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Women's Web's choice of interesting stories from around the world this week.
Bawdy men, lewd numbers and unhealthy fixations make some of our reads for this week.
“Even in the world of allegedly genderless numbers, being female isn’t safe.” The dark side of math humor.
“The real impact of the male gaze, and objectification, and judgment, is about way more than beer commercials, Playboy pictorials, and who does and doesn’t have to pay her own bar tab.” A hard-hitting take on the objectification of the feminine body.
“No matter where you work, or how hard, when it comes to the second shift, ladies, we own it.” On equality and gender expectations.
Nandita Sengupta makes a case for gender-neutral guardianship when she asks “How can being named ahead of a man in a shared responsibility activity be viewed as empowerment?”
“The concept of fairness. Nothing to do with bending backwards to be fair to someone. But the unending struggle to appear “fair” to the world. In complexion, and not in spirit.” Suranga on the Indian obsession with white skin.
Inside Slave City captures the sordid lives of domestic help in India.
“She wrote not only about gender subjugation, but also about capitalist, racial and military suppression, searching for and critiquing sources of power and strength.” Remembering Adrienne Rich.
*Photo credit: Adrienne Rich from http://www.qotd.org/
New mommy on the block.
Bookworm, nature-lover and wayfarer in the suburbs of imagination.
Fascinated by the power of the written word. And the workings of the human mind. read more...
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He said that he needed sometime to himself. I waited for him as any other woman would have done, and I gave him his space, I didn't want to be the clingy one.
Trigger Warning: This deals with mental trauma and depression, and may be triggering for survivors.
I am someone who believes in honesty and trust, I trust people easily and I think most of the times this habit of mine turns into bane.
This is a story of how a matrimonial website service turned into a nightmare for me, already traumatized by the two relationships I’ve had. It’s a story for every woman who lives her life on the principles of honesty and trust.
And when she enters the bedroom, she sees her husband's towel lying on the bed, his underwear thrown about in their bathroom. She rolls her eyes, sighs and picks it up to put in the laundry bag.
Vasudha, age 28 – is an excellent dancer, writer, podcaster and a mandala artist. She is talented young woman, a go getter and wouldn’t bat an eyelid if she had to try anything new. She would go head on with it. Everyone knew Vasudha as this cheerful and pretty young lady.
Except when marriage changed everything she knew. Since she was always outdoors, whether for office or for travelling for her dance shows, Vasudha didn’t know how to cook well.
Going by her in-laws definition of cooking – she had to know how to cook any dishes they mentioned. Till then Vasudha didn’t know that learning to cook was similar to getting an educational qualification. As soon as she entered the household after her engagement, nobody was interested what she excelled at, everybody wanted to know – what dishes she knew how to cook.