Twenty-two year old Masters student who devours unhealthy amount of pop culture on a daily basis. Occasionally writes (bad) poetry and fanfiction and has too many feelings about fictional characters. Also a raging queer, in addition to being a raging feminist.

August 7, 2016

Representation of women in the media is a key feminist issue. The erasure of women from the media and pop culture, the complete silencing of the female voice and perspective, has had long standing and drastic implications for women globally.Simply put, representation refers to the act of seeing yourself and your identity reflected back at you. It includes the need to identify with a character, fictional or real, to idolize them, to follow their example or mold one's life choices around the perceived qualities of one's favorite characters. Representation can refer to something as small as seeing someone who looks and behaves like you while having larger implications such as having your gender, race or your belief system validated.

March 9, 2016

Transmisogyny is a phenomenon that is hardly discussed outside academic or activist circles, despite how disturbingly common it is. In fact, when I mention the word 'transmisogyny', I invariably have to explain what the term means. The short answer is that it is the intersection of transphobia and misogyny, and a form of discrimination and violence which specifically targets trans women.

September 13, 2015

Like gender, sexuality also doesn't function as a binary, A person isn't either 'straight' or 'gay'. There are a plethora of sexual orientations out there, which the Kinsey Scale somewhat tries to map. It is important to note that, though the discourses of gender and sexuality are intertwined in many ways, one's sexuality is mutually exclusive to one's gender.

September 4, 2015

To many, the terms 'gender' and 'sex' are interchangeable. The terms are so common that they are rarely contested, and yet, it is extremely important to know how drastically different the two are.

August 18, 2015

A couple of days back, I came across an interesting Funny or Die sketch, where actors Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg staged a mock interview swapping questions which they often get asked during Hollywood press junkets.While the questions Jesse recalls being usually asked are on the lines of "did you have to bulk up for this role", "can you do impressions?", "what's your favourite prank you played on set?"; Kristen's questions are hardly so innocuous. Her questions range from "who is your favourite designer?" to "are you pregnant, though? Is that why you're keeping things hidden under your clothes?" to "is it embarrassing when your boobs spill out of a dress accidentally?"