The saying—the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach—reflects how intricately aligned the notion of nurture and care is to cooking and how the same is perceived as one of woman’s foremost objectives in life. Patriarchal societies that otherwise set limits on the aspirations of women dares not to mess with the freedom she enjoys in the kitchen, for it is highly convenient for men to evade such a monotonous task.
While an average educated woman is aware how exploitative patriarchy can be, awareness doesn’t always translate to emancipation. Some might want to avoid confrontation, while others find a strange joy in being owned and dictated in day-to-day matters, provided they feel needed and cocooned with care.
A little disgruntled with Swara Bhasker’s deranged “Vagina” comment on SLB’s magnum opus, I am curious to know what, in the name of feminism, is she doing to better the lives of numerous oppressed women, when not busy making unsavoury tippani no one cares about. Not only were the allegations of sexual misconduct levelled by her on the show’s producer disregarded, a two-year long ban on Shilpa was imposed, thereby warning all actresses against exposing their assaulters, if any.
That Bollywood is a highly male dominated industry is an understatement. From churning out films that have reduced heroines to nothing more than sex objects, and writing lyrics and dialogues that reek of sexism, to the huge pay gap between male and female actors in the industry, Bollywood has always relegated its female stars to the back burner. While earlier actresses were mostly content with their roles of playing second fiddle to actors, many of today’s actresses are standing up to their rights, and fighting against the male chauvinism that prevails in the industry.We take a look at Bollywood’s brave women who have taken on the rampant gender bias that exists both within the industry and outside.Pics courtesy: wikimedia commons – bollywoodhungama.com and Yogen Shah
While bets were on Lady Gaga to get political during her half time performance, the Schuyler Sisters beat her to it.
Kangana Ranaut recently attended India Today’s event Mind Rocks 2016 and spoke on bullying, her accent as well as her views on feminism. “While feminism is a more oestrogen dominated emotion, it is about everything that deals with humanity.
When our domestic help plucked her daughter out of school to put her in a job at our neighbor’s, keeping her son’s education secured, though too little to cast an influence on anyone’s decision, her arbitration left me baffled for the longest time. But I had grown old enough to exercise dominance and rescue my cousin from getting forced into an early marriage, despite her spectacular academic accolades and glorious ambitions. That was when, turning almost my entire clan against me, I earned myself the label of a ‘feminist’. ...
After last year's "flatgate" at the Cannes Film Festival, Susan Sarandon made a statement by wearing flats on the red carpet this year.
I am a proud mother of three sons, and a guilty mother of a daughter. Guilty, because I couldn’t conceive her as a son. Had I conceived her as a son, she could have seen the brightest ray of the sun, and I could have beheld its gleaming reflection through her eyes. I detest those who propagate education for the well-being of women, and condemn poverty as the root cause of their persecution in this country. These factors were never central to any explanation of misogyny. The main reason behind such behavior is rooted in an individual’s mentality, his upbringing. ...
Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Photo: Everett Collection My 22-year-old brother attended a midnight screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on opening day. A big fan of the franchise — along with a few other million people (the film broke multiple box office records, bringing in $517 million worldwide in just one weekend) — he called me to dish the next day. He ranks it as the second best Star Wars of all time behind Empire Strikes Back, has “mad respect” for J.J.
Sweden might be giving its 16-year-old girls copies of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s feminist manifesto, but New York City’s hot on the country’s heels—quite literally—when it comes to promoting gender equality.
One of the many Art Basel fetes that took place on Tuesday night included the opening of “No Man’s Land” at the Rubell Family Collection where one couldn’t help but feel the collective surge of girl power in the air. The evening, which was cohosted by W Magazine and Roberto Cavalli, celebrated the works of 150 female artists ranging from the established (Cindy Sherman, Elizabeth Peyton) to the new gals on the block (Jennifer Giudi, Silke Otto-Knapp).
