Politics & Feminism

Intersectional feminism examining questions of gender, sex, sexuality, caste, class, race, religion & other discriminators. Commentary on current social affairs.

Mental Health In A Capitalist World
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Mental Health In A Capitalist World

Our value as human beings is determined by how useful we are and how tangibly we can show profit. Where is there room for the things that make us human?

Confused Patriarchy Made Me A Feminist
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Confused Patriarchy Made Me A Feminist

Why does a woman have to earn a life of dignity through abuse & assault when men receive it as birthright?

The Economics Of Our Dining Choices: Morality Measure?
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The Economics Of Our Dining Choices: Morality Measure?

If we’re going to measure morality based on what we eat, let’s examine the food on our plates first.

A Truce With Gender
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A Truce With Gender

If I were fifteen years younger, I’d identify as nonbinary. Or maybe not, I don’t know if the beaten gender path has beat me down too often mercilessly.

When Gods Become People
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When Gods Become People

An ode to disappointing idols, to deified affections, to desecrated loyalties,

What Do We Owe Each Other In Shifting Normals?
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What Do We Owe Each Other In Shifting Normals?

After I wrote yesterday’s fan post about And Just Like That, I stayed up late reading reviews & the subreddit of the show. Well. There is so much vitriol. I believe most of it is the punishment our overly capitalist world is wrecking on anyone who hasn’t paid the requisite…

And Just Like That…I Found Friends Again
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And Just Like That…I Found Friends Again

I’m liking where I am with regard to viewable content. I’ve spent a long time burrowing into books mostly because the video medium was garbage churned out by rich, privileged, inbred people who didn’t care about humans like me. But the streaming services are getting with it. And even if…

Silent Gods – A Political Poem
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Silent Gods – A Political Poem

This poem was written to the prompt ‘भारत भाग्य विधाता चुप है’ (Bharat Bhagya Vidhata chup hain).The Indian national anthem addresses the ‘Bharat Bhagya Vidhata’ (the benefactor of India’s destiny). This prompt suggests that the benefactor is silent. Trigger warnings: My poem contains other references to the national anthem &…

Modern Love: The Quest For Identity First
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Modern Love: The Quest For Identity First

What were the brutal experiences of fear, grief & unexpected connections in the last two years but lessons in love & relating? The lockdowns forced me away from my usual coping mechanisms & distractions. What is left when all assumptions are stripped away? Love & Identity As a metropolitan Indian…

The “Do They Treat You Well?” Play
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The “Do They Treat You Well?” Play

I was watching an episode of ‘Kim’s Convenience’ where a concerned (possibly over protective) family is talking to their daughter about her love life. One of them asks, “Does he treat you well?” And I realised no one had ever asked me that. Not family members, not friends, not classmates,…

Being My Age Is A Feminist Act
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Being My Age Is A Feminist Act

I’m often told I ‘don’t look’ my age. It’s served up as a compliment. It’s not. What’s complimentary about telling someone they don’t fit the box into which you’re trying to put them? I already know that by being open about my age (43 a week ago, when this photo…

Reluctantly Seeking Shah Rukh Fans
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Reluctantly Seeking Shah Rukh Fans

I visited North India (Himachal Pradesh & Chandigarh) this week. The last time I was there was in 2018, pulled abruptly out of an impending midlife crisis & looming health scares to cremate an unexpectedly deceased relative. I’ve never liked the mountains. My only associations with them have been under…

Bridgerton 2: Kamasutra Chic Colonised By Peerage In A Racist Love Story
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Bridgerton 2: Kamasutra Chic Colonised By Peerage In A Racist Love Story

The second season of Bridgerton just dropped two days ago on Netflix India. I heard about it last year when a well-read (but admittedly elitist & shallow) friend raved about it most sincerely. I thought it was amusing, that a Regency era tale was cast with actors of colour. Historical…

A Skin Of Dignity
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A Skin Of Dignity

The first ebook I ever bought was ‘Cuckold’ by Kiran Nagarkar. It had come highly recommended by the man seated next to me at a literature festival. A stranger, the two of us bonding in those sudden intimacies that are the magic of city life (if you don’t try to…

Gehraiyaan: A Good Galentine’s Day Release & An Okay Solo Date Watch
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Gehraiyaan: A Good Galentine’s Day Release & An Okay Solo Date Watch

Spoiler alert: This post talks about the film Gehraiyaan & references several key plot points. If you haven’t seen the film & plan to, please do not read further. Trigger warnings: Childhood neglect, self-harm, abuse, infidelity. ~O~O~O~O~O~O~ Yes, I said that. I know today is Valentine’s Day & this film…

Fairytale
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Fairytale

I want a new fairytaleFairytales are greatI want a new fairytaleFor every single day Write me a book of fairytalesThat build a universewith bricks of paper,Where love doesn’t feel like a curseRoads of words where hope doesn’t turn into vapourBring me a fairytale I haven’t heard beforeReplenish the wonder I…

𝗦𝗘𝗟𝗙-𝗟𝗢𝗩𝗘 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗚𝗜𝗥𝗟𝗦🤹‍♀️🤸🏽‍♀️
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𝗦𝗘𝗟𝗙-𝗟𝗢𝗩𝗘 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗚𝗜𝗥𝗟𝗦🤹‍♀️🤸🏽‍♀️

Girl, love yourself though it be hard. I know sis, I know, I’m there with you too. Though I don’t quite know how to do this right, I’m learning. And this means unlearning everything we have been taught since birth about what love means, what us means, what I means….

Vanity Is A Superpower
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Vanity Is A Superpower

I feel like I’m a different person out in the world. I enjoy dressing up because I love the reactions of the world to my style. It’s not always positive. I also find ridicule, envy, shaming & other things. Each is a reaction, a conversation with society, with humanity in…

When Abandonment Wounds Are Your Teacher
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When Abandonment Wounds Are Your Teacher

There comes a point when you have to act like the person who left you will never come back. It’s essential to accept it in order to seek healing. But at some point, you must also ask yourself that if they do return, whether you’ll take them back. That’ll tell…