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.