This post has been self-published on Youth Ki Awaaz by Zaid Quereshi. Just like them, anyone can publish on Youth Ki Awaaz.

The Great Ado about Flirtation with Words !

More from Zaid Quereshi

As there has been an overwhelming narrative abounding across the realm of social media which seems hugely abuzz with a recent occured incident of juvenile delinquency reeked of the reckless affront to the womankind in the most disparaging way , for some it might have again revived the spirit of Feminism and animated them with an impetus to continue their moral crusade against the undue oppression towards women and for others, frankly speaking must have popped up as a shield to protect their supremacist agenda under the garb of feministic advocacy.

As have been for long , now will more be emphatically heard ,
Male chauvinism, sexism , fetishism, sexual objectification, body shaming , Male gaze , misogyny ,
eve teasing , cat calling ,
wolf whistling , kissing noices , upskirting , mansplaining  but we need not to be in perpetual oblivion regarding the fact that it is still all about flirting with words .
No , it is no more , it just perpetuates the ferocious notion of misogyny and sexism , it all just a way to consolidate the pure self interested base of
Pseudo Feminism , though I have not denied the utility of these terms for better comprehension of the whole scenario, however, one remains buoyed up until it outgrows it’s very purpose and when It does so , usually backfire .
That’s exactly what has occurred, which somehow unwittingly has given an ultimate leeway to these sexists and misogynists and unintentionally making them feel more empowered about their wrongdoings but still much attributed to the lethal patriarchal rut of our society because , if everyone jousts for superiority far away for sole purpose of equality, then that forms a basic premise , notwithstanding, this doesn’t not at all justify the act and make it less nefarious and atrocious .

Even the greatest progenitor of feminism Marry Wollstonecraft believed about feminism not just contesting for supremacy over men but just to brought about the equal society where all gender specifically women which have historically been subjected to oppression can easily stand for their very basic right to hold their heads high .
Championing about the social equality and equal opportunities for women shouldn’t be mistaken by exacting a retribution upon mankind as now days pseudo feminists seem engaged in , that is just a theoretically playing with words to exploit it to cast an aspersions on the entire mankind , dismissive of  the very fact what feminism is meant for and may engender the vicious cycle of accentuating more ways to dominate people under the compelling spell .
What ruckus it has been creating , since pseudo feminists and ultra version of that without even caring about a true essence of it , have been intensifying their vested interest and making a huge deal of fortune by it but what has been left behind is the large legion of girls who really need a feministic crutch to lean upon to free themself from oppression they have been reeling under , be it under the guise of religious , political , commercial , cultural interest, etcetera.
What should have been there , seems horribly missing
The sole message of feminism, It had come up in the context of oppression being posed upon women thats why got christened as feminism but it still evinces of eternal emancipation for every single fellow human being who is being denied equal rights and opportunities and that will only be accomplished by impressing upon the masses about the pleasantness of regarding  every fellow human being equal and inculcating the universal value ,most importantly, by bringing about a paradigm shift concerning all ever changing needs of present society , where everyone has practically an easy access to the highly sexualized content  , but paradoxically society seems parrying an open discussion regarding these issues and moreover, still stigmatizing it as a taboo being blindly engrossed in their obstinate parochialism , hence , buttressing the inevitability of clashes .

Striking the balance , must be at priority by dismantling the patriarchy , we must not unconsciously foray into the rapacity of superiority and compromise on the very direction of it , otherwise this moral battle may go counterproductive.

As monologue as it might sound rather quite stupendous theoretically, but can also be such in practical if contemplated effectively .

You must be to comment.

More from Zaid Quereshi

Similar Posts

By Aishwarya Kr

By Rajlakshmi Ghosh

By Slim 36 Nederland

Wondering what to write about?

Here are some topics to get you started

Share your details to download the report.

We promise not to spam or send irrelevant information.

Share your details to download the report.

We promise not to spam or send irrelevant information.

An ambassador and trained facilitator under Eco Femme (a social enterprise working towards menstrual health in south India), Sanjina is also an active member of the MHM Collective- India and Menstrual Health Alliance- India. She has conducted Menstrual Health sessions in multiple government schools adopted by Rotary District 3240 as part of their WinS project in rural Bengal. She has also delivered training of trainers on SRHR, gender, sexuality and Menstruation for Tomorrow’s Foundation, Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Nirdhan trust and Micro Finance, Tollygunj Women In Need, Paint It Red in Kolkata.

Now as an MH Fellow with YKA, she’s expanding her impressive scope of work further by launching a campaign to facilitate the process of ensuring better menstrual health and SRH services for women residing in correctional homes in West Bengal. The campaign will entail an independent study to take stalk of the present conditions of MHM in correctional homes across the state and use its findings to build public support and political will to take the necessary action.

Saurabh has been associated with YKA as a user and has consistently been writing on the issue MHM and its intersectionality with other issues in the society. Now as an MHM Fellow with YKA, he’s launched the Right to Period campaign, which aims to ensure proper execution of MHM guidelines in Delhi’s schools.

The long-term aim of the campaign is to develop an open culture where menstruation is not treated as a taboo. The campaign also seeks to hold the schools accountable for their responsibilities as an important component in the implementation of MHM policies by making adequate sanitation infrastructure and knowledge of MHM available in school premises.

Read more about his campaign.

Harshita is a psychologist and works to support people with mental health issues, particularly adolescents who are survivors of violence. Associated with the Azadi Foundation in UP, Harshita became an MHM Fellow with YKA, with the aim of promoting better menstrual health.

Her campaign #MeriMarzi aims to promote menstrual health and wellness, hygiene and facilities for female sex workers in UP. She says, “Knowledge about natural body processes is a very basic human right. And for individuals whose occupation is providing sexual services, it becomes even more important.”

Meri Marzi aims to ensure sensitised, non-discriminatory health workers for the needs of female sex workers in the Suraksha Clinics under the UPSACS (Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society) program by creating more dialogues and garnering public support for the cause of sex workers’ menstrual rights. The campaign will also ensure interventions with sex workers to clear misconceptions around overall hygiene management to ensure that results flow both ways.

Read more about her campaign.

MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

Read more about her campaign. 

A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

Find out more about the campaign here.

A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

Read more about the campaign here.

A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

The Transmen-ses campaign aims to tackle the issue of silence and disregard for trans men’s menstruation needs, by mobilising gender sensitive health professionals and gender neutral restrooms in Lucknow.

Read more about the campaign here.

A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

Let’s Talk Period aims to change this by

Find out more about her campaign here.

Share your details to download the report.

We promise not to spam or send irrelevant information.

A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

Bidisha was selected in’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

Sign up for the Youth Ki Awaaz Prime Ministerial Brief below