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If you’re a cis and able-bodied Tamil woman, chances are you’ve experienced or participated in a Samithya Veedu: a puberty rite that signals the beginning of menstruation and traditionally celebrates the “menarche” as an official transition into womanhood.

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Puberty rites for cis-women, often practiced in urban and rural communities across the globe, are not exclusively celebrated by Tamil societies. For example, in Fiji, the celebratory feast of ‘Tunudra’ is prepared on the fourth day of a girl’s period. In Brazil, the Indigenous Amazonian Tikuna tribe allocates ‘Pelazon’ time away from family homes for girls to not only ‘learn the history…


As I’m staring at my blank screen, my hovering cursor staring back at me as I prepare to write a 3,000 word essay on the link between the Mainstream Romantic Comedy and Feminist Geography, I remember the promo photo I came across on Twitter in mid-March, for what was labelled a new BBC sitcom. Whatever it was, I knew it was going to bring some much-needed joy onto our screens. There was something delightful about that promo picture of Rose Matafeo and Nikesh Patel in a club on a New Years Eve that already felt nostalgic. It reminded me of…


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Set in a pleasantly urban coastal Japanese town, “The Housekeeper and The Professor,” navigates the relationship between an ageing, amnesiac mathematics Professor, his Housekeeper and her son, who is named “Root” by the Professor because his flat-top bears a resemblance to a square root sign. Reflecting on her time with the Professor in March of 1992, the Housekeeper narrates her growing devotion to the Professor despite the daily difficulties that come with his 88-minute-long memory. …


TW: Mention of sexual harassment and rape

A generally warm-hearted and seemingly inclusive film premised on a nostalgic ode to the 90s Riot Grrrl era and adapted from a Jennifer Mathieu 2017 novel, “Moxie” follows an initially reserved 16 year-old, Vivian (Hadley Robinson), who begins to produce and distribute feminist zines across her school in response to the institution’s sexist policies on dress codes and dismissal of sexual harassment. Inspired by her mother’s own punk-rock memorabilia, Vivian titles the zines under the name “Moxie” and keeps her identity as founder secret for the majority of the film. …

Hannah Caesar

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