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Misogyny pervades through women-centered media too

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Sitting in a South Delhi restaurant, my ravenous eyes scoured the menu. They caught on to the Bombay Duck and promptly placed the order. As I sat there salivating to the savors of exotic poultry, the waiter plopped down a pile of putrescent fish on the table. After staring disgruntedly at my food-to-be, I had no choice but to butcher my appetite.

Though denied meat, I had been served with a meaty lesson: exteriors lie. One minute you are biting on to a lustrous idea only to discover its hollowness in the next. And that’s exactly how Wonder Woman operates…


History reveals that selfish greed played a bigger role

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These days I have returned to my guilty pleasure of stalking SJW pages on Instagram. With the second wave of the pandemic bulldozing through my hometown you can hardly blame me for reveling in the delights of second-wave feminism. On one such trip down the rabbit hole, I saw something downright weird. Someone seemed to be lauding the kindness of Enlightenment-era white men for launching calls against the death penalty.

The post seemed to hold the wry humanism concocted in 17th century Europe as the force that moved the penal system from execution to imprisonment. It then looked to take…


Why it’s extremely insensitive to believe otherwise

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As a self-diagnosed insomniac, I am all too familiar with the exasperating urge to sleep and the excruciating inability to snooze off. Very often moonlit nights would find me casually strolling through the streets, basking in the stillness of the 2-am atmosphere. Everything changed when I moved to the United States. My friends warned me of the hordes of dangerous ‘homeless’ people that encroached upon the city at night. Pouring in grisly tales of gruesome stabbings and ravenous muggings, they tried to deter me from slipping out at night. Initially, I bought into their fears, largely restricting the frequency of…


Discrimination persists even after a century of adaptations

Source: Horror of Dracula(1958)

Ever since Bram Stoker’s iconic novel, there’s been no turning back for the Count. Withstanding countless adaptations, his story continues to populate our collective imagination. Dracula can be accredited for flooding our pop culture with a fascination for vampires. From Edward Cullen to Stefan Salvatore, the fanfare for vampires runs so deep that people coughed up the money to endure two hours of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Due to the character’s enormous cultural footprint, it’s imperative to understand how the dread around the Count came to be. There must be something in the Dracula story that has managed to raise…


It is not a remedy for global income inequality

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The recent exposé of the dismal taxes paid by various billionaire moguls has taken the world by storm. People are livid and justifiably so. After the pandemic washed away the topical moneyed magnificence, the world was confronted with its stark wealth inequality. Amidst the outcry over the K-shaped recovery, it is outrageous to learn that magnates like Bezos and Musk dish out shillings in federal income taxes. The collective realization of a broken tax structure is being closely tailed by a flurry of solutions to fix it. Amidst this simmering potpourri of remedies, the call for a wealth tax seems…


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Because I struck a backroom deal with our Aunt Evo

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Oh gosh, don’t we all love Evolution? That willy-nilly godmother that sorts out everyone’s troubles. Be it a short antelope needing a longer neck or a horny bunny wanting a larger phallus — they can all rely on their Aunt Evo to get it done. Sometimes she’s off by a couple of million years, but she does keep her promises. She’s basically like Santa albeit the one paid for by the government.

Recently, I learned something truly amazing about our Aunt Evo. It must have been through one of those grand self-help blogs on Medium and by God they are…


You are really just making it worse for the queer folk

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Another Pride Month winds up. Once again a tide of powerful voices rose up to defend the universal right to love. Each year with a dauntless procession of banners and slogans we inch closer towards dismantling heteronormativity. However, while trying to put out the fire some of us are inadvertently fanning the flames of something much more dangerous. A lot of discourse around queerness these days is focused on reclaiming a sexual identity. And that is exactly where we go wrong because the conflation of sexuality with identity does not further the emancipation we are going for. …


A revolutionary idea that has finally found scientific backing

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Sigmund Freud is probably the emperor of outlandish opinions. The dude literally came up with weird ideas such as phallus envy and the castration complex. Strangely enough, despite all the pseudo-scientific buffoonery, some of his opinions seem to have hit the mark. Be it the importance of childhood in our psychological make-up or the fact that our dreams are connected with our inner experiences, his views seem to find more credence with time. Another such view argued that all people are bisexual. At first, the 20th-century moralists laughed off such a bold claim. …


Even asking for basic equality was once revolutionary

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A recurring theme in today’s media is the utter disapproval of second-wave feminism. Sometimes, it is portrayed as a radical, man-hating movement that does more harm than good. Other times, as a racially myopic congregation that intentionally brushed past intersectionality. While most criticism hurled against 1960s feminists may stick, it cannot discredit the widescale changes their activism ushered into society.

Today, the discourse on feminism is so focused on the micro aspects of equality that we tend to forget the battles waged to clench political and legal equality across the gender spectrum. As we strive towards equality it’s worthwhile to…


Why humans have been cooling off in the recent years

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The last two years have been years of wagging thermometers. Coronavirus seems to have jostled away from the ease of the old world order. Millions have queued up to undergo the mandatory temperature checks for access to the most basic necessities of life. From across the globe, people have hankered over 98.6, a number that has acquired mythic proportions with everyone wanting to stick close to it. While many like to believe that 98.6F represents a sense of normalcy, it turns out it is far from the truth. Recent studies on the human body reveal that we have been cooling…

Shourya Agarwal

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