October 23, 2012

Let’s do it, but only if it’s fair and tight!

Ironic how our country saw the launch of a ‘vaginal tightening’ cream just a few days ahead of Indian Independence Day. How can we put two and two together? The ‘empowerment’ of women and their independence from the shackles of patriarchy, right? Wrong. Watching this ad brought back memories of a similarly endorsed product for […]

October 10, 2012

Gush & Awe: How American Politics Reinforces Stereotypes of Wifehood



Some weeks ago, I watched two prominent women in the national spotlight, who spoke to American audiences in their roles as longtime partners of the men contesting the 2012 Presidential election.

In speeches that were televised across the United States to an audience of millions, first Ann Romney and then Michelle Obama […]

October 01, 2012

Violence Against Women Awareness Month



In October, we kick off Violence Against Women (VAW) Awareness Month on the blogosphere.

VAW Awareness Month began as a completely voluntary, yet cohesive online campaign in 2011, when a group of dedicated bloggers/volunteers decided to band together and raise awareness about this social anathema that isn’t going away in a hurry. […]

September 06, 2012

Being Feminist, Being Online…

The internet has the power to convince you of anything. Sometimes it manages to convince me that I must be going quite mad. It tells me that I can’t really take a joke. It tells me that my place is in the kitchen. It tells me that my ovaries render me paranoid, hysterical, helpless and […]

August 22, 2012

Oprah’s Women of India




‘I thought I was in a movie,’ reflects a teary-eyed Oprah Winfrey as she sashays through groups of women at the Radha Vallabh temple in Vrindavan. Decked out in a marigold garland and enough tears for the entire ‘city of widows’, the cinematic surrealism of Oprah’s performance does not elude her […]

July 09, 2012

On being fair, healthy and a feminist

Remember this ad for Clean and Dry? A couple of months ago you must have seen this shared on Facebook, Twitter and blogs and journals, with reactions ranging from hilarity and disbelief to incredulity and outrage. Hell, you might have shared it yourself with a comment or two. While I thought the ad was […]

May 19, 2012

Sidhartha Mallya ne tweet kiya: The sameness of response to molestation

On the 18th of May the Delhi Police arrested Luke Pomersbach, an IPL player owned by the Bangalore team, on charges of molesting a woman and assaulting her fiancé. This incident was followed by Sidhartha Mallya, ‘director’ of the Bangalore Royal Challengers, tweeting the following:

“The girl who is accusing Luke is saying he […]

May 09, 2012

The Return of 80s Cinema and Why it Makes Me Squirm

Sometime back I was looking at upcoming Hindi film releases for 2012 and I saw this poster.

Then I saw this…

…and this.

A few years back, Ghajini and Dabangg started a revival of sorts of 80s style cinema, replete with high drama, revenge and action a.k.a. the masala entertainer. If […]

April 07, 2012

Misogyny in narratives of rape in Indian media




A newspaper report on the recent Gurgaon rape case concludes with the correspondent informing the readers that the victim was hired to “engage with male customers”. How is this piece of information relevant to the public at large? What does it really tell us about the crime? What it does, vaguely […]

March 17, 2012

On being misquoted in The Times of India

A week back, I was interviewed for this article in The Times of India, Crest edition. The article has misquoted me and I want to make a point of it here. It ascribes this quote to me:

The Pink Chaddi campaign talked of an issue that affected women in cities. Who has the time to […]

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