January 23, 2014

On Feminism, Diaspora, and Giving Back: An Interview with Amar Rao

AMAR RAO IS an intrepid Silicon Valley entrepreneur, whose specialty is the high technology sector. He currently heads marketing, sales, and business development for a start-up company. Additionally, he is the San Francisco Bay Area chapter head of Pratham USA, the American arm of the Indian education […]

September 24, 2013

Event Announcement: Panel Discussion

          Reclaiming Rights: Challenging Gender-based Violence in South Asia Date and time: Wednesday, September 25, 2013; 6 to 8 pm Venue: International Development Exchange (IDEX), 333 Valencia St., Suite 250, San Francisco About the event: The Delhi and Mumbai gangrapes have garnered critical public attention, outrage, and mobilising in India […]

September 16, 2013

We Shall Overcome

  THE RAPE OF THE 23-year old medical student, Ms. Jyoti Singh Pandey, in New Delhi in December 2012 outraged many around the world. Sadly, for those of us with ties to India, this crime, as horrific and shocking as it was, did not come as a complete surprise. More recently, the same act was […]

April 30, 2013

Woohoo, Jazz Hands Everyone!

[Editor’s Note: Continuing with our Feminism & Humor series, here is the first of what we hope will be Lavanya Karthik’s many comic strips for Ultra Violet. This was first published in the DNA, Bangalore, and can also be viewed on the cartoonist’s website. Feminism and the funnies are not mutually exclusive. Come laugh with […]

January 17, 2013

Am I a Feminist?

[Editor’s note: This piece is the first of a series on Feminism & Humor that we look forward to sharing with you on Ultra Violet. Enjoy!–Dilnavaz Bamboat] I GREW UP IN India, as the only child of parents who did not expect me to observe any of the socially accepted behaviors for women. My parents […]

October 13, 2012

Event Announcement: Lecture

Paternalistic Politics and Feminine Fates: The Legacies of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi and Begum Hazrat Mahal of Oudh Date & Time: Sunday, October 14, 2012, 2:00pm Venue: India Community Center 525, Los Coches St., Milpitas, CA, U.S.A. About the event: This is a lecture hosted by the India Community Center. Laxmibai of Jhansi and […]

August 04, 2008

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EVER SINCE WE Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements, started Ultra Violet, we’ve had like-minded folks visiting us, identifying themselves as feminists, supporting the cause, sharing, questioning, and playing devil’s advocate. Which is when it occurred to me that there are so many of you out there who have a point of view but not necessarily the space to air it, who may, like the 11 of us contributing to this blog, say you’re a feminist but who in the world will hear it. Rant and they label you crazy, explain and you’re blue in the face, speak and you can see the shutters slam. But us, we’ll listen. Stand up and say it. UV wants to know your story.

So I shot out an initial e-mail, wondering what an Indian feminist looks like, and here are the results:

16 people of Indian origin, from 4 continents and 10 cities [Update: We're now at 22 people and 12 cities], actively wanting the world to know about their belief in feminism and what it means to them, Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements. ‘Regular’ men and women, with families and day jobs. Hover your cursor over their pictures to know more about them and read their views below. So many had so much more to say, but we had to pare it down to keep the post from running into several pages.

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Want to join in. You can be part of this too. Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements, Send in your picture (preferably a mug shot) with your name, age, occupation and location, along with a 2-liner about your take on feminism, to: ultraviolet.editor@gmail.com

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Standing up & saying it:

In an ideal world, Feminism wouldn’t exist. And all feminists should work towards that ideal state when a woman won’t have to depend on legal intervention or resort to bra-burning to get her proportionate share of this world.
~Abhishek Vanamali, 31, Marketing & IT Professional, Mumbai

I've been a feminist for a long time -- since before I knew what the word meant. My parents had a huge role to play in my understanding of gender roles because they refused to subscribe to or support more conventional notions. Having grown up in a family where people were free to define themselves as people, not as male and female, I always find it odd when people do the latter, Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements. Being married to a feminist also brings a different perspective to the systemic ideas of gender structures.

