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Mocking Bollywood's stereotypical idea of love and standing up for homosexuality, Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan's teaser is breath of fresh air.
The latest NCRB report from 2018 reveals that on an average, one rape case was reported every 15 minutes in India. No country for women?
After JNU, students of Jyoti Niwas College in Bangalore were threatened by BJP supporters. A video of the incident went viral on Twitter. Here is what happened.
Sona Mohapatra is in the news again. This time because she wore a swimsuit! She got trolled but as always, she got back to them like a boss she is!
The Kerala government has taken a positive step to sensitise people about violence against women as well as our right to public spaces.
This wedding season leave the raunchy, old, misogynistic songs and embrace your inner goddess and groove to songs guaranteed make you feel proud as a woman.
Recent violence on students of Jamia Milia University had many female students being allegedly brutalised by Delhi Police. Is this supposed to be a democracy with no space for dissent?
Rahul Gandhi’s comment about Rape in India sparked aggression in the parliament. When will our politicians stop politicising rape and start taking actions?
It might become a hit, but Pati Patni Aur Woh is the same old movie, made only with an eye on the box office, constructed with lame wife bashing WhatsApp forwards.
Humans are losing their humanity. Another violent incident in Hyderabad where a girl was beaten up and stripped makes me wonder where has humanity gone!
A woman in Hyderabad was raped and then burned. This brutal rape and murder makes us question once again that when will women be safe.
At the recent launch of his movie that has a plot resembling the Pollachi sexual assault case, Tamil Director Bhagyaraj made crass victim blaming comments.
There might be many more such things, but here are 5 things that are termed normal when done by men but absurd when done by women. Add yours in comments.
In a recent incident, a woman says she was assumed to be a sex worker simply because she booked a cab late at night to meet a male friend! When will the mentality of our society towards women change ?
Virgin! The relevance of this word is a lot in our society. So much so that now there is a pill to fake blood to prove virginity for that 'first night.'
In the age where women are constantly judged and shamed, these four ad campaigns are a ray of hope From Gillette to Puma, these ads definitely make you sit up and think.
Have you ever wondered why women hide pads? If yes, then you are not alone. This viral tweet sums up the emotions of every woman.
Sameera Reddy aces #FlashbackFriday with an image from her teenage years. She calls out the sexism in the times when she wasn’t considered beautiful because of being fat and dark.
October is about to end and social media is full of with posts under Inktober. Here are some of my favourite women artists who participated in Inktober 2019
Puma's Propah Lady campaign is breaking female stereotypes left right and centre. Here is why we need more advertisements like these!
October marks almost a year to the #MeToo movement in India. Many men, however, filed defamation cases against women who called them out. Here's a list.
Bollywood's commercial outlook is once more revealed by the fact that a light skinned Bhumi Pednekar with dark makeup is in the upcoming movie Bala, instead of an actually dusky actor more suited to the role.
In yet another incident, this time in Bengaluru, a man resorted to shaming and moral policing a woman for wearing shorts. Just when will this end?
Journalist Anubhuti Vishnoi posted a twitter thread yesterday after a narrow escape from what could have become a horrific sexual assault, highlighting the importance of alertness and self defence.
Navratri traditions differ all across India. But the best part about all these is that they all preach the same lesson, that of women empowerment.
Kalki Koechlin announced her pregnancy with boyfriend Guy Hershberg, and became an inspiration for women all over with her ideas about pregnancy,
There is no doubt that India is obsessed with Fair Skin. Nandita Das uses real-life experiences to mock this obsession in ‘India’s Got Colour’
We all know Greta Thunberg who tried to awaken the world to the urgency of climate change. But do you know about 11-year-old Ridhima Pandey fighting for Climate Change alongside Greta?
Lisa Ray is one actress who has never been afraid to talk about the stigmas of society. She proves it again by sharing a strong message and flaunting her bare skin.
