What is Real Feminism?

Feminism is the theory of political, economic, and social equality of the sexes, also known as ~gender equality~. It is a simple notion that women are people, and they are equal. It isn’t asking for anything but equal rights and opportunities. However, more often than not, its meaning gets manipulated by male chauvinists to indicate that it’s a moment meant to demean men, which is so not the case.

In no way does it mean that we hate our men. Men of quality support equality. Both conscious and unconscious gender bias is rampant within us, and to get rid of it, we need to come to terms with the fact that we are the problem, but we are the solution.

Thousands believe in equal rights but find “feminism” a word and a movement that doesn’t align with their personal believes or values. May I ask them why is that? Don’t we have a word for everything in this world? In what way could a word that is just conveying its meaning be offending to someone? You believe in equality but not in feminism is a catastrophe because they aren’t mutually exclusive. It’s common sense. It just asks women to be placed on the same level as men, neither higher nor lower, and get the same treatment in both positive and negative situations.

It strives to shine a light on the deep-rooted patriarchy and misogyny embedded in our society and provides ways to fix it. It is essential that your feminism is intersectional and doesn’t exclude people based on their religion, race, and socio-economic status. It needs to be for everyone and not categorically for the people you like or dislike. A big part of feminism is letting women do whatever the hell they want to. This includes supporting them when they want to become the president and supporting them when they don’t want to work and stay home. Personally, it means not giving the reigns of my life to a male simply because I’m a woman and he’s a man; To get disrespected and not have my opinion heard because of my gender; to not have a seat at the table because of my gender. All of this doesn’t make any sense, especially in the 21st century, because any given woman possesses as much power and potential as any man does. And to that section of people at the back who couldn’t care any less about this because they simply don’t see the discrimination and injustice going around, you must either have buttons for eyes or are simply blinded by the amazing combination of your extreme faux notion and idea of equality on the outside and your inner male superiority complex. Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.

As the glorious Letty Cottin Pogrebin’s rightly said, “When men are oppressed, it’s a tragedy, but when women are oppressed, its tradition”. And in my humble opinion dumping that tradition out of the park is exactly what feminism is about.

Written by – Radhika Ahuja

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Warli – The voice of local

We see that now-a-days “local” has been getting a lot of importance. Support local, go local, local for vocal and so many other sayings is what we are hearing frequently. Ever heard about local form of art?

Warli painting is one such art form. Warli painting is a tribal art form of the people residing in the Northern region of Maharashtra. To be more specific in location, its in the northern Sahyadri range. This range encompasses cities such as Dahanu, Talasari, Jawhar, Palghar, Mokhada, and Vikramgad of Palghar district. The tribal art was originated in Maharashtra, where it is still practiced today. This is the specialty of the tribal and local people, they never leave their art nor do they forget their culture.

They greatly respect nature and wildlife for the resources that they provide for life. Warli artists use their clay huts as the backdrop for their paintings. These are similar to how ancient people used cave walls as their canvases. The material used is quite simple to make this warli art. The Warli only paint with a white pigment made from a mixture of rice flour and water, with gum as a binder. A bamboo stick is chewed at the end to give it the texture of a paintbrush. Thus giving a perfect blend onto the base prepared using the red bricks.

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Interesting, right? Keep reading to know more about this amazing art form.

  1. Coca-Cola India launched a campaign featuring Warli painting in order to highlight the ancient culture and represent a sense of togetherness. The campaign called “Come Home on Deepawali” and specifically targeted the modern youth.
  2. On the occasions like wedding or festivals the walls are painting and decorated by warli pattern.
  3. Warli painting stands amongst the preserved art form among intellectual property rights.
  4. The artistic activity gives warli painting a look of tribal heritage ritual.
  5. Warli paintings covered day-to-day activities of the village people.

This is the power possessed by a local art form. Thus warli painting being an old local tradition is so unique and authentic. This art form is getting extinct. As a citizen it is important for us to understand how important our culture is. The folk culture adds up to the specialty of the place. Let us take a small step ahead and spread a word for the local art form.

Written by Sonali Sharma.

How much are we concerned about “Depression?”

Sometimes we need to pretend; sometimes, we need to smile while there’s a storm going on inside us, and we find it difficult to express it with the fear of being judged.  In this generation of fake smiles, it’s hard to know what’s going on inside somebody. Many lauds about depression, many suggest to reach out, check on your fellow people. But the question is, if somebody is not feeling free to disclose about their mental state, how will you know? Why do we need to hide things? Why we find it difficult to reach out to others? And the ultimate answer is ‘Us!’ We are the only ones who have made an environment where we are spreading knowledge about how to be strong, saying, “It’s your own fight, and you only have to lead it.” But we always forget that one becomes strong from being weak, so why can’t we tell “It’s OK to be weak, it’s OK to cry, and it’s OK to let it out.” In the competition of being strong, we forget to adore the weak, and then the result is “I need to be strong, I need to smile to show I’m so POSITIVE,” whereas we are completely broken from inside instead of healing, we all are pretending. In a world where we have so many friends to say-from school, college, virtual platforms but do we have that one friend to whom we can literally reach out and say, “I’m not OK!”  Many say I am always there to help you out, but how many of us would understand somebody’s personal problems? Nobody would come to you so easily and say, “See, I’m suffering through this and this problem.” The truth is you can’t understand it in the first place. But can’t we make the people in our life feel that we are always with them, we will be there for them, if they ever need a shoulder to lean on, ours will always be there for them.  To your close ones, make them feel that you are always with them and how important they are to you. Nothing will change, but they will know at least someone is there. In this world of fake smiles, it needs the courage to open up and tell, “I am a weak person who’s learning to be strong, not pretending!” 

Sometimes a point comes in everybody’s life that from inside you break down. You lose that happiness to live each moment of your life, you feel the change in yourself, and you find it hard to hide your tears from others. You don’t feel the mood to do what you did once with huge interest, and you feel worthless. But that’s not the end of your life, that’s the test of time, and you have to be the winner of it. Come out and fight. Believe that you are more powerful than the situation. Some people will change. They don’t care about which phase you are going through. People will change so, do you? But you are not weak. Forgive others and move on, sing, dance, and eat whatever you want. Share your problems with the ones who really care about you and are there to listen but don’t sit idle and end up blaming yourself. From your pain others will not be affected, you are destroying yourself. Just remember you are better than this and have a long way to go. Prove yourself and prove to others! In our country, almost 90per cent of the population is suffering from depression. You cannot predict, but from inside you can also be affected by depression. I don’t know why we take it as an extreme case, why we take it as a serious matter, yes!! It can be serious if we don’t try to get rid of it.

Sometimes it becomes a major case that we need a counselor, but all the time it’s not that easy to share it with others because, as I said, we don’t understand it and make it a big issue that time we only have to become our supporters because if we don’t generate that will power within ourselves that ”Yes, I have to get out of this anyhow” we can’t cure ourselves. Sometimes our closed ones become our strength, become our pillars, which cures us in a faster way. Do whatever you like to do but understand it before it takes you under its control. It’s not a disease that should be diagnosed it’s a mental condition that it may happen to anyone; it can be you or me. There are conditions you will feel like the most worthless person. Many will judge my words as useless but the ones who have felt it can understand it properly, and I am one of them. I went to those hard phases. Just remember that it’s not a serious matter it may happen to anyone due to pressure of studies, pressure from family, or the surrounding situations that may affect you. Love yourself that nobody could hurt you that’s the best solution for everything.

Written by – Sukanya Chanda