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Your Friday Five: Five To Read

The Internet is a vast lonely place, here's what you need to read from it this weekend.

Why Indian women fear tampons, Kishore Kumar’s enlightened heroines, and how to love your body- advise from the week gone by


Happy Friday Folks! Have a great weekend with lots of food and love and warmth. Don’t forget to take a moment to fill in our survey  (#AboutBloodyTime!),and if you are wondering what you missed this week, here are our favourite pieces from the deepest, darkest corners of the Interwebs!

An animated piece of history

So as we see now, menstruation is just one step, in a normal and routine cycle, which is going on continuously in the body.

This 1946 Disney Video – The Story of Menstruation- is everything- and more. We have been talking a lot about the hidden shame of menstruation this past week, and isn’t it nearly funny, that in some ways we are more closeted about this most normal of human processes today than we were 70 years ago? Anyway, enjoy the psychedelic imagery, the gentle voice over and the throw-back 40s fashion of the animated girls in the video. (via Hairpin)

No Tampons Please, We are Indians

Speaking of- a new study showed that Indian women were afraid of using tampons because they fear that it will make them lose their virginity. Without even getting into our obsession with virginity this is another study that highlights the dangers of misinformation when it comes to reproductive health. Without the right education and information coming from within their families, women continue to treat their periods as a secret shame, and the management of their menstrual cycles as a burden.

“Men expect their wives to be virgin,” says Veronica Patil, 23, a design student at NIFT. “For health and other reasons, I wouldn’t even consider it as an option.”

Lessons from Indian Banks

Also from the good folks at QZ, this excellent piece on how to address the female brain drain in the Indian corporate sector.

Nearly 50% of Indian women drop out of the corporate employment pipeline between junior and mid-levels, compared to the average of 29%(pdf) across Asia. This is because Indian women usually marry earlier than their Asian counterparts, and heavy care-giving responsibilities, for in-laws as well as children, usually hit them as early as seven or eight years into their jobs.

Now, Tanmantra, a program started by The Indian Institute of Management Bangalore in collaboration with Catalyst and IBM is attempting to help women reach senior level positions in corporations. Interestingly- the article points out- Indian Banks have been among the organisations that have always created a conducive environment for women to rise to senior level management positions. Lessons to learn from the old guard?

If Your Arms Are Not Co-operating, Give Yourself a Hug

Buzzfeed is celebrating a Body Week, and nearly everything about their selection of articles is perfect, but we especially love Joanna Borns’ How to Fix Your Body’s Trouble AreasNo diet or exercise advise here, just lots of self loving! So don’t stress yourself this weekend over that extra scoop of ice cream and remember to give yourself a hug.

How to Love Your Body

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The Women in Kishore Kumar Films

Finally, you know we can’t resist a well-written piece about Bollywood, and we absolutely adored this piece in Outlook India by Carla Miriam Levy about Kishore Kumar’s subversion of gender relationships.The article reminded us of all the feisty women who played opposite Kishore Kumar over the years, and we really must re-watch his films one weekend.

These women are competent to take care of themselves. And this grants them the freedom to choose a feckless goofball of a husband if they want to, because they do not need to rely on a husband for anything other than love and happiness. That is a valuable freedom, indeed. 

What are you reading this week?

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