My Thoughts on Aziz

With the recent news about Azis Ansari, I have had conflicting thoughts and emotions about “Grace’s” (name changed) account of her experience and Aziz’s response to it. I’ve read commentary on both sides of the debate, and yet more commentary toeing the line between the two sides. I think that is where the discomfort stems….

Priya’s Shakti: Gender Crimes Awareness Through a Comic Book

I’ve written numerous times about India’s rape problem (here, here, here). Ever since the brutal rape and murder of Jyoti Singh Pandey in December 2012, numerous stories of rape and mistreatment of women have made it into the global media. The spotlight has been turned on India and it is still shining, slowly burning through the…

Aziz Ansari Feminism

My husband and I recently watched Aziz Ansari’s latest stand-up routine on Netflix and I have a newfound respect for this brother from another mother. I think this is actually the first stand-up of his I had seen, and it definitely makes me want to go back and watch more! I only really got to…

India’s Daughter

Watch India’s Daughter It has been just over two years since the brutal rape of Jyoti Singh Pandey in India. Although certainly not the first of its kind to have occurred to a girl in that country or any other country, it was the first to shed international light and criticism of the poor treatment of women in…

I Hope I Have Sons, But Not For The Reasons You Think

In much of the world, having a son is far more favored than having a daughter. I can only speak for India based on my cultural understanding of the country of my family’s origin, where in many parts, girls are aborted or even killed after birth because they would bring financial burden to their families….

She Rises

At the intersection of Orleans Avenue and Jefferson Davis, stopping at a red light sparks contemplation.

International Women’s Day

“No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a party that ignores her sex.” [Susan B. Anthony] March 8 was International Women’s Day. This post is a bit delayed because although this is a 102-year-old observance, I only learned of it on Friday and wanted to learn more. IWD began as a…

One Billion Rising on V-Day

Two months ago, the horrific gang rape of a young woman from New Delhi sparked protest and anger around the world. Violence against women is rampant in every society, but most of the cases are brushed under the rugs of ignorance and political repugnance. I am still surprised that the Delhi case became a worldwide…

For Jyoti Singh Pandey

This is a poem I wrote several years ago. It resonates with me each time a tragic headline or untold personal story of a woman comes to the surface. Today, I dedicate it to Jyoti Singh Pandey, may your brave and strong soul find moksha. We Are My first lesson in gender inequality Came at…

International Day of the Girl Child

“Women have a special capacity to lead us to a more peaceful world with compassion, affection and kindness. And there is no more important time for that than this moment.”    [The Dalai Lama] 10.11.12. Today is the very first UN International Day of the Girl Child. The holiday was formed in December 2011 by…