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’. ...
During 2015’s Cannes Film Festival, multiple women were reportedly turned away from screenings for not wearing appropriate footwear. The incident provoked an international conversation surrounding sartorial sexism. Why can men wear comfortable shoes but women are required to endure hours in painful high heels? At the time, Emily Blunt said, “Everyone should wear flats, to be honest,” noting that she prefers Converse sneakers to high heels.“It’s very disappointing, obviously.”Yet despite the negative attention paid to last year’s extravaganza, it’s clear that progress is slow going. The unwritten dress code still stands, with the women following it (most likely for fear of the repercussions if they don’t) and men getting away with wearing whatever they please. This is so clearly illustrated in the juxtaposition between Blake Lively wearing a glamorous red jumpsuit and her co-star Jesse Eisenberg in jeans or Charlize Theron in an embellished minidress posing alongside Sean Penn in chinos and sneakers.Kristen Stewart, noted heel hater, followed the rules — but just long enough to pose for a few photos before slipping into Vans. “Things have to change immediately,” she told Vanity Fair. “It has become really obvious that if [a man and I] were walking the red carpet together and someone stopped me and said, ‘Excuse me, young lady, you’re not wearing heels. You cannot come in,’ then [I’m going to say], ‘Neither is my friend. Does he have to wear heels?’ It can work both ways. It’s just like you simply cannot ask me to do something that you are not asking him. I get the black-tie thing, but you should be able to do either version — flats or heels.”Sexist fashion standards aren’t just a fixture at Cannes. Click through for more, from the Met Gala to ComicCon.Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.
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).
In the new issue of GQ, Cate Blanchett, buzzing for her third Oscar for Carol, explains frankly that she’s tired of attending the same symposiums on gender inequality in Hollywood because the same conversations happen every year without any actual change happening. It just feels like the industry has the same conversation every year, and I think that’s a fabulous conversation,“ she tells GQ. “We’ll be back here like Groundhog Day next year having the same f—— symposium. It just has to shift.”In November at Glamour’s Women of the Year celebrations in New York City, Reese Witherspoon, sometimes dubbed as “America’s Sweetheart,” spoke out against ageism and sexism in Hollywood and beyond. "Like Elle Woods, I do not like to be underestimated,” she said. And recently, at a Funkshion Fashion Week event in Miami, Basic Instinct star and Academy Award-winner Sharon Stone spoke out against the gender wage gap across all industries, becoming the latest addition to the roster of Hollywood actresses who have spoken out against imbalances of pay and opportunity this year. “After Basic Instinct, no one wanted to pay me,” said Stone, as reported by the Guardian. “I remember sitting in my kitchen with my manager and just crying and saying: ‘I’m not going to work until I get paid.’ I still got paid so much less than any men.” This week in Variety, Sandra Bullock also wrote about sexism and income disparity in Hollywood. “[T]here are a lot of outspoken, narcissistic actors like myself who are very happy to talk about the issue and keep it alive,” she wrote.The movement to speak out against the Hollywood wage gap started at the end of 2014, when leaked Sony emails revealed that A-list actress and Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence was getting paid less than her American Hustle co-stars. (Yes, even the ones without Academy Awards), and gained momentum in mainstream media when Reese Witherspoon and other Hollywood actresses joined The Representation Project’s #AskHerMore project at the Oscars, asking everyone to be aware of double standards in the so-called glamorous entertainment industry. Charlize Theron was even able to negotiate equal pay to her male co-star for the Snow White And The Huntsman sequel. It has been a monumental year for actresses speaking out against the wage gap. Here is a compilation of outspoken cries for change from some of Hollywood’s brightest and boldest in 2015 — who deserve more, and believe you do, too.Related:Rowan Blanchard of ‘Girl Meets World’ Says Social Media Is Fueling the Feminist Revolution#AskHerMore: Why The Questions Shouldn’t Stop at the Mani CamConnie Britton Wants to Talk Feminism, Not Hair
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).