~Aditya Sengupta, 29, IT Professional, BangaloreI'm a feminist because equality is a universal aspiration and I believe in doing my share to bring it about.

~Amrita Rajan, 27, Writer, New York

Along the way, many a times, Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements us, we had heart-burns but we did not burn those sexy bras. We simply stood our ground, tolerated when we could, ranted when we could not, loved foolishly and hated when spurned. Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements, For those of us who found the going too tough, we walked out, hearts bleeding but the spirit intact, all ready to start afresh.
~Batull Tavawala, 44, Corporate Social Responsibility Professional, Mumbai

Some people around think I should call myself a "humanist" or at least, not a feminist “because you love men and talk about the repercussions of a patriarchal society on men's lives too.” Yes, I love men. And I care deeply about the different ways in which conditioning has been robbing men and women of various freedoms.
~Chandni Parekh, 25, Psychologist and Sexuality Educator, Mumbai

I am a feminist because I like making my own choices and because it showed me we are not "born" anything, Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements usa, we "become" and are "made" everything. Feminism helped me cut past the noise of propaganda. Also, I love the devil horns and hairy legs they gave me at the Feminist licensing center, Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements.
~Gitika Talwar, 26, Graduate Student, Baltimore

As someone who stands in the intersection of several languages, cultures, and faiths, I have come to realize that personality differences matter more than biological sex, and that gender roles are simply another way by which people limit and make excuses for themselves.

~Heina Dadabhoy, 20, Student, California

I'm a woman. I am a human being. I want the rights, responsibilities, respect and consideration that are due a human being in all spheres of life, Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements paypal. Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements, Until I get that, I'll be calling myself a feminist.

~Iona Sharma, 21, student lawyer, Oxford, UK.

For me feminism is about discarding the boxes that we like putting people in. It's for youth organizations, women, street children, school children, governments, men who don't know what they feel about it, transgender communities and housewives, contradictory to popular belief. It's about creating equity, internalizing equality and the understanding that individuals are powerful enough to deserve recognition just for who they are.
~Ishita Chaudhry, 23, Managing Trustee, New Delhi

I believe 'feminist' means anyone who believes that women are systematically oppressed and seek to end that oppression - so that makes me a feminist too, Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements. 20mg Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements, I believe patriarchy as an institution was born with the birth of class society and can be ended only with the end of class society; equally, the struggle for the end of class society is impossible without the struggle against gendered oppression.

~Kavita Krishnan, 35, Political & Gender Activist, Delhi

I dream of a day when we need not talk about feminism. Yes, I dream of a day when every human being is equal. Let's continue to prove ourselves by our actions that we are as strong as the men.

~Latha Vanamali, 54, Teacher & Instructional Designer, Mumbai

I have been a wholehearted feminist since infancy because my heart always goes out to the underdog, the wronged person, the oppressed minority or simply those who do not realize the power they possess. Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements, The present generation of young women possess a very sanguine outlook of life, and I would stand up side by side with them on numerous issues that need to be tackled right now... there is still a mountain of injustice and wrong-doing that is destroying womankind all over the world, every single moment.

~Mushtaque Ali Khan Babi, 59, Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements australia, Metallurgist & Plasma Technologist, Pune

I believe that being a feminist does not mean the emasculation of mankind, that our differences make us complementary and life exciting. At the risk of sounding old fashioned, the fact that some women see men as mere sperm vessels grates with me: where are the emotional bonds.
~ Leena Beejadhur, 34, Human Capital Consultant, London

The strength of feminism lies in the fact that feminism would exist even if you didn’t have to articulate it in those very words. I do believe that when a girl/woman is told, “you should because you’re a girl/woman” as a legitimate reason for her to make compromises or resort to certain actions, that is where feminism originates in lives of women, that is how I came to be a feminist, Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements.
~Pooja Palicha, 22, Student, Mumbai & Delhi

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I think it is the confidence of knowing and believing that you are no lesser than anybody.

