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In a remarkable judgement, the Kerala High court concluded that alleged surrender or unwelcomed sex cannot be termed as consensual sexual intercourse.
A group of volunteers writing to Union Minister of Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad to make rape laws gender neutral is a sign for a better future.
Sushant Singh Rajput's much awaited Dil Bechara trailer is here. And the bittersweet tale of love and loss will surely leave you with a teary-eyed smile.
If you're looking for a good laugh while stuck at home over the weekends, these 16 female comedians come to your rescue with their wit and humour!
Choreographer Saroj Khan passed away earlier today. And if you too wanted to groove like her, here are 10 of her famous dance moves for you!
Police brutality shows up again as minor tribal girl was allegedly raped by policemen and forcefully made to abort her child in Odisha. No country for women?
Doctors, for years, are misrepresented on Hindi TV shows. So on the occasion of Doctor's Day, let me tell you a little about what real doctors do!
After the decriminalizing of homosexuality, lawyers Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy, are taking the logical next step towards legalising gay marriage.
Sushmita Sen’s Aarya series is a little slow-paced as a crime thriller, but will leave you awestruck with Sen's single mother Aarya.
While the accused happily got more work, the women lost out on jobs as people tarnished their reputation. How effective was #MeToo in Bollywood?
Prakash Padukone's letter to his daughters urges the need for following their passion, and for parents to let their kids be.
Kriti Sanon, and Rhea Chakraborty trolled not being 'sad enough' after Sushant Singh Rajput's death. Is grief only valid if its shown on social media?
Gulabo Sitabo a movie on greed, bureaucracy and ageing. It has many elements to it but what shines the most is its sassy women characters.
“Hum to bas pravaasi hai Kya is desh ke wasi hai?” Taapsee Pannu's latest poem Pravaasi will hit your conscience and make you question your privilege.
Union Minister Smiriti Irani has denied claims that the lockdown led to an increase in cases of domestic violence against women. But is it true?
For the past few days, YogiOabs is trending everywhere. He, believes, even in 2020, that women 'need to be controlled.' Need I say more about him?
Reports suggest that the transgender community is facing a nightmare like situation because of lack of separate quarantine centers. Again there is no one to listen.
Hardik Pandya is expecting first child with fiancee Natasha Stankovic. But Twitter is concerned about Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma not yet being parents!
Inspired by Kabir Singh, Delhi man posed as surgeon and extorted money from women after threatening to release their nudes. Why do women still fear this?
Maanvi Gagroo called out fashion brand for using her picture without consent and promoting body shaming. When will consent be taken into consideration?
Bihar’s ‘Bicycle Girl’ turned down an offer to go for trials as a trainee at the National Cycling Academy. Why are we making an opportunity of a crisis?
Netflix India's Betaal maybe a horror series, but it deals with a number of social evils - and it is the women who make the best impression!
Promoting acid attacks and violence against women on TikTok goes on to show our vile thoughts even today. Will this kind of content creation even end?
The suicide of a queer student from Kerala after being forced into conversion therapy asks if we'd ever stop treating homosexuality as a disease!
The suicide of a transwoman due to the loss of livelihood and unavailability of medicines amidst the COIVD-19 lockdown, yet again questions our privilege.
An unrelated but similar Bois Locker Room type chat on Instagram was revealed to be fake. Though just as wrong does that negate what the boys did?
A mob thrashed, shaved off the heads and forced three women to drink urine in the name of witch-hunting. Still think it is historical practice?
If you thought maa ka gyaan wasn't cool, Poonam Sapra has made it cool with her Instagram account Mother With A Sign. This is why I love her!
NRN Murthy wants Indians to work 60 hours a week to revive the economy. Did he forget the unpaid care work by women on which the economy is supported?
Justifying all of men's actions as 'men will be men' needs to stop right now! A post on Instagram about a 'boys locker room' conversations shows us why.
Neena Gupta is on a roll! She recently asked a bunch of legit questions about women and farting! Why can men publicly fart or burp but not us?
Actor Rajeev Khandelwal said the Casting Couch is not ‘rape’ as people have a choice of saying no. Do we still need to explain what consent means?