Babita Tade a cook by profession, won the grand prize of 1 crore in the latest season of KBC. A living proof that no dreams are small if one has true faith and determination.
Planning to buy new lingerie? Say bye-bye to boring! Here are six women led lingerie brands in India, for all your lingerie needs!
Why do so many Indian men fail to understand Consent? Comedian Sanjay Rajoura presents a hilarious take on the Indian man's idea of masculinity.
In a recent episode of Splitsvilla, some female contestants addressed another young woman as ‘Aunty' or 'Behenji'. When will taunting women based on their appearance stop?
Women make half of the world's population. Yet, our sexual health is seen as a taboo subject. Anoushka Shankar, with her latest post breaks this taboo.
From 'neighbourhood aunties' to our own mothers there are many women who become patriarchal oppressors to other women. We need to ask: why?
Whether it’s land, air, water or even space women are leaving a mark everywhere. The latest is Shaliza Dhami, the first female officer in the country to become the Flight Commander of a flying unit.
Recently Alia Bhatt made her music video debut with the Prada song by Lamborghini fame ‘The Doorbeen’. The song is catchy but the lyrics try to establish women as ‘gold diggers’.
The new posters of movie Mission Mangal raise the question of how women can manage science like men but are the only ones expected to manage the ‘home’
Manohar Khattar's comment on being able to bring back Kashmiri girls, revealed the regressive mentality of several men in India. Does consent even matter?
The Lok Sabha recently passed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2019 that allows only 'ethical altruistic surrogacy' and only to some kinds of parents. We examine its merits and demerits here.
Former External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj passed away yesterday at an age of 67. She is one political leader who will always be remembered for being ever awesome!
Saudi Arabia now allows its women to travel without consent of their men, and cannot now be discriminated against at work for their age, disability, and gender.
The Triple Talaq bill was passed last week amid much acclaim, but the criminalisation provisions within the bill have generated disagreement as well.
Comicstaan season 2 has not only been inclusive on representation of women, but has also highlighted issues that matter, including sexual harassment.
Lucknow says no more to frightening and disgusting experiences with the creepy ‘auto wallas’. In a bold step, the Lucknow district authorities ban playing songs in Auto.
Remember the revolutionary lawyers Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy who fought against the archaic section 377? Now they have inspired us even more - by coming out as a couple.
Twitter user @sokrafood was recently molested on a train. What was unusual was her decision to share much needed information on how to file an FIR and get justice.
With Ethicus, Vijayalakshmi Nachiar is not only trying to revive traditional textiles and art, but also creating a brand based on sustainable fashion.
Women entrepreneurs in India believe strongly in the power of female communities and mentors. The new Women's Web survey has many such insights for you.
Being in love with many people at the same time doesn’t make you a slut, and Radhika Apte has finally said it for all of us!
Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the director of Kabir Singh Sandeep thinks the criticism the movie received for misogyny is bizarre. According to him it's not true love if you can't 'slap each other'.
The latest poster of upcoming movie Mission Mangal based on the women who were behind India’s Mars Orbiter Mission is dominated by its lead male star, Akshay Kumar.
Here are 9 Indian cookbook authors that will give you serious motivation and tons of recipes to cook from!
Here are 6 milestones in the career of India's first full-time woman Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Tahira Kashyap has given us more goals to love her by slapping the trolls right back for calling her Ayushmann's brother.
The 14th Dalai Lama has sparked a debate by his recent comments which many people are considering regressive.
"Dissent is all the more important" with her kickass speech in the Lok Sabha young TMC MP Mohua Moitra attacked the Narendra Modi-led government and showed the 7 signs of fascism in the country today.
Nusrat Jahan MP from Basirhat West Bengal missed the oath-taking ceremony in the parliament because her marriage was also planned on the same day. Is it fair to judge her for choosing wedding over oath?
The latest Terribly Tiny Tales short film Suno gives a new face to domestic violence and shows that even in an 'obviously happy' marriage there are these unsaid or unheard things.
