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Women under the spotlight
The prestigious Tribeca Film festival is to showcase a documentary themed on Indian women and the conflict between fundamentalism and modernism. This venture shows that there is a developing interest in understanding the culture wars in India.
Seventeen year old Sarah Attar has been the talk of the town this week. The teen from Saudi Arabia is to take part in the London Olympics and feels honoured by the prospect.
From the blogosphere
Suchi at Pebble in the sky muses on Feminism for India. The crisp article conveys some valid points as food for thought for all Indian women alike.
Another enthusiastic blogger who calls herself The Goddess and uses her blog Simply Bored as a pet peeve expresses her view on Indian Feminism.
Arts and Entertainment
A dream turns into a bestselling series for a stay at home mom, Stephanie Meyer. Get to know more about the woman behind Twilight in this interview.
“Women musicians are not taken as seriously as their male counterparts” tells musician Dr. Kamala Shankar. In this interview which appeared on The Pioneer the first woman doctorate in the field of instrumental guitar talks about her wonderful musical journey with titbits on challenges faced by women musicians.
Vishaka Dharba, a student writes about the representation of women in TV serials. She also raises some very important questions in her piece worth giving some thought to.
Courtney Martin talks about Re-inventing feminism. In the eleven minute speech she defines Feminism for the modern day woman to whom “the beauty, the aesthetics, the fun do matter”. Though the talk is country specific there is a lot for Indian feminists to ponder and figure out.
Aishwarya Rajamani is an undergraduate student by day and a writer otherwise. She reads passionately and dreams like an utopian idealist. And she wishes for a world where women can walk free in the true read more...
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For International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women, let's look at how we 'accept' mothers who avenge violence against their kids, but not wives who fight back.
The silver screen is replete with depictions of male rage and men engaging in violence, but when women engage in violence, even when it is reactionary violence, it doesn’t sit right with us. We allow mothers (as portrayed in Sridevi’s Mom and Raveena Tandon’s Maatr) to avenge their daughters and resort to violence when all else fails, but when the abuser is an intimate partner, the rules appear to be different.
Depictions of female rage on screen garner mixed reactions. We root for protagonists and films we agree with like Mom or Maatr, but there are also films like Darlings which drew flak for its depictions of reactionary violence.
This begs the question, which women on screen are allowed to fight back and why do we root for some of these characters while refusing to see where others come from?
This Generation To Generation Violence towards A Daughter-in-law Needs To Stop!
It is ironic how women in the same home do not think twice before harassing a woman who left her parents and family behind to live with her husband.
“My daughter needs a husband who listens to her. He should leave his family to stay with her after marriage. He should be well-off and not let her do chores.”
“I also need an obedient daughter-in-law, who will be an unpaid servant and a punching bag who shouldn’t have a life of her own.”
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