Finding My Voice, Finally.

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Image: indiangirlsonbikes.blogspot.com* The following was submitted by SMIW contributor Shilpa Sebastian to our campaign #HaveShortsWillSmoke. I live in a progressive and mixed-bag locality of Bangalore with lots of foreign students and expats. It is an area I have lived in on and off for about 6-7 years. I love it here! I can wear shorts […]

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Life of a Woman.

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Image: Aashna The following was submitted by SMIW contributor Aashna Malpani. ** You were three months old when They painted your nursery a bubbly pink and plastered unicorn heads all around the room. The vibrancy would hurt your eyes. They never understood why you cried every night, or how the magical creatures scared you shitless. […]

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Battle of the Bastards: GoT S06 E09 – A Feminist Review.

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Image: pinterest.com The following was written by SMIW’s Bruce Vain. This is a feminist review of Battle of the Bastards – the 9th episode of the 6th and ongoing season of Game of Thrones (GoT) – the hugely popular HBO series based on the equally popular books by George R R Martin. Beware. GoT shredding ahead. Splinter is […]

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An Open Letter to Salman Khan.

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Image: indianexpress.com The following was written by SMIW’s Bruce Vain. Dear Salman, I hope you’re okay. I ask that in all earnest, because I recently read that you said you “felt like a raped woman” after undergoing some grueling training sessions; during the shooting of your upcoming film. When I read that, I was immediately concerned for your […]

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Asking the Right Questions.

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Image: brunchnews.com The following slam poetry was submitted by SMIW contributor Rhea Mahanta to our campaign #HaveShortsWillSmoke. ** A usual thing happened today. I got groped AGAIN! ** While walking back home It was drizzling and dusk had set in A bunch of guys on a bike were speeding Towards me from the opposite direction While […]

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The Big F: A History of Feminism – Part 1.

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Image: newstatesman.com The following is part one ‘The Big F’ – a three part series that offers a quick peek inside the vast, illustrious and tumultuous history of Feminism; around the world and in India – written by SMIW contributor Aishwarya Upreti. The series will present a high level view of the advent, struggle and rise of […]

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#NotAllMen? Well, #YesAllWomen.

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Image: pinterest.com The following was submitted by SMIW reader Bhamini Lakshminarayan. Recently, I shared a Facebook post about a fraudulent banking phone call which devolved even further into threats of sexual violence. I was upset, angry, and bewildered at the state of the world – and it struck me, for the umpteenth time, that I […]

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Who killed Alesha?

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Image: tribune.com.pk “We are sad, but not afraid.” – Mourners at Alesha’s funeral. She succumbed to her gunshot wounds on Wednesday Alesha, a member of the Trans Action Board and the district coordinator of the Transgender Provincial Alliance in Pakistan, was shot six-times on Sunday, 22nd May. Though she was immediately rushed over to Lady […]

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Period Blood isn’t Gross. You are!

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Image: Inayat Dhanda The following was submitted by SMIW reader Inayat Dhanda. Kangana Ranaut very rightly said; “period blood isn’t gross”. I’m proud to bleed. I’m proud that I have the privilege to reproduce and ensure continuity of the human race. I’ve actually wanted to write on this for some time, but thought, people would judge […]

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