Though the portrayal of the flawed character of Kabir Singh is sheer excellence in acting, it's not something that should exist in the real world.
An actor with that enviable chameleon quality, Meryl Streep is also a badass woman who is an inspiration for more than 3 generations. Here are 10 Meryl Streep quotes for you.
Tennis star Sania Mirza was judged because people assumed that she took her son to eat junk food and was being negligent towards Shohaib Malik's diet. When will trolling Sania Mirza for Pakistan's poor performance stop?
A man allegedly masturbated on a woman and hurled abuses at her after she retaliated at a metro station. Are molesters now not even scared and instead take pride in abusing women?
A closure report submitted by the Mumbai Police has given Nana Patekar a clean chit in the Tanushree Dutta sexual harassment case. Does this mean an end to the #MeToo movement in India?
The women in Sudan are becoming the new ray of hope. One image of young Sudanese woman is going viral and asking the world to pay attention to.
These 7 Indian dads on Instagram are breaking all the stereotypes about parenting by investing completely in their child’s upbringing.
Gokul Sreedhar’s Facebook post celebrating his mother’s second marriage is a slap to society’s taboo against older women looking for love.
Beauty and fitness come in all sizes. Nike with its plus-size mannequins has proved that you need not be slim to work out and be called fit.
Justice prevailed! 6 out of 7 accused in the Kathua Rape case have been convicted by the Supreme Court today.
Priyanka Chopra is slammed for wearing a saree without a blouse And 'disrespecting Indian Culture.” But is Indian Culture a monolithic, frail entity?
The recent barbaric murder of a child in Aligarh highlights the ways in which people use vulnerable children as a tool for their revenge.
Recently the Tamil Nadu government mandated staff to stick to wearing sarees, or salwar kameez with dupatta at work, to 'maintain the decorum'.
17 adults with autism were allegedly denied entry in a private swimming pool on the accounts of “objection from other members”. When will the discrimination stop and acceptance begin?
These 13 female pioneers in sports in India have established a benchmark for excellence in sports, and are a huge inspiration for everyone.
Modi 2.0 has 6 women ministers, some who've already been in the Cabinet. They have many challenges that need to be addressed over the next 5 years. Will they deliver?
A recent photo of Femina Miss India 2019 pageant finalists makes us wonder why all contestants must fit a particular template to be called 'beautiful'.
The image of Smriti Irani being a pallbearer for an aide is going viral - as a symbol of women breaking patriarchal traditions.
These female advocates with their wands of justice have been fighting for justice and are a true source of inspiration.
With over 715 female candidates in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, here's an ongoing look at the fate of the women in the fray.
These 6 Indian Mom Youtubers are your answer to all parenting questions along with much else - do go check their channels.
Artist and illustrator Indu Harikumar’s new project #identitty tries to break the stigma around women and breasts.
Dutee Chand has become India’s first sports person star to acknowledge being in a same-sex relationship.
Recently on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya, a 21-year-old was molested in a temple and we ask, where are women safe? Rape cases, acid attacks, molestation; these heinous crimes have now become a day to day business. Our society claims that “short clothes, roaming around with guys and going out in the night” is the […]
Corporate houses ask law firms to advise them on how to handle harassment allegations. But what about the harassment going on in law firms? A new study has shocking results.
Not many realise the power of communities in building and growing a business, but the panels on this at Breaking Barriers 2019 in all 4 cities – Bangalore, Mumbai, Gurugram, and Hyderabad, made this feel intuitive.
In a video that went viral on social media, a man is seen flashing to a girl inside an ATM. This was a safe, known area for the girl, and there was also a cop car outside. High time to ask: where can women be safe?
Delhi based women alleges that when she was assaulted in an Uber cab, the emergency response just asked the driver to cancel the ride and left her on an isolated road, endangering her further.
A video is going viral on social media, showing a group of young women confronting an older woman whom they allege, shamed them for wearing short dresses and said they deserved to be raped. However, much of the anger against her is also being expressed in the same slut-shaming language!
