May 30, 2010

Good Girls Don’t Talk to Boys

GOOD GIRLS DON’T TALK to Boys. And vice versa, although an exception may be made for good boys who are simply lured by bad girls.

Recently, I came across this new item that talked about a young girl in a Chennai engineering college who killed herself because she was ticked off for talking to […]

May 25, 2010

A Sporty Conversation on Gender in the Academy

HERE’S A PART IMAGINARY, part real email thread of conversations among faculty members at an elite law university in India. Two developments are being discussed simultaneously – one is a weekly cricket match, and the second is the establishment of a women-only Women’s Law Society. The names of participants in the conversation have been […]

May 25, 2010

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The first all-women community radio in Asia is run by 5000 Dalit women from 75 villages, a train campaign to spread awareness about the reservation bill and the UNFPA-Laadli Awards were given recently to 14 gender crusaders a story on the rising use of emergency contraceptives:

Used right, ECP is an empowering tool allowing […]

May 17, 2010


EVERYONE IS SYMPATHETIC of a pregnant woman. But in my opinion, pregnancy is only a 10-month torment which might happen once or twice in a woman’s life. On the other hand, the torment a woman goes through each month when she is not pregnant is a life sentence. Freedom, Stayfree, Whisper–advertisements of these sanitary napkins […]

May 13, 2010

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IN OPEN SPACE, Nandini Rao on The Neurosis of Being Perfect:

Over the years, worldwide, there has been an attempt at “homogenising” notions of beauty. A global standard of age, height, weight and colour seems to have been drawn up, not connected in any way to race or natural laws of body type differences. For […]

May 12, 2010

Two poems

The Lonely Grave of Paula Schultz

Tonight, there’s been a burial.

A careless hammering of nails into a dry casket – by men drunk on moonshine – breaks the night, scattering the weevils and owls into the rising moon. They’ve taken my words, my amour, my knife and left me here to fill the […]

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