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Pandemic crisis and the tale of a Masculinist Nation

Ever wondered what would the handing of a pandemic crisis by a masculinist nation that failed to prioritize spending on health look like? Images of burning pyres flooding out of crematoriums, top hospitals running to the full capacity, twitter and Instagram flooded with SOS calls for Oxygen supply, people running from pillar to post just …

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Pride Archive: A Chronicle of Queer History and the Birth of Pride Month

“No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us”  – Marsha P. Johnson Pride Month has been celebrated across the globe for several decades now. Every year in June, parades and revelry take to the streets, voices turned high in a celebration of love. Pride however, was born not out of love, …

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‘The Crimson Project’, and the battle against menstrual taboo

The taboo surrounding menstrual hygiene hangs like a dark cloud above India’s head. Sedimentation of generations’ worth of myth, superstition and a general dearth of awareness, specifically in the country’s rural corners, has shrouded the idea of menstruation in societal shame. In an attempt to battle such stereotypes, Enactus SVC took to the streets to …

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OF RAINBOW AND REMEMBRANCE: THE PRIDE MONTH

The taboo surrounding menstrual hygiene hangs like a dark cloud above India’s head. Sedimentation of generations’ worth of myth, superstition and a general dearth of awareness, specifically in the country’s rural corners, has shrouded the idea of menstruation in societal shame. In an attempt to battle such stereotypes, Enactus SVC took to the streets to …

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Queer Conversion Therapy in India- Inception and Aftermath

Even today, conversion therapy is largely used on queer people to, as the urban lingo goes, ‘pray the gay away.’ Quite simply put, ‘queer conversion therapies’ are pseudoscientific practices used to try and change one’s sexual or gender orientation. Stemming from largely homophobic ideals, these ‘therapies’ include psychological, spiritual and physical interventions, always to the detriment to …

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The Myth of Beauty

There are persistent factors that not only confluence but also reinforce each other to generate the myth of beauty. One of the major costs of discrimination on the basis of appearance is the exacerbation of economic and racial inequality. Appearance both reflects and reinforces class privilege. Prevailing beauty standards disadvantage individuals who lack the time …

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#EndSARS Movement: The Role Feminists Played In Its Success

The #EndSARS movement started on the Nigerian Twitter-sphere in 2017 by passionate comrades. The youths were tired of being profiled and treated with disdain by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad who are supposed to protect them from hardened criminals, but instead unleashed their brutality, and extorted a lot of money from them in the process. These …

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Lesbian Pulp Fiction and the Art of Looking

Nearly 80 years after the demise of the genre, the lesbian pulp fiction phenomenon that gripped the mid-20th century seems now both ridiculous and sad. The overbearing melodrama of the novels, rife with love, heartbreak and reconciliations, appear almost comical in retrospect. However, the thought of these women-centric novels being written for a largely male …

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