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So Many Feminisms: Let’s Talk Hatred, #MeToo & Inclusivity 

Feminists answer three questions.

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LR: Divya Kandukuri, Manisha Mashaal, Hasina Khan 
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‘Feminist’ is a word people are still afraid of identifying with. While the movement simply asks for equality amongst all regardless of what gender they identify with, the world has somehow turned it into a negative idea. The result? Feminists are now “Feminazis”. The vilification of anti-patriarchy movements seems to be a way to keep patriarchy alive and thriving.

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Recently at the #SoManyFeminisms feminist conclave, we spoke to Divya Kandukuri of ‘Anti Caste Cat’ about the #MeToo movement. She pointed out a problem with caste and how movements like these are not inclusive. She pointed out:

When Raya Sarkar came out with a list, all these Menons and Krishnans called it a witch hunt. The second wave was hailed as THE #metoo movement. I want to know, what is the difference?
Divya Kandukuri
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Activist Hasina Khan pointed out similar problems, and hoped for reforms in sexual harassment laws. She demanded inclusivity at the rural level, and defined feminism as the need to question all oppression regardless of where it happens.

Activist Manisha Mashaal pointed out the importance of Feminism today. She said:

For too long the story of Dalit women has been written by someone else. Feminism for me will change that narrative, and we will say our own words in our own voices.
Manisha Mashaal
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While the misjudgement and misunderstanding around feminism continues, there is also an internal battle to make the movement as inclusive as possible. Dalit, and transgender women are speaking out demanding a voice, and it is time to pass the mic and let them talk.

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