“Can women be fully empowered without partly disempowering men?”

Rukhmabai Raut,1864-1955, was the first woman to practice medicine in British India. She was also the first woman to oppose the institution of child marriage, herself having been married off to a nineteen-year-old Dadaji Bhikaji at the age of eleven. When taken to court, Rautdeclared that she preferred to stay in jail for six months… Read more »

Waiting for her Knight: Gender Stereotypes in Fairytales

Our childhoods are drenched in pretty princesses, courageous knights, evil witches and magical creatures. Fairytales are oftenthe very first kind of literature that young readers are acquainted with, andas such, the first place where children first encounter the differences between “male” and “female”. Why do we give books to children? Common answers to that question… Read more »

Can women be fully empowered without disempowering men?

This topic brought to my mind two opposing pieces of literature that I had recently read – a book called Princess about life of a Saudi princess, another an article on the domestic life of boxing champion Mary Kom. They could not be more poles apart. I will primarily be talking about the book and… Read more »

Can women be fully empowered without partly disempowering men?

Anusha and her younger brother, Aniket, were on an equal playing field. Besides the elementary awareness that Anusha was a girl and Aniket was a boy, the siblings grew up in an ecosystem that was gender blind. In their formative years at home, both had neatly defined roles in sharing domestic chores. While Aniket made… Read more »

“Can women be fully empowered without partly disempowering men?”

Rukhmabai Raut,1864-1955, was the first woman to practice medicine in British India. She was also the first woman to oppose the institution of child marriage, herself having been married off to a nineteen-year-old Dadaji Bhikaji at the age of eleven. When taken to court, Rautdeclared that she preferred to stay in jail for six months… Read more »

There is A Prayer in This Mouth That You Have Not Heard

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.”  Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own   i) my grandmother tells me she studied English in hiding. i picture her: spectacled, saree-clad, bent over a textbook that promised freedom, her fingertips warm with the soft impressions of household spices… Read more »

Can women be fully empowered without partly disempowering men?

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines “empowerment” as the process of giving a group of people more freedom or rights. The power and influence which men boast of having today has actually been handed down to them because women chose to remain silent for hundreds of years. This power that was given to men by women… Read more »

Can women be fully empowered without partially dis-empowering men?

The question of the extent of women’s empowerment is a typical one bugging liberals who live on the thin border that separates the land of true feminists, who believe in absolute equality between genders, and that of radical feminists, who wish the ongoing age of feminism would lead to a form of female monopoly in… Read more »