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The Burden of Beauty: Female Nerds in Pop Culture Are Still Not Free
Culture
Imagine a story in which a woman's appearance is irrelevant to her intelligence. Perhaps, she would still be desired and considered beautiful—albeit unconventionally—like Benedict Cumberbatch.
Where To Start With bell hooks
bell hooks
Never read bell hooks? Want to re-read her? Here's a book list for you.
Being Asexual in a Country Where Sex Is Taboo
Sexuality
India’s culture of sexual repression creates discomfort around sex, so how does someone determine whether one is really asexual or if the aversion to sex is nothing but sexual repression?
Breast Cancer Is a Health Crisis, Not a Cosmetic Crisis
Breast Cancer
Mastectomy is about survival not about an assault on "two-breasted femininity".
Of Breasts and Body Politics
Body Politics
There’s something inherently perverse about how the patriarchy thinks about breasts. While it freely sexualizes and glorifies women’s breasts in a toxic bacchanalia of misogyny, women themselves aren’t free to do the same. Female desire, after all, is at the margins of India’s popular culture.
How to Master the Art of Flâneuring
Satire
It's independence day today. How free are we really? To just loiter? Just saunter about in the streets freely? A very unhelpful, if not damaging, guide for women wanting to be flâneuses.
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.
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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 False Dawns of Feminist Futures. Why Electing Women Leaders Won't Save Us
Opinion
When deployed in a cynical, self-serving or naïvely well-intentioned way, identity politics devolves into tokenism where the individual takes precedence over the multitude and mass movements are eschewed for the soaring but empty rhetoric of hope and change.
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