Archanaa Seker

Magalir Mattum, and little acts of courage that feminists dismiss

I had a ‘to write or not to write’ dilemma after I watched Director Bramma’s Magalir Mattum that stars Bhanupriya, Jyothika, Urvashi, and Saranya.

03 Oct 2017

Culture, consent, and conversations around rape

Mahmood Farooqui, co-director of the film Peepli Live, was sentenced to seven years in jail by a trial court for the rape of a US researcher.

26 Sep 2017

Why ask actresses if they’re feminists?

Am I a feminist? I don’t know.

19 Sep 2017

A Feminist Manifesto for the media

At the recently concluded Asia Pacific Feminist Forum held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, a feisty bunch of resisters, persisters and sisters (as the participants of the forum proudly called themselves) got

12 Sep 2017

In memory of Madras and medicine

A movement to bring down the statue of James Marion Sims is escalating in the part of the world that has just witnessed a coast-to-coast solar eclipse.

22 Aug 2017

A monologue for social change

American activist Naomi Ackerman’s mission is to utilise theatre as a tool to promote social justice for women.

05 Aug 2017

All the world in a play

lThe sixth edition of Short and Sweet Theatre Festival came to a close recently and Chennai was treated to a smorgasbord of talent lJury members tell CE that there is no winning formula and they look

01 Aug 2017

The faces behind 10 minutes of drama

The Short and Sweet Theatre Festival has 70 plays and twice the number of actors, directors and writers for us to see.

27 Jul 2017

Is there a recipe to get sure shot screen time?

After my millionth web page refresh and a bunch of desperate tweets, it dawned upon me that Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha (LUMB) was not getting the opening it deserved in Chennai.

25 Jul 2017

70 plays, 10 mins each... all in July

Through July, the Alliance Francaise of Madras has been buzzing with activity, all thanks to the Short and Sweet Theatre festival organised by Prakriti Foundation, Blue Lotus Foundation and the Allian

23 Jul 2017

Ladies, please choose care over chore

Two women I know have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last few months. They are both in their 50’s; they are also full time wives and mothers.

04 Jul 2017

Get on that bicycle, put on your yoga pants and be the rebel girl

Have you heard of the ‘bicycle face’? It was a disease made up in the late 19th century to dissuade women from riding bicycles.

23 May 2017

I am beautiful...my body, face & skin colour have nothing to do with it!

Tag a friend’ memes are the rage on Facebook this week. Sigh.

02 May 2017

I am beautiful...my body,face and skin colour have nothing to do with it!

Tag a friend’ memes are the rage on Facebook this week. Sigh.

25 Apr 2017

The male-female divide even in art

A large expanse of red, models made from the local coir, a mirrored spinning cylinder that raises questions of normal vs abnormal, a library card cabinet telling the untold stories of Sri Lanka, every

21 Mar 2017

#yesallwomen until answers are all ‘No’

What I was afraid would get sidelined in all the Oscar Award awe was the ‘Grim Version’ of the personal slams. Thankfully, the slams survived the surplus of cine-chatter and literally ‘stole the show’

01 Mar 2017

Stalking: Romantic or traumatic?

A panel organised in the city recently discussed issues on the topic, like how pop media validated stalking as ‘love’. There has been very little understanding on the topic, learns CE.

27 Feb 2017

Where’s the love when V-Day is agenda-driven?

A day to celebrate old love, propose or proclaim new love — for lovers, this is a day to soak in love in its entirety.

15 Feb 2017

Feminism, the brand new marketing aide for all things commercial

An Elle India advertisement that seeks to break stereotypes of how women should behave in public is getting an outpouring of reactions on social media.

07 Feb 2017

Whether you like it or not, women will protest in public spaces...deal with it!

Evvalo thimiru irundha pombalenga rottuku vandhu poraaduveenga!’ screams the recent cover of the Junior Vikatan magazine.

01 Feb 2017

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