQ+ community itself—a space that is supposed to be for “everyone”.
Why Gandhi Is No Longer Relevant for Many Indians
Opinion
Why is Gandhi, a leader who could mobilise millions so effectively once, becoming increasingly irrelevant for a majority of India’s population?
Therapy Tuesday
Podcast
Therapy Tuesday is a fortnightly podcast for people looking to have conversations about mental health from a feminist perspective.
#MeToo in Chennai Schools: The Big Red Flag We Shouldn't Ignore
Child Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse robs children of their childhood and has a “devastating, irreversible impact” on their well-being. But the conversation around child rights has only gained momentum in India the past few decades.
5 min read
The Body Positive Movement Has a Lot Left to Learn from Trans Folx
Trans Rights
In a cis-normative world, dysphoria is often perceived as body negativity and trans persons’ desire to physically transition is often incorrectly viewed as a patriarchal aspiration.
Five Films and Series That Portray the Reality of Mental Health Challenges
Culture
The entertainment industry has a long way to go when it comes to depicting mental illnesses in a manner that doesn’t perpetuate stigma. However, a recent spurt of shows and films seem to have kick-started some nuanced and healthy conversations.
The Curious Case of Cervical Cancer
Health
Cervical cancer is the fourth most commonly occurring cancer. In India, it is one of the leading cancers affecting women. The irony is that it is also one of the two types of serious cancers that can be prevented with a vaccine—so why don't people know about this?
The Other Side of Cancel Culture
Social Media
The dependence of social media activism on virality creates a hierarchy of outrage. In this hierarchy, each cause is given weightage based on its value as a viral commodity. So who gets saved?
Should All Indian Women Get Wages for Domestic Work?
Women's Rights
The provision of wages for homemakers could recognise them as informal workers, and by extension, offer social security.
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