Anika replied to the topic Taking Care of Yourself on Your Period – Menstrual Hygiene in the forum Reproductive Health & Rights 2 years, 5 months ago
Periods. They’re a regular part of life for women. They face it once a month for seven days in a week. Here are some ways you can take care of yourself while on your period!
This is one of the most important steps. Always be clean and remember to stay healthy. Remember to change your pad every 4-8 hours. If you want, you can use…[Read more]
Period poverty is the lack of access to sanitary products, menstrual hygiene education, toilets, hand washing facilities, and, or, waste management.
Period poverty has always been present in India. India always has had a backwards attitude towards menstruation. Girls are ostracized from regular activities during their monthly period. Society…[Read more]
Roles like cooking, cleaning and housework are generally associated with women. More often than not, it would be rare to see a man doing housework.
It starts at childhood, when a girl is given a cookery set to play with, when she is taught how to cook to take care of her in-laws in the future. I notice that the same treatment isn’t given with…[Read more]
Anika replied to the topic Problem of torture and discrimination of transgenders in Indian prisons. in the forum LGBTQ Issues & Rights 2 years, 5 months ago
Throughout history, transgender people have been discriminated and still are not treated even with little respect by the people of India. With the problematic transgender laws in place, It proves to be difficult for transgender people. We can only imagine how the case is for transgender people in prison.
Transgender people face a lot of…[Read more]
Children are easily influenced. They learn a lot from their parents, teachers, elders, and the media. So, you must be careful with what you allow your child to view and you should be careful with what you say around your child. They look up to you, so they take what you say seriously. Gender bias happens at home and school and they shape the child…[Read more]
The Male Gaze is defined as the perspective of a notionally typical heterosexual man considered as embodied in the audience or intended audience for films and other visual media, characterized by a tendency to objectify or sexualize women.
Yes, the male gaze is still relevant even today and is seen in many blockbuster movies in many languages.…[Read more]
Women deserve the right to do what they want with their bodies. Whatever they do, they deserve the basic right of deciding what is right for them. It is their body and they own it, not society.
Women deserve the right to decide whether or not they want to have children or get pregnant. Motherhood is a choice and not an obligation, so they deserve…[Read more]
Yes, in my opinion, they should be entitled to menstrual leave.
Periods are extremely painful and it lasts for a week every month. Menstrual leave should at least be optional and if any woman needs to take leave, she can have the option of not working those days. Some might say that one day is enough but each woman’s body is different. They might…[Read more]
Conversion therapy is the practice of trying to change an individual’s sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual using psychological, physical, or spiritual intervention.
Conversion therapy is still practiced in India. Although homosexuality is now legal in India, people still think that it’s immoral and that it should and…[Read more]
Sexism is present in every work field. It is rampant especially in the Indian Music Industry.
Female singers hardly sing in films. Journalist Gurman Bhatia had analysed more than 24,000 Bollywood songs from the 50 highest-grossing movies of every year since 1950 and discovered that the amount of songs sung by women is rapidly declining. People…[Read more]
Beauty standards are unrealistic and promote low self-esteem and do more harm than good. But it wasn’t always like this. The beauty standards which are considered undesirable now were very popular before.
Firstly, people of colour are ignored. Many people think that having white skin is ideal and anything else is horrible. We have seen it all…[Read more]
Anika replied to the topic Beauty product are some way a source of discrimination? in the forum Sexism & Patriarchy 2 years, 5 months ago
The Indian Cosmetics Industry is one of the biggest industries in India. It is estimated to be worth 8.5 billion USD (6.2 Crores) in India. It has grown steadily throughout the years. Makeup is very popular in India.
And yet, they are one of the main sources of discrimination in India. In India, the beauty industry caters to light-skinned people…[Read more]
Anika replied to the topic Should there be separate schools for boys and girls? in the forum Sexism & Patriarchy 2 years, 5 months ago
No, I do not think that it’s a good idea to have separate schools for both genders. Many people have different experiences and different opinions about this situation but the majority of them feel that they would have done better if they were in a co-ed school.
While growing up, it is essential to interact with people of the opposite gender to…[Read more]
Marital rape is the act of sexual intercourse with a spouse without the spouse’s consent. According to Section 375, Exception 2 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), “sexual intercourse by a man with his wife, the wife not being under fifteen years of age, is not rape.”
India is one of the 36 countries where marital rape hasn’t been criminalized. A stu…[Read more]
Anika replied to the topic Our society is becoming more accepting of stay-at-home dads. Reality or illusion? in the forum Gender Justice 2 years, 5 months ago
No. As much as we like to romanticize it, Society still hasn’t accepted the idea of stay-at-home dads. This is challenging gender roles because usually, it is the woman who stays at home and takes care of the children and the house, so nobody finds fault with this. However, 39% of Indians view stay-at-home dads as people who are lesser than men.…[Read more]
The process of ‘giving away’ brides at marriages isn’t something new. In Hindu marriages many rituals take place, Starting with what is known as ‘Kanyadaan’. Most families believe their daughters are paraya dhan which means that they’re just mere caretakers of their daughters and when the time for their marriage comes, they give their daughter to…[Read more]
According to the Oxford Dictionary, mental illness is defined as a condition which causes serious disorder in a person’s behaviour or thinking.
WHO estimates about 7.5% of Indians suffer from mental illness. However, these are just the cases that have been discovered. There are still many who haven’t realized they’re suffering from a mental…[Read more]
According to the World Health Organization (WHO); Female Genital Mutilation which is also known as FGM involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It is done on girls from infancy till the age of 15.
FGM is still practiced today because of religious…[Read more]
Anika replied to the topic When a man cooks food it is called as an Art but when a woman cooks food it is called as her Duty. Why? in the forum Gender Justice 2 years, 5 months ago
“When men cook food, it’s art…but when women cook, it’s their duty.”
These lines are iconic and thought-provoking. When I heard that quote from English Vinglish, It made me think of the double standards people have for men and women, cooking being one of them.
Women, despite having careers of their own still have to take care of their household…[Read more]
Anika replied to the topic The sexism of swear words. ( A large portion of swear words are misogynistic) in the forum Sexism & Patriarchy 2 years, 5 months ago
Swear words can be defined as words that are rude and offensive. Many swear words have sexist origins. In fact, the word “bad” could be seen as an offensive word. In Old English, it meant a derogatory term for effeminate men.
Swear words are often used as a way to blow off steam. When people are angry and want to release the anger they have, they…[Read more]
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