Hypermasculinity – Sometimes It’s Not All About The Girls

16th December 2012. A 23-year old student was not just gang-raped but tormented and beaten in the most barbaric way possible on a moving bus. The date marked a milestone for the Indian society and its headstrong women protesting justice across India that also garnered international attention and support for anti-rape crimes. The aftermath of the incident sparked off an...

Cycling in Singapore

As both a cyclist and a driver, I feel inclined to speak out about the contentious issue over cycling in Singapore. While another debate over whether or not cyclists should be restricted to pedestrian footpaths would seem like mere repetition, given the tedium we already get from newspapers, blogs, Twitter etc, I would like to share some interesting and...

138 – 120 – 101 – 187 – 107

When I first started taking the bus, I wondered why my mother – in her modest teacher’s saree – kept her pota wrapped around her and excessively alert. Why she asked me, in my innocent school uniform, to be careful. Fast-forward a few years to me taking the bus home after my first day at work. Sitting on the 187...

Swarna Mallawarachchi And The “Femininity Cinema”

The history of a film industry can best be traced through the evolution of its actors. Going by this truism, the industry here has more or less shifted from Rukmani Devi to Pooja Umashankar, both of whom have been identified as veritable stars and both of whom have pandered to the commercial strains of the most expensive art-form the...

Pre-Marital Sex & The Brown Society – A Virgin Attempt

Let’s be honest, no amount of Google keywords, music videos, celebrity accounts or Friday night gatherings can honestly justify the quintessential truth to whether pre-marital sex will be widely accepted in the Brown society. A virgin attempt at picking it apart, allow me to try. Forget about asking the older generation about pre-marital sex, the mention of wanting to talk...

Depression; Make A Difference

I have written on this topic before – a preview of my own story two years ago on my blog.  I wrote about it when I realised that I have depression, and so here I’ve decided to do a follow-up on that. We have come to a time where depression is openly discussed and our society is currently fairly aware...

The Blatant Errors In The Fight for LGBTQ Rights In Sri Lanka

I recently got into a little Facebook tiff with a mutual friend. Well, that occurs on a daily basis (not sorry), but this particular comment war got me thinking. With the sudden but much overdue discussion concerning the issue of LGBTIQ rights flooding the newsfeed of most Sri Lankans, it wasn't much of a surprise that this was the...

Why Choose To Hate When You Can Love Instead?

I was at an event organized by UNAIDS, Sri Lanka to commemorate World AIDS Day. One part of the event was entertainment while the other was the handing over of certificates and awards in appreciation of the work done by various people, including activists, media, artistes and medical professionals. When an activist was asked to come to the stage to...

Racism: More Than Just a Taboo

Having lived my entire life in Singapore, it has no doubt been a blessing to stay in a country where being out at 3am is still relatively safe as compared to some other countries. The food, the safety, the fines, the people – these make Singapore unique. And as much as some things infuriate – we are known to...

Male Chauvinism Today

He stared at me from across the table while I sipped on my wine. “You dress quite provocatively for an Indian girl. Drawing too much attention.” Neither did I know I walked around with a label, nor did my body scream for attention through my dress. Bearing a major brunt of imbalance between the genders has been a battle in the society...

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