Articles by The Ladies Finger
Apr 23, 2017
Dev DD: An unimaginative portrayal of an empowered female protagonist by ALTBalajiYou might want to hold back the applause for this apparent smashing of inhibitions and norms, because the duniya of feminism in Dev DD is actually a massive bore.
Apr 22, 2017
Why Noor doesn't live up to its source material, 'Karachi You're Killing Me!', or its protagonist AyeshaIf you’ve read Karachi, You’re Killing Me! Noor (played by Sonakshi Sinha) will make you desperately wonder why she cannot be like Ayesha, who obviously loves writing and her work intensely
Apr 17, 2017
Triple talaq row: AIMPLB presenting social boycott as solution reflects its privilegeBoth Salim and Hasina Khan, founder-member of Bebaak Collective, an umbrella of Muslim women’s groups that has previously criticised both triple talaq and the AIMPLB’s patriarchal statements
Apr 15, 2017
Begum Jaan's message about rape and its survivors is deeply troubling: Here's whyBegum Jaan isn’t so much a testament to headstrong women fighting their ground as it is a thoroughly misguided insinuation that certain kinds of sacrifice are more powerful and honourable than others. And that the alternative — of being raped and surviving rape — is worse than death.
Apr 11, 2017
Kaatru Veliyidai: What Mani Ratnam gets so wrong in his Aditi Rao Hydari-Karthi starrerAbuse might be the central theme of Kaatru Veliyidai, but Mani Ratnam also taps into his often explored subject of the coming together of two people who don’t normally go together — diametric opposites falling in love
Apr 07, 2017
Vikas Bahl, Kumar Sundaram, Jude Anthany Joseph: Why does the sexism of 'liberal' men surprise us?We are shocked, totally shocked, that a man who made Queen or the man who ran Tehelka or the man who revived dastangoi or a man who worked on nuclear non-proliferation or a man who chronicled Dalit liberation could molest a woman. But should we be?
Apr 06, 2017
Why most women are afraid of financial autonomy and leave the money talk to menWhere would women learn to talk money? It doesn’t happen at home.
Apr 06, 2017
Kishori Amonkar's legacy: How Tai bridged classical music for us allKishori Amonkar's qualities of standing up for the respect her art deserved, and being unafraid to infuse emotion with technique, are her legacy to the next generation of Hindustani musicians
Apr 01, 2017
Poorna Malavath: 'My reason for climbing Mt Everest was to prove girls can achieve anything'The first time Poorna Malavath saw Mount Everest, she turned to her coach and said cheerfully, “It’s not that tall. We can climb it in a day.” She was 13 years old.
Mar 30, 2017
There's nothing 'superwoman' about Lilly Singh's new book; her Youtube videos are more inspiringIn her book, Lilly Singh spells out recipes for depression, like “have fewer emotions” unless you’re at a wedding, a funeral, or a kid’s graduation—because emotions are messy.