~Revathi Panicker, 24, Student, Brisbane

I view feminism as a particular world view that allows all the variables (race, class, gender, ethnicity, class, culture, etc.) that make up a person's identity to be understood within a dialectical framework, each identity variable feeding off of each other and feeding into each other, rather than as autonomous and mutually exclusive components.

~Roksana Badruddoja, Assistant Professor, Fresno

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I am a feminist -- I believe women are equal to men and deserve access to all the opportunities, choices and fun that is available out there.
~Sameera Khan, 39, Researcher, Journalist, Mom, Mumbai

I think I have been a feminist since the age of 5, ever since I could understand things. My father would be away for months for work and my mom would take care of everything. In the years that followed, I met women who were independent, intelligent, level-headed and great conversationalists and I had no reason to believe in the superiority of men. Feminism is the middle path, 100mg Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements, the path where one accepts that both the genders are equal. I completely subscribe to it, Dangers Of Cipro And Supplements.
~Sheece Baghdadi, 30, Tech Writer, Pune

It bothers me, even if only on the level of form, that one manifestation gets to be the norm and others are considered plain aberrations of it. This goes for women, gay people, minorities, animals...I know it sounds ethereal, but why can't we all just 'be'. Why do we have to be slotted and compartmentalized. If I am a feminist, then what feminism represents to me is a goal in time when the word won't be necessary anymore.
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I believe feminism as an ideology has a different meaning in today's era. It is no longer "me against you", no longer "naari atyaachar band karo", but more of a sitting down together at the table and explaining where things have gone wrong and how we need to rectify them, and whenever I see my friends doing that, I feel like supporting them.

~Varun Alagati, 25, Post Graduate Student, Mumbai

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July 07, 2008

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Diflucan Tablet, Ammu Joseph writes about contemporary feminism in India. Originally published in VERVE (http://www.verveonline.com/), Volume 16, Issue 6, June, 2008

“You wonder why I say I’m feminist

Don’t I know that’s out of style?

Don’t I see when people don’t challenge me

Just shake their heads and smile?

You wonder why I say I am feminist

And what it really means.

Don’t I get fed up all the time

Of having to defend my dreams?”

Gabrielle Jamela Hosein<!--[if !supportFootnotes]-->[1]<!--[endif]-->


‘Defending our Dreams,’ a fascinating collection of essays by young feminists from a dozen countries (including a man), grew out of the cross-continental friendship established by the three young women editors of the book after they met at an international conference on gender justice in South Africa in 1998.

That was, ironically, the year the US edition of Time published a provocative cover asking ‘Is Feminism Dead?’ and placing the fictional television character, Ally McBeal, next to real-life activist-icons Susan B. Anthony, 1000mg Diflucan Tablet, Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem. Not surprisingly, both the cover and the stories inside kicked up a minor storm among American women. Commenting on the controversy, Janelle Brown then wrote in Salon, “If nothing else, the rapid responses prove that feminism isn’t dead – it’s just changing.”

The ongoing change is evident in India, too. Take, for example, Ultra Violet, a blog initiated last year by young feminists across the country wishing to express themselves on a wide range of “issues, challenges, Diflucan Tablet ebay, and triumphs” relating to women today. According to them, “Ultra Violet provides a place to explore and understand the ways in which young women in India are challenging, negotiating and transforming unequal power structures. It is also a space to celebrate women’s histories, wisdom, creativity, laughter and love for life.”

The feisty young women make it very clear that theirs is a feminist blog and not “just another space for women.”  “Feminism is a much misunderstood and maligned word,” they explain. “Over the years, its true meaning — the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of sexual equality — has been distorted and defiled by many. This blog is both a reclaiming of the term and a clarification of what it means to us, today.”

The fact that women coming of age in the new millennium wish to reclaim feminism and make it their own is, I think, a fairly clear sign that it is alive, kicking and, more importantly, evolving. It certainly contradicts the common assumption that young women have no time or use for feminism.