Kathleen Hanna, riot grrrl icon and lead singer of bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, is back — with a music video about eating makeup, in which she portrays a giant makeup compact that eats a man. ‘90s nostalgia is at a peak high, as we’ve seen with colorful mascara, crop tops, and vamp lipstick, but some of the most distinct aspects of the ‘90s were the strange, underground movements that rebelled against the status quo. Hanna worked on this video with the frontman of punk band Hunx and Punx, Seth Bogart — next year, he plans to work on a bigger musical project with Hanna, Rookie’s Tavi Gevinson (a riot grrrl enthusiast even though she was born in 1996), and other counterculture musicians. The cinematography has a low budget feeling with the props being constructed by papier-mâché and is almost reminiscent of the late ‘80s/early ‘90s cult TV show “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.” While we’re not prone to eating makeup — except in the inevitable case when our lip gloss gets licked off — this video is about the power of makeup and beauty come to life.
Women’s Social and Political Union Exhibition stand, probably at Claxton Hall during the Women’s Parliament in February 1908. (Photo: Christina Broom/Museum of London) Today, the film Suffragette is released in the United States, bringing the story of the women who fought for the right to vote in the United Kingdom back into the forefront of our pop cultural dialogue. The Prisoners’ Pageant in 1910, including key members of the WSPU Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, Sylvia Pankhurst and Emily Wilding Davison, themselves former prisoners. (Photo: Christina Broom/Museum of London) Broom didn’t just take photos of suffragettes — she also became the official photographer to the army, entering their most intimate spaces and capturing their daily lives.
My note this morning was ‘Wake up gorgeous!’” UFC champion Ronda Rousey says. “And sometimes it’s ‘Get up champ!’ So the first thing I see in the morning is a motivating compliment.” There’s no doubt that the boxer is strong, physically, but she also understands the strength that comes with exercising her mental muscle—it’s those positive meditations, beliefs and actions that help carry Rousey, 28, through. “My mantra? ‘No one has the right to beat me.’ It’s not something that I repeat.
Gloria Steinem holding a protest sign (for a LIFE photoshoot) in the ‘60s. (Photo: Instagram) In the newest edition of the Lenny Letter this morning, Lena Dunham, who will be producing a new HBO comedy called Max about second-wave feminism, interviewed “founding mother of second-wave feminism, an ally to the civil-rights movement, and a proponent of intersectional activism” Gloria Steinem. During the interview, Dunham admitted that “I feel the happiest I’ve ever been” speaking with Steinem. Of course, the interview wouldn’t be a Dunham experience without some confessions (although we wish they were juicier).
There’s a reason Jennifer Lawrence hasn’t publicized her views on feminism (which is surprising considering part of charm is she doesn’t seem to have a filter). She explained in Lenny Letter, Lena Dunahm and Jenni Konner’s new feminist newsletter, that her reasoning stems from the fact that she hates trends (again, shocking because she’s one of the trendiest girls out there).
Supermodel Cindy Crawford, shot by legendary fashion photographer Herb Ritts, on the July 1988 cover of Playboy. For 62 years, the men’s lifestyle publication well known for its nude centerfolds, has played with the trope, “I read Playboy for the articles.” It has published authors like Arthur C. Clarke, Chuck Palahniuk, Haruki Murakami, Ian Fleming, and yes, feminist Margaret Atwood. It was where Jimmy Carter admitted to cheating on his wife, Metallica admitted to being dysfunctional, and John Lennon granted his last interview — which was published when he was murdered. As reported by The New York Times, in 2013, Playboy made its website “suitable for work” (SFW) in order to draw attention to its quality content and to separate itself from other men’s magazines like Penthouse.
Award shows or Oval office, Kerry Washington’s style never falters. With the help of stylist Erin Walsh, the Scandal actress has earned what might be an unmatched reputation for looking the best while taking fashion risks. She might rotate Prada and Balenciaga on the red carpet, but Washington swears she favors sweatpants at home. “I really admire and respect those woman who don’t go down that road,” she tells Yahoo Style contributor Amanda De Cadenet of the loungewear that’s largely taboo among women in Hollywood.