10 Bold Artworks That Prove Menstrual Blood Is Nothing To Be Ashamed Of

“Menstrual blood is the only source of blood that is not traumatically induced. Yet in modern society, this is the most hidden blood, the one so rarely spoken of and almost never seen.” So said poet, activist and scholar Judy Grahn, in her seminal book, “Blood, Bread and Roses: How Menstruation Created The World“. And she couldn’t have put it more perfectly. Grahn’s words rang truer than ever when I came across a number of artworks on Instagram. Each of them depicted an experience that was incredibly familiar, and yet somehow never saw the light of day.

The reasons for this secrecy are manifold. We are told to be ashamed of our menstrual blood, we are told not to ‘offend the sensibilities’ of our non-bleeding male relatives by talking about our periods, and what’s worse is that so many of us are denied access to menstrual hygiene products, or we’re taxed extra for it.

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A Decade Of Rainbows: 14 Powerful And Fierce Messages From Delhi Pride

What started out a tiny group of people marching from Regal Cinema in 2008 has today become a massive celebration of all LGBTQ Indians in the heart of the nation. Yes, the tenth annual Delhi Queer Pride has just come to a close, and it was a lovely, vibrant, clamorous occasion, as people came out in hordes to fly the rainbow flag high.

One of the things that we love so much about Pride are the creative, witty, snarky, assertive, colourful posters that bob along over a sea of heads. And we couldn’t not document them for posterity! So here are our picks:

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Autonomy has always been at the centre of LGBTQ rights. Every queer individual should have the final say on what they wish to do with their bodies – be it dressing a particular way, expressing their gender and sexuality, and choosing their partners. Thanks to Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, the community has been denied their right to their own bodies.

It Is Time We Talk About Gender Wage Gap & Encourage Women To Fight For Their Rights

This is no secret to us all that even in the 21st century, there exists a huge wage gap between men and women. For equal work, women get paid lesser than their male counterparts. But this is the tip of the iceberg and fixing the problem requires a much deeper understanding of the issue.
Reebok has begun an important campaign in this regard – Equal Pay – where it is encouraging women to fight for their right.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; so is vulgarity

This Video Highlights A Strange Habit All Indian Women Have Developed & It Needs To Stop Now.
Source - ELLE and WEvolve Global have come up with a wonderfully crafted video which questions the stereotypical ideas of how men and women should behave

Wearing Salwar Kameez Is Not A Crime

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Judging is one of the most overused words nowadays and while some judge directly or indirectly, some spew horrible words. As usual, women are the main target. The world would probably be a little different if we could reduce it on the individual level!

Recently, I came across an advertisement that caught my attention. It was all about not judging a woman. It was an advertisement with a different mindset and which really appealed to me a lot. It was indeed inspiring and empowering lines for every woman, one of which says, “Meri salwar-kameez mujhko behenjee nahein bulatee (My Salwar-kameez doesn’t call me an aunty)” and the salwar-kameez clad girl immediately sits and rides away on her bullet with pride in front of all the so called “modern” people.

I am little unaware if you have ever come across this word “Behanji“. The first time I heard it was during my school and college days. I heard it more often in college as there was no uniform and everybody flaunted their outfits and hairstyles. The word was particularly used for the girls who didn’t have a knack for fashion and style. They missed that “wow” factor in their personality, and in what they wear. Especially the ones who were always seen in typical Indian wears. Though the time has changed a lot in the last two decades but the word “Behanjee” is still there with with more and more fan following.

During these two decades, I had completely forgotten about that word but the powerful lines in advertisement revived my memory. It resonates with me.
I am a Salwar -kameez lover now. Since childhood, I was allowed to wear what I wanted to and, I still, have that freedom of choice. My love for cotton, handloom, and silk started a few years ago. There was the time, before that, when I never wore any Indian outfit till. It was all jeans, trousers and all types of western wear that I loved at that time.


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