The heights that the Indian women's cricket team has achieved make us wonder - why are women cricketers not involved in the IPL which is the biggest celebration of cricket in India? Or even, why isn't there a women’s IPL tournament too?
Kalank is a patriarchal narrative driven by aesthetics and heightened emotions but with that, it indeed has some strong women characters.
We will definitely miss everything about GOT once it's over but the actress Bella Ramsey who plays Lyanna Mormont will miss standing up to grown men, she says! We can’t be any less proud about our ferocious Lady Mormont.
In a first-person article in The Washington Post on Thursday, Pallavi Gogoi, a journalist who now lives in the United States alleged that former Union Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar raped her in 1994 when she worked with him at the Asian Age.
When will society stop judging women based on their lifestyle? Read how actress Shweta Salve slammed trolls who tried to pin the bad mom label on her.
What is the result of speaking out against sexual misconduct? Justice? Empowerment? Equality? No. As Arjun Sarja's criminal defamation case against Sruthi Hariharan shows, in this world, it is the victim who is accused of being the criminal.
From their men's loo stories to the legendary burp, the first episode of Koffee With Karan season 6 was a laugh riot with Deepika and Alia as its guests.
Trolls have been giving Sania Mirza unwanted advice on her pregnancy, even shaming her for being 'out there in this condition'. She tweeted back, educating them that pregnancy is not something to be ashamed of.
Malavika Nair, an upcoming actress is a college-going teenager who has learnt many life lessons being in the film industry from a very young age.
Excessive hatred on Twitter these days compelled actress Sonam Kapoor, who was very active on social media, to quit Twitter. Trolls need to take a chill pill.
She is a rebel…she is an activist…she is an inspiration…she is the hero that society needs but doesn’t deserve right now…She is Serena Williams.
With her Instagram page 'The Chasing Writer', young Amina Mehmood is inspiring about 11 thousand people with her motivational words, stories, and quotes.
Dance practice is about to begin everywhere! Here are 11 sizzling Dandiya songs with dance steps to nail any Dandiya night's dance floor.
A recent research showed that an increase in gold prices is a great threat to girl children in our country. The fear of higher dowry leads people to kill them even before being born!
The first time her nude pictures were leaked on social media, it bothered Radhika Apte, but not anymore. Slut shaming because of leaked nudes is not morality, it's disgusting - writes the author.
With husbands being posted in borders and distant lands, an army wife's life is complicated. Amidst all the hardship they fail not to surprise us with their achievements.
With recent Hindi movie Stree doing huge business in the box office, author explores Stree and other Bollywood horror films with vindictive female ghosts.
It's okay for mothers to be anxious after a maternity break, says the new google pay ad. Its the story of empowered yet an emotional mother.
As sexual desires are nowhere connected to age, the upcoming hindi movie Badhaai Ho addresses sex stigmas surrounding elderly couple.
She is bold... She is fierce... She is powerful… She is independent and she is breaking the stereotypes. She is the 'new woman of Bollywood.'
Bollywood movie 'Love Sonia' addressing critical issues with a stellar cast is all set to release in the coming week. Here is what you can expect from the film.
Recently a young girl, with the fear of not being accepted, killed herself in the city of Mysore. When will the beauty norms imposed on girls by the society stop?
What drives Srilekha Chakraborty to work with remote villages in Jharkhand, talking to girls and women about menstrual health? We find out in a free-wheeling conversation!
Energy, innovation, passion and travel: 4 words that define Anuradha Goyal. She is proudly living her life as a travel entrepreneur and blogger, and inspiring a lot of other people to do the same.
The trailer of Imtiaz Ali's new movie Laila Majnu as released recently. Why does the Laila Majnu story continue to be so appealing to us in India?
How has the portrayal of white women in Bollywood changed over the years? Here's taking a look at this most 'immoral' of all characters in our cinema.
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