Beauty Lies in Contradictions
We as women have always known beauty exists and it has standards. Themedia around us has ensuredthat we are aware of and constantly surrounded by material that defines beauty, mostly for heterosexual women,and that emphasises consumption. So, capitalism is at the root of how beauty is manufactured, presented and consumed, but I am not going to discuss capitalism, neoliberalism and its effects on women, because that’s a discussion for another time. What really perplexes, confuses, disturbs and amuses me are the notions of beauty and representations of sexuality that have changed over a period of time and how women are engaging and struggling to find their places in this paradigm
Story of an Odd Couple
Most people think of us not just as an ‘odd’ couple but a couple where the man is not ‘man enough’ and the woman is not ‘woman enough.’ Somehow direct linkages have been drawn between masculinity, power and height. This means that the taller person wields power over the shorter one – woman in this case – and invalidates his masculinity. This is because in a true patriarchal world men will always be taller. On the other hand, women are supposed to be submissive, timid and built in a way that men can protect them. Therefore, we are not a couple from any fairy tale but of a true tale – which seems to agitate people around us.
Why are Indian Women Afraid of Streets
You can run, but you can’t escape. You can fight, but it won’t end. I am talking about the fear of being harassed, molested, and raped in spaces that seem threatening in a city. It wasn’t a shock, but a sinking revelation of how I live with the constant fear of being attacked, when I lost my way travelling on the streets of Delhi.
Ambivalent Internet: Freedoms and Fear, Story of young underprivileged girls using the Internet
The internet is not a gender-neutral space. Women from patriarchal backgrounds especially need to be empowered to negotiate the sexism and misogyny they encounter online.
Expecting Beyond the Unexpected, Youth’s voice in manifesto formulation for 2014 General Elections
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which rode to power on the back of popular disenchantment, has a lot to deliver to keep up its poll promises. With the youth emerging as an important constituency, Shivani Gupta urges the government to go beyond poll promises and chalk out tangible policies based on a nation-wide pre-election exercise, which came up with charter of demands that reflect the younger generation’s aspirations.
What Youth Wants - Story of Election Manifestos
In the article, ‘What does the youth want’, Shivani Gupta presents a youth manifesto and says it is very important to harness the energy, creativity, enthusiasm and intellect of the youth to give this nation a more meaningful future and change the regressive and archaic status quo that it is existing in.
Of This Technology and Ideology – One Billion Rising (India)
In a world where information and networking are seen as ubiquitous, especially after the emergence of the new ICTS, new collectives and communities and their concerns have forged new solidarities through newer platforms. These collectives have transcended the usual understanding of politics and dissent. They have widened the concept of a 'political' and a 'civil' society. But the questions one needs to address are; are these collectives the 'actual' representation of a diverse population or do the collectives represent a certain section that has the ability to use information and networking in the hope of change, while not engaging directly with those at the grassroots? This is issue that the article explores by looking at the One Billion Rising campaign in India