Disney+Hotstar just dropped the trailer of web series Hundred coming soon, starring Lara Dutta as a cop, and we're looking forward to a binge watch.
Babita Phogat and Rangoli Chandel spark a Twitter debate with their Islamophobic tweets. Do we need a religious divide too during the pandemic crisis?
While some adults are discriminating against each other, there are kids doing their bit to provide for the needy. 11 y.o. Ridhi of Hyderabad is one of them!
Supermom Razia from Nizamabad travelled 1400 km on her scooty to get her son back home during the lockdown. Proving again what moms will do for their kids!
Dr. Beela Rajesh, TN's health secretary is boosting people's morale by engaging with them through her department and Twitter during the current crisis
First, the discrimination against people from the NE, now blaming the transgender community for the spread of coronavirus. Are we totally losing humanity?
Staying home is important during lockdown, but it doesn’t mean you must cut down on entertainment. Not until Saloni Gaur aka Nazma Aapi is around, anyway!
Love has no boundaries. And during the lockdown when love seems difficult, this couple got married on Zoom, restoring our belief in love.
Dr Saniya Khan returned from the Gulf on 8th March, and on reaching her hospital in Bijapur, was asked to self-quarantine, according to the protocol declared on 11th March by the govt. Here's what she found.
In the initial essential list, sanitary napkins weren't even mentioned. It took journalists and Twitter for the Union to amend it. How long will this go on?
Worried about the coronavirus lockdown? Well don't worry and panic buy. Here is a list of essentials to make your lockdown shopping a little easier!
Psychologist Aanchal Narang has started a fundraiser to provide facilities to Mumbai sex workers during the lockdown. Here's how you can contribute to it.
ACP Tabarak Fathima is spreading awareness about Section 144 and boosting people's morale in Bangalore, in a very unique way.
At the time of crisis, some people are risking their lives for others. One example is Captain Swati Raval who airlifted 263 Indians from Rome to Delhi.
Independent journalist Rohini Mohan and The Wire’s Arfa Khanum Sherwani recently won The Chameli Devi Jain Award for Outstanding Women Mediaperson for the year 2019.
After Indian Army, the Navy, too, opened its doors for women. On Tuesday, SC announced women officers can sail as efficiently as men.
Bigg Boss Malayalam is in the news after misogynist Rajith Kumar put chilli paste in the eyes of a woman he felt was too loud, too opinionated. Really?
While the world is battling Coronavirus, K.K.Shailaja Teacher, the Health And Social Justice Minister of Kerala has set an example in taking early, decisive action.
Meet the 7 women who took over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's social media as part of the #SheInspiresUs campaign on International Women's Day, and 5 more who inspire us.
The Indian team may not have won the cup at the ICC Women's T20 World Cup. However, getting to the finals without the same facilities as men was a feat of awesomeness!
In an interview on India Today, the anchor called recently appointed Lt-Gen Madhuri Kanitkar "not just an army wife", and asked what it took to reach the top "in what is seen as a man's world"! Sexist language, much?
The trailer of Sheer Qorma dropped earlier this week. As the third mainstream movie to deal with homosexuality, it gives a ray of hope of inclusion in Bollywood.
US President Trump is getting a king's welcome in India. How are we willing to let go of the fact that he is known to make derogatory remarks about women everywhere?
Breaking the filter of women are represented in films is important. Here's what the Bollywood panel at the Orange Flower Festival had to say about it.
Men, especially godmen who have nothing to do with women's everyday lives, have no business dictating the rules for their bodily functions. When will religion get out of women's pants?
Director Aditya Kripalani wants people to take away one thing from his women-centric movies- that the "Devil is inside all of us." Here's why he says that.
Stand-up comedian Varun Grover wears nail paint - by smashing stereotypes, and explaining how it’s okay for men to wear nail paint, he has become the hero we need right now!
Though the number of women contesting in the Delhi elections has increased, there still are only 27 women among the 210 candidates. When will political parties wake up?
Brazilan President Jair Bolsonaro is India’s Republic Day ceremony guest of honour this year. Some of his comments make us wonder if he deserves the honour.
The latest Oxfam report shows that India ranks 64th out of 74 countries when measured for inclusive development and women suffer more due to this.
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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