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Fat-shaming, loving your body and virginity are the topics of discussion this week. Check out these reads that we found interesting!
Chloe Angyal, an editor at Feministing.com, reminds us that you can’t tell much about a woman just from the shape of her body, even though most of us (including her) tend to make assumptions about women’s capabilities and lifestyles based on what they look like.
On a similar note, best-selling author Jennifer Weiner writes about the pain and humiliation that she experienced while growing up, just because she was fat, and explaining the importance of this to her daughter.
Here’s Issa Waters’ list of 21 things you should stop saying unless you hate fat people.
Blogger Stella Boonshoft posted a photo of herself on her blog as a statement on fat-shaming. The post and the photo have since gone viral. Read Laura Beck’s comments on the reactions Stella got.
Did you see the Republican Party’s latest anti-women rant? Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock thinks that when a woman is impregnated during a rape, “It’s something God intended”. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney still supports Mourdock.
Here’s another post by the awesome Chloe Angyal about US politics and and what’s missing from the debate on contraception and abortion.
Zulfiya Hamzaki discusses the context of the ‘vaginal tightening cream’ ad that was launched in India in August as well as the absurdity of the product itself.
A Brazilian student just auctioned off her virginity for $780,000. The auction has inspired both criticism and praise. Read the Indian Homemaker’s blog post about the auction. What do you think about this auction?
*Photo credit: Christi Nielsen (Used under the Creative Commons Attribution License.)
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If you want to get back to work after a break, here’s the ultimate guide to return to work programs in India from tech, finance or health sectors - for women just like you!
Last week, I was having a conversation with a friend related to personal financial planning and she shared how she had had fleeting thoughts about joining work but she was apprehensive to take the plunge. She was unaware of return to work programs available in India.
She had taken a 3-year long career break due to child care and the disconnect from the job arena that she spoke about is something several women in the same situation will relate to.
More often than not, women take a break from their careers to devote time to their kids because we still do not have a strong eco-system in place that can support new mothers, even though things are gradually changing on this front.
A married woman has to wear a sari, sindoor, mangalsutra, bangles, anklets, and so much more. What do these ornaments have to do with my love, respect, and commitment to my husband?
They: Are you married?
They: But You don’t look like it
Me: (in my Mind) Why should I?
Why is being married not enough for a woman, and she needs to look married too? I am tired of such comments in the nearly four years of being married.
I believe that anything that is forced is not right. I must have a choice. I am a living human, not a puppet. And I am not stopping anyone by not following any tradition. You are free to do whatever you like to do. But do not force others. It’s depressing.