Are feminists a bunch of raving extremist bra-burning/stick-wielding women who are out to ‘get back’ at men? Or is a feminist, as Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie puts it in her Ted-Talk, “a person who believes in the social, political, economic equality of the sexes”?
Feminism seems like a relatively new concept in India, but even a brief glance at history could tell you that feminism started long back with the struggle of the suffragists.
With every new wave, the movement has since evolved to become more inclusive of more sections of society .
The woman’s movement’s ability polarise society with protests and other means of activism, to question society’s lack of inclusivity is what makes this movement so appealing.
The students of Oxford and Cambridge University were the first to ask the public, to define, meant to them, in their first “I Need Feminism” campaign, which sparked a trend across universities spanning across countries.
India saw its first ‘I Need Feminism’ campaign at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT) and Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD), organised by Japleen Pasricha and Gaytri Vyas.
We’ve handpicked a few interesting responses from the multitude they received:
Give this man an award, for being nice!
You nailed it for me!
Literally and metaphorically amusing!
Sad, but true.
Be it female-infanticide, acid-attacks, or rapes. We really need to turn this around
Let’s fight till that fine day.
What is it with people and the way, we sit or dress?
Check [x] , in your mind,if :
[ ] You were impressed with his usage of the word “hegemony“.
[ ] You were amused that he got bored.
Simple and to the point.
*Singing Single ladies really loudly…in my head*
(Don’t wait for Prince charming, be able to rescue yourself)
Women should be allowed to talk more openly about their sexuality, without being bashed for it.
It’s a woman’s world too!
Harassment needs to stop.
Are you feeling bad that you missed an opportunity to express your views on feminism? Then show your solidarity by participating in the online version of the ‘I Need Feminism’ campaign; park yourself on your favourite sofa, just click a picture, and hit send.
Shruthi Sara is an Editorial Intern with The Alternative. The Alternative editorial internship is a chance for students and working professionals across the globe to work with the magazine’s editors in creating real-time content, photo and video stories and more while exploring the fascinating world of sustainability and social impact as it unfurls around us. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in exploring an internship.