April 20, 2013

Unequal Knowledge: pregnancy and discrimination

We all know that mothers and babies in India are dying. We have some of the highest rates of maternal and infant mortality in the world and tragically, a lot of it is preventable. Access to information is key. Quite simply, many women do not do the right things because they don’t know what they [...]

April 15, 2013

Post-marital names: to change or not to change?

Choosing to take on your husband’s name after marriage doesn’t bode well for a budding feminist, at least that’s the impression I get from the heated debates that have been criss-crossing the web diaries of feminist writers in the quarter that just went by. On the one hand, we have feminist debates that focus on [...]

April 06, 2013

On sexuality education: an interview with TARSHI

TARSHI (Talking about Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues) is a Delhi-based NGO that works on sexuality with an affirmative and rights-based approach. It runs an infoline on topics related to sexual and reproductive health, HIV, contraceptive choices, sexual and gender identities, violence, safety and pleasure. The organisation is also involved in training, advocacy and research. [...]

April 05, 2013

Engaging with the elephant in the room: need for a new vocabulary, spaces and dialogue

Scene 1 Neha jumps into the local along with two of her friends. Their chirpy banter fills the space. Her boyfriend is going to join them at the next station. She is beaming with eager anticipation about the day ahead. They are all going for a movie. The train halts. Enter Gaurav. After a brief [...]

April 04, 2013

Of Marriage and Mother-Daughter ties…

This is not a feminist post. This is just a post about a daughter juggling a phase of commotion, confusion and the hullabaloo called marriage. I had my marriage solemnised three times in three different ways. This is not a very uncommon practice in these days of intermarriages. Now, neither my husband nor I were [...]

April 02, 2013

Adolescents and the Production of Consent

(This piece engages with consent from another perspective from the one by S. Vinita and Sanjana Gaind reminding us just how complex and diverse these questions are.)   Raising the legal age from 16 to 18 for consensual sex, has been a major point of contention in the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013. The legal [...]

April 01, 2013

Yes, No, and Maybe – Reflections on ‘Practicing Consent’

By S. Vinita and Sanjana Gaind (This is the first of a series of posts written from the experiences at CREA of implementing a program called “Count Me IN! It’s My Body: Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Young Girls through Sports”. CREA is a feminist human rights organization based in Delhi (www.creaworld.org).) [...]

March 30, 2013

Sexuality Education: Possibilities for freedom from violence and inequality

(This article appeared first in Teacher Plus, 5 February 2013 under the title, “Sexuality education: why we need it”. We are cross-posting it here in the light of recent stories such as this one.)   Sexuality education has been a much contested issue the world over. People are divided over whether sex education should be [...]

March 28, 2013

Cycles of Abuse: Kamala breaks through – 3

(This is the third in a series of posts on domestic violence and maternal health. Read part 1 and part 2.) The fact that Kamala* was pregnant did not deter her husband from frequent violence. Her first trimester was rough. She had severe morning sickness and could hardly get out of bed. He refused to [...]

March 25, 2013

Dot, Not Feather: An American Desi in the Rocky Mountains

THEY CALL ME Indian. No, not that kind of Indian. Dot, not feather. This is the sort of thing a person of South Asian heritage gets used to being asked frequently in America. Insensitivity of those types of comments aside, there is certainly a lot one can hear about being Indian without knowing the reality, [...]

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