Bollywood’s Twisted Love Stories: Misogyny in Disguise

By Sohini Kumar Imagine a woman traveling alone when a stranger approaches her on the street. Insisting on having lunch with her, he starts making suggestive comments during the meal. The woman clearly expresses her disinterest in him and leaves. But she keeps running into the man after that. Even when she leaves the country,…

Motherhood: A Socially-constructed Virtue of Patriarchy?

By Zeba Kazi Biological claims are often used to explain motherhood as a fact and an experience. Feminists have shown that the concept of motherhood is socially, historically, legally, and politically constructed. Many of them have refuted the claim that motherhood is innate to women. Associating motherhood as inherent to women coalesces biological and sociological…

Landing a Punch on Sexualized Conventions in Sports

By Vidya Rajagopalan It is not uncommon for women to be objectified, it is done in every sphere of life. When it is concerned with sports, the sexualisation of women athletes dehumanizes them and downplays their talent. The male-dominated sports institutions want women’s bodies to cater to the male gaze. They are viewed as attractive…

TWI Young: Evolving Gender Roles Around Me

Sapna Kappal While traditionally people largely associated men with masculine behaviour such as being unemotional and physically strong; women were expected to do domestic work and be soft spoken. However, in recent years there has been a change in this association. Family In my family, as well as families of my friends, I have seen…

TWI Opinion: Domestic Violence: Is it Possible to Find Closure?

Is it possible to find Closure in the aftermath of Domestic Violence? Nalini Priyadarshini explores. Home is sanctuary where a person feels relaxed and safe. But alas, it is not true for everyone, especially for women and children. In fact, domestic violence is the biggest killer of women. When 82% of victims of intimate partner violence are women,…

TWI Opinion: On Transgender Rights

Transgender Rights in the wake of Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019. Sonali Pokhriyal takes a look. The hastily passed Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha has been met with a strong backlash from the queer community and the allies across the country. To facilitate an understanding for the…

TWI Opinion: Women in Comedy

Prajakta Paranjpe My first impression of America, as a fresh immigrant cooped up in a tiny studio apartment on snowy days, watching rerun after rerun of famous sitcoms of the 90s was: “Americans must LOVE their comedy!” They love their comedy so much so that here, even grownups watch ‘cartoons’ like Family Guy, South Park,…