Resistance, Silence, and Solidarity at Ashoka

Written by The Feminist Collective Staff Part of being an Ashokan means you quickly learn to filter through and turn a blind eye to most of the emails you get, inviting you to a guest session by this speaker and that — there’s a thousand talks happening every day, across departments, and anyway, it’s not like you … More Resistance, Silence, and Solidarity at Ashoka

Angry Indian Goddesses: A (Biased) Review

Among Bollywood’s (many) shortcomings is its failure to capture the essence of strong female friendships on screen. Women are often portrayed as being too obsessed with men to be able to divert attention to their girlfriends. Growing up, I found this portrayal incredibly disconcerting: it stood in stark contrast to the girls I knew in … More Angry Indian Goddesses: A (Biased) Review

Can’t Pop the Cherry

By Esther Larissa David content warning: graphic language and sexual content The night Katherine of Aragon married Prince Arthur, it seemed like all of England was waiting outside their bedroom for the consummation of their marriage. Arthur was timid and Katherine found him disgusting. They didn’t have sex. Both of them were virgins but Katherine … More Can’t Pop the Cherry

How To Tell Your Aunt She’s Oppressed

Written by Orhan She’s your father’s second cousin’s wife — or something like that — you’re not sure. She and her husband are the bunch of relatives with similar sounding names you can’t memorize, so you play it safe, call them ‘uncle’ and ‘aunty’. You see this particular uncle and aunty once a year, during Diwali. They are one … More How To Tell Your Aunt She’s Oppressed

Why Can’t Lara Croft Wear Capes and Princess Peach Save Herself?

Written by Ananya Choyal Laura Mulvey, a feminist film critic, coined the term ‘male gaze’ which refers to the act of depicting women from a masculine perspective that reduces women to their bodies and are objectified just for the sake of the male viewer. This term has been seen at play in all kinds of … More Why Can’t Lara Croft Wear Capes and Princess Peach Save Herself?