Two Tragedies and a Rising of Social Justice Consciousness

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By Sayantani DasGupta My recent trip to India was marked by two horrific tragedies: one in my home country and another in the country of my family origins. There is very little seemingly in common with a brutal gang rape in New Delhi and an elementary school killing in Connecticut. Except that both have ignited the hearts … [Read more...]

Suit or Sari? On Professionalism and ‘Ethnic’ Dressing

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By Sayantani DasGupta I had the pleasure to attend a women's leadership conference this past weekend. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet innovative and dynamic women from seven different decades, and I was so inspired by much that I saw and heard. But it was a lecture by a popular professor -- an expert in public speaking … [Read more...]

Disfigurement: Isolating ‘Imperfect’ Bodies

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Originally published at Women’s Web. Cross-posted with permission. By Shirin Juwaley Having a facial disfigurement, according to me, is an advantage! It has sieved out the people in my life as only the significant remain. In the 13 years of surviving an acid attack by my ex-husband, I have come across all sorts of attitudes … [Read more...]

Transgender Beauty in India

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By Sharon Haywood For women and men alike, self-image and self-esteem are often intimately linked. For transgender people, positive self-image and high self-esteem can be elusive at best. In India, the combined efforts of activists and businesses attempt to alter this reality via the country's first-ever transgender beauty … [Read more...]