A surprisingly significant number directly and effectively challenge the popular notion that feminism is passé. Many more – including those who may not specifically identify themselves as feminist -- make use of the innumerable, innovative ideas and terms introduced to the world by feminist thinkers and activists, not to mention the laws, policies and practices that have come into being thanks to over three decades of feminist activism, both within the country and across the globe. As novelist Shashi Deshpande says, it is heartening that the younger generation is working things out in practice even if the majority lack a real understanding of the movement that has made it all possible.

In their introduction to ‘Defending our Dreams’ the editors observe, “Young women today do face different realities from those faced by previous generations, while at the same time benefiting from the gains of earlier feminist struggles. In this new global order, feminism provides a critical framework, a political lens, through which to analyse and develop visions and strategies for a just world… As an ideology and a movement, feminism offers solidarity, commitment rights, understanding of power as personal and systemic, and a willingness to challenge an inequitable status quo.”

So much for the “post-feminist age” apparently inaugurated by The New York Times magazine in 1982 with a story headlined ‘Voices from the Post-Feminist Generation.’ As American communications professor Susan J, Diflucan Tablet. Douglas put it in a 2002 article, the perpetuation of the post-feminism myth requires the constant, consistent manufacturing of consent by a huge and highly successful industry she christened Postfeminism Inc.!

Men constitute another group assumed to be understandably opposed to feminism, especially since popular misrepresentations of feminism have traditionally cast the male of the species in stereotypical roles as villains or victims. But a growing constituency of men has obviously seen through the “battle of the sexes” hoax. It is worth noting that several men were quick to post welcoming comments on Ultra Violet.

Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA), 150mg Diflucan Tablet, a Mumbai-based organisation, envisions a gender-just society and works towards eliminating gender-based violence against women. Of course it tends to get less media attention than several other groups across the country supposedly set up to protect men from the alleged misuse of laws meant to deal with violence against women. Last year MAVA launched a book titled ‘Breaking the Moulds: Indian men look at patriarchy looking at men,’ a pioneering attempt to understand the shaping of multiple masculinities in the Indian context. Jointly produced with Pune-based Purush Uvach (Men Speak), the publication is expected to serve as a primer for the newly emerging field of men’s studies.

Interestingly, this growing academic discipline owes its origins to feminism. According to American academic Steve Craig, “Men’s studies represents the collective work of scholars from many disciplines who have found the concepts and insights of feminist theory useful in the exploration of male gendering… Men’s studies is clearly the offspring of not only feminist theory, but also the social awareness brought on by the women’s movement. As a result, men’s studies is largely pro-feminist in its approach.”

Michael S. Kimmel, editor of the Sage series on Men and Masculinity, also pays tribute to feminism’s contribution to current understanding of society. In a 1992 publication he wrote, 250mg Diflucan Tablet, “Following the pioneering research of feminist scholars over the past two decades, social scientists have come to recognise gender as one of the primary axes around which social life is organised…”

There must be something to feminism, after all, if it makes sense to such informed, thinking members of the two groups widely believed to need or want it the least. In fact, women’s quest for social, economic and political justice and equality is considered one of the most significant hallmarks of the last century -- an almost unseen and silent revolution posing a strong and sustained challenge to one of the oldest and most persistent forms of discrimination: the virtually universal subordination of women under patriarchy.

The process initiated by feminist movements in different parts of the world, including India, has resulted in one of the most important transitions of modern times. Not only have women, including poor rural women, increasingly established themselves in the public sphere but their right to do so is officially recognised and supported by important, influential institutions of society, both public and private.

At the same time there is little doubt that this transition is far from complete, 750mg Diflucan Tablet. The situation vis a vis domestic violence, which has been an abiding concern of women movements since the 1970s, illustrates the one step forward, two steps back nature of change on the ground.

