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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 ... Read More
In the past, Bollywood actresses, like many Indian women, were dissuaded from speaking about important women's issues like feminism, menstruation, and reproductive rights; however, that has, thankfully, begun to change. Notable actress Parineeti Chopra has used her role in the spotlight to step up and speak about taboo topics concerning women and their lives,  like rape and domestic assault, which often plague the lives of Indian citizens. Chopra's ... Read More
An Indian university erupted in protest early this week, following the failure of administrators to appropriately respond to a student’s report that she was molested during a campus event on Aug. 28. According to reports, students at Jadavpur University, in Kolkata, West Bengal, are boycotting classes after police violently broke up a student blockade early Wednesday morning. Women protestors were “dragged by the hair and groped, and male ... Read More
In case you missed it, a fashion shoot by Indian photographer Raj Shetye made headlines for all the wrong reasons. The photo series depicted a model groped in various positions by men on a bus, and was particularly unsettling because of its eerie resemblance to the tragic 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year old woman on a bus in Delhi.   The shoot garnered some well-deserved backlash, including some from Bollywood music director Vishal Dadlani, ... Read More
A teenage girl took a knife to her uncle in India took action when he tried to rape her for a second time, cutting off his penis.  Trigger warning: the second paragraph of this article includes a potentially triggering description of rape.  The girl, who reports have left unnamed (likely because of the stigma associated with rape), was ill and had been sent to visit her uncle Mahendra Mehta for a cure.  Mehta, a tantrik (one who practices the ... Read More
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