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Have you ever smoked a cigarette? Eaten too much? Had breasts? Well, you, my friend, are a bad girl... or at least that’s what these 12 illustrations tell us. Furqan Jawed, an undergraduate design student at one of Bangalore’s Srishti Schools of Art, created this satirical poster to draw attention to India’s treatment of crimes against women, and unfortunately his examples aren’t far from the truth. In India victim blaming is often the norm, and a woman's behavior is frequently considered the cause of assaults against her. Read More
In December of 2012, a 23-year-old woman got on an off-duty bus in India with a male friend. Six men aboard the bus subsequently beat her friend, and after he was incapacitated, gang raped her. After each man assaulted her, they beat her with an iron instrument, which resulted in internal injuries so severe she passed away.  Leslee Udwin, reporting for BBC, went to Delhi to document the case and interviewed one of the rapists, Mukesh Singh. He was the driver of the bus and claims that, despite what the prosecution claims, he drove the bus for the entirety of the attack. Read More
Today, Pakistan suffered one of the bloodiest attacks the country has faced in years. Taliban gunmen entered a military-run school in Peshwar, killing a total of 141 people, 132 innocent children and 9 staff. The gunmen, who dressed in military uniform and suicide vests, entered the school and began to open fire at students. Pakistani police have said that all seven gunmen involved have been killed. President Obama has released a statement saying, "The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. Read More
In Norah Shapiro’s documentary, Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile, a Tibetan-American teenageer leaves home in Minnesota, dons a bikini and high heels, and heads to Dharamsala, India to vie for the crown of Miss Tibet. The film follows Tenzin Khecheo on an unusual search for her “Tibetan-ness” by way of a western-style beauty pageant staged by an eccentric impresario in the Indian region home to the exiled Tibetan government. Personally, I have a certain reaction to beauty pageants that is totally cliched feminist. Read More
In sex ed I was taught about menstruation. I was sent home with sanitary napkin samples and tampon samples wrapped in cheery, bubbly packaging that was excitedly embellished with glitter and hot pink. I was given the same information every single year, so that I honestly had no excuse if I didn’t know what to do by the time my period rolled around. This is common in the United States. But as the documentary film, Menstrual Man (2014, available on Vimeo) highlights, the attitudes surrounding menstruation are very different and much less positive in India. Read More
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