The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 came into being thanks to years of effort by women’s and other civil society organisations in India. A national conference was held on the first anniversary of its enactment to assess the effectiveness of the legislation. According to a document titled ‘Staying Alive’ – a pioneering effort to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the law -- nearly 8000 cases were filed during the year after it came into force. But activists say this represents just the tip of the iceberg. Implementation is hampered by budgetary constraints, inadequate staff and structures, poor coordination between relevant official agencies and, of course, lack of public awareness.

Meanwhile the recently released 3rd National Family Health Survey (2005-06) revealed that well over a third (37.2%) of women have experienced spousal violence. The 2nd National Family Health Survey (1998-99) had earlier exposed the shockingly widespread social sanction for this form of gender violence, even among women: two decades after family violence was brought out of the closet by feminist groups, more than half the women surveyed (56%) thought wife-beating was justified under certain circumstances.

Perhaps this perception explains the findings of a new study conducted in Delhi, Diflucan Tablet mexico, which found that victims of domestic violence endure the abuse for an average of 4.2 years before filing a police complaint against the perpetrators. Even though laws against dowry have been made stricter since the early 1980s, the enduring practice is cited as the chief trigger for physical violence by husbands and in-laws. The five-year study, involving more than 1800 women who approached the Delhi Police’s Crimes Against Women Cell for help, also revealed the disturbing fact that only 17% of abused women received support from their parents after they were thrown out of their marital homes by abusive husbands or in-laws.

These sobering realities are acknowledged by most feminists. As publisher and activist Ritu Menon says, “After more than 25 years of women's activism, one is forced to conclude that, for the majority of women, the more things change, the more they remain the same.” Shashi Deshpande points out failures on the ideological level as well: “The word ‘feminism’ remains even more derided than before. It is not properly understood that the women’s movement is merely asking that one half of humanity should find its rightful place.” She concedes, however, that it has created awareness and brought about a different understanding of women’s place in society. Diflucan Tablet, “As a writer, I have seen the difference in the way women have been writing, the way in which women's writing is regarded,” she notes.

According to journalist and activist Laxmi Murthy, “The single most significant achievement of the women’s movement in India is visibility for the fact that women occupy a secondary status and that there are structural inequalities in all spheres – economic, political, cultural, legal, etc. -- that keep women down.” She also credits the movement with some success in bringing about systemic changes in all these areas.

Fellow journalist and activist Rajashri Dasgupta agrees, Diflucan Tablet coupon, pointing out that, while the status of the majority of women remains dismal, nobody can deny or ignore the situation today. For example, every political party feels compelled to include a chapter on women in its manifesto, even if that amounts to nothing more than tokenism. According to her, no other social group has been as successful in pressing for new laws and amendments to old ones. The challenge now, she says, is “to push further and wider so that the benefits are shared by our poorer and more disadvantaged sisters.”

Everyone agrees that feminism has come to mean different things to different people. Even so, the ingredients of a possible common minimum platform are highlighted by scholar and activist Srilatha Batliwala in a new paper<!--[if !supportFootnotes]-->[2]<!--[endif]-->. To begin with, Diflucan Tablet japan, she says, feminists “now stand not only for gender equality, but for the transformation of all social relations of power that oppress, exploit, or marginalise any set of people, women and men, on the basis of their gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, race, religion, nationality, Diflucan Tablet india, location, class, caste, or ethnicity. But we seek a transformation that results, above all, in gender equality in the new social order.”


<!--[if !supportFootnotes]-->[1]<!--[endif]--> Excerpt from a poem by a young Caribbean feminist activist, performance poet and lecturer in “Defending our Dreams: Global Feminist Voices for a New Generation,” Shamillah Wilson, Anasuya Sengupta and Kristy Evans (eds.), Zed Books, 2005

<!--[if !supportFootnotes]-->[2]<!--[endif]--> ‘Building Feminist Movements and Organisations: Clarifying our Concepts, 40mg Diflucan Tablet, ’ S. Batliwala, unpublished monograph soon to be posted on the website of the Association for Women's Rights in Development: www.awid.org


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