Some are baffled by those of us who make the choice to be alone. Others think aloneness means something’s wrong with you or that you’re self-centered. Here’s a more empowering perspective. Read about this author’s practice of deliberately spending time alone to see how you can grow your self-confidence all on your own – without needing anyone else to complete you.
The number one question the patriarchy is asking is: “How do we make women feel less-than, now that they think they’re enough?” And, often, patriarchy finds ways to do so. This article addresses four ways that Indian culture in particular works to stifle women’s liberation, as well as this author’s suggestions for how to push back against it and stand up for yourself.
Colorism is not a joke. And no, we shouldn’t “lighten up.” Here’s why justifying jokes about dark skin is way more harmful than you might think.
We talk about discrimination against short men as heightism, but this woman’s struggle to take up space shows why we need to talk about the power struggles of short women.
Learning the term mansplaining saved this author a lot of frustration. So let’s keep the conversation going about this subtle form of oppression.
Animosity over cultural differences can lead to anything from bully and stereotyping, to war and genocide. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We take in prejudice slowly and silently through socialization. But because we learn prejudice, we can also unlearn it. Here are a few ways you can fight oppression and practice communal harmony in your everyday life.
Popular culture has a way of turning modern women into villains. It equates women’s independence with arrogance, and their modernity with shamelessness. It ends up strengthening the good woman/bad woman dichotomy – the dichotomy that pits women against women. Here are a few simple ways that a good girl/bad girl dichotomy is created in society and in pop culture, looking in particular at South Asian media.
Sometimes the pleasure of being the one who has been wronged has no match. But soon this author realized that being angry had become a chore.
People in India fall within a broad color range – and colorism has created a hierarchy of beauty. These are the struggles this author has had to push through.