Category: Feminism

  • A call for radical Unforgiveness

    Source: Azaad, Amba. “Fire to the Grass.” The Massachusetts Review, Volume 65, Issue 1, 2024, massreview.org/sites/default/files/10_65.1Azaad.pdf. IN this essay Amba Azaad makes a strong and comprehensive case for radical unforgiveness. It’s a gorgeous gorgeous essay and everyone should read it, the following are some quotations that spoke to me. Resentment and bitterness are treated like…

  • Sultana’s Dream (1905)  by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain

    Sultana’s Dream (1905) by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain

    This story was originally published in The Indian Ladies’ Magazine, Madras, 1905. Taken from WikiSource. One evening I was lounging in an easy chair in my bedroom and thinking lazily of the condition of Indian womanhood. I am not sure whether I dozed off or not. But, as far as I remember, I was wide…

  • Rape culture

    And why we should care Inspired by a recent post that explained Rape culture very well. Please read it. We’re rape culture I’ve been scared to walk on a darkly lit road maybe a handful of times in my life. Every woman I know has to walk with full awareness of her surroundings, every single day all…

  • A Guide to Life [Guest post]

    Cathartist, who has written on Cerebral salad before, mailed me with her response to the criticism that Meena Kandasamy was facing for her article about domestic violence. I am turning the mail into a post. As usual, she is brilliant. Follow her on twitter. A guide to life – General edition Can doctors be unhealthy?…

  • Some Questions that need to be answered on Domestic Violence

    Background: Poet and Dalit activist Meena kandasamy recently wrote about her story of domestic violence. She is an evocative writer and her article has resulted in a lot of conversation on various web-platforms.  Among the usual “hear, hear” and “she must be lying”  comments were a few a few questions that are earnest and need…

  • Too crowded. A book review

    Book review of “A Calendar Too crowded” by Sagarika Chakraborty . A good book with a harsh review.

  • India & the sex selection conundrum

    Let us agree to go beyond billboard exhortations to ‘love the girl child.   There is nothing to disagree about the thesis of the article. The girl child is precious and vital for the well-being of our nation. The girl child is not doing very well in spite of all that we are doing for…

  • Jhansi Ki Rani by Subhadra Kumari Chauhan

    खूब लड़ी मर्दानी वह तो झाँसी वाली रानी थी।। I grew up in Gwalior and every morning on the way to school we passed by the statue of Rani Lakshmibai, popularly known as Jhansi Ki Rani. Rani Lakshmibai is one of the most remembered leaders of the rebellion of 1957. On May 10, 1857 the…

  • Accidental Eveteasing and Other Mythical Beasts

    Accidental Eveteasing and Other Mythical Beasts

    This post is in reply to the letter “Locutus83” Sent to Blank Noise [Click here to Read it] asking some very honest and fundamental questions. I loved his honesty, openness and willingness to be wrong. This is also, partially, in response to the general riff raff and chit chat I have come across on various…

  • Has Feminism failed Women?

    Feminism is failing in the war against women says Virginia Haussegger in a thought provoking article. She writes There is a totalizing ideology on the march across the world, and it’s anti-women. This is not about religion, piety or virtue. Rather it’s about misogyny and a global war against women. It’s about the rights and…