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Harvey Weinstein Allegations’ Unveil the Real ‘Magnitude of the Problem’

by BG Staff - Follow @browngirlmag With the recent allegations of sexual harassment and assault against film and TV producer, Harvey Weinstein, people are finally starting to speak out against abuse of power by men in Hollywood and beyond and the mistreatment of women, especially in the workplace. Weinstein has been fired from his...

Closed Doors: 5 Truths I Wish I Could Tell My Parents

by Vaidehi Gajjar - Follow @vgajjar95 No matter how open we claim to be with our parents, there’s just some door that automatically closes when it comes to our mental health and the struggles that come with it. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), in the United States alone, Asian...

MannMukti’s New Podcast “Stories of Stigma: South Asian Mental Health”: In Honest Conversation with Salma Vir-Banks

by Vaidehi Gajjar - Follow @vgajjar95 For some reason, notions of mental health and mental illness have always been hushed by a hand-over-the-mouth or a finger-to-the-lips. Mental health, mental illness, mental anything has always been attempted to be scrubbed away, as one big stain on your fancy carpet in your fancy living room. MannMukti...

South Asian Dance Teams Bring Mental Health to the Stage

by Vaidehi Gajjar - Follow @vgajjar95 As a dancer myself, I have experienced just how liberating dance can be. I’ve also seen how it can be used to convey messages that sometimes may be difficult to otherwise address. I believe Ruth St. Denis, an American modern dance pioneer, put it best...

It’s No Secret: Social Anxiety in South Asian University Communities is Real

by Vaidehi Gajjar - Follow @vgajjar95 I’ve often heard you make some of your best friends in college. These are the friends that will be at your wedding as your bridesmaids, the ones whose kids will become your kids’ best friends, etc. But when you have social anxiety, it’s very hard...

#BollywoodOnBollywood: 13 Instances of Extreme Girl Love from Rajeev Masand’s Actress Roundtable

by Nila Choudhury - Follow @browngirlmag With the increase in divisive chatter in the nation and the rise in hate crimes, some positive words of girl love are a welcome change to our ears. Rajeev Masand's annual actresss roundtable did just that! Featuring some of the most accomplished women in...

What To Do When Your Period Feels Like an Exclamation Point

by Vaidehi Gajjar - Follow @vgajjar95 Girls, remember cocking your head at your mother when she said, “No beta, you can’t do puja today, you’re on your period." Remember the look she gave you when you started wondering about tampons versus pads? Or how about the times you yelled and screamed,...

Dear Diary, I Chose Suicide But I Didn’t Choose Death

by Vaidehi Gajjar - Follow @vgajjar95 Dear Diary, I’ve often heard that suicide is a choice. Even after I was gone, I heard people constantly say that. And if you must know, yes it was a choice. I chose how to die. But I never felt that I actually chose or wanted...

Spoken Word Artist Rupi Kaur Responds to her Viral Menstruation Photo

by Vaidehi Mujumdar - Follow @Veemuj This post was originally published on our partner website India.com.  Sikh-Canadian spoken word poet and author of “Milk and Honey” Rupi Kaur recently voiced her side of the controversy surrounding a photo she posted to Instagram last week on Huffington Post Live’s #FreeSpeechZone with Alyona Mink. The now infamous...

‘India’s Daughter’: The Documentary, its Controversy and India’s Shameful Ban

by Vaidehi Mujumdar - Follow @Veemuj This post was originally published on our partner website India.com: Mukesh Singh, a bus driver convicted of raping 23-year-old Jyoti Singh (coined Nirbhaya for her bravery) in Delhi in 2012, gave more than 16 hours of interviews for the BBC Four documentary, “India’s Daughter.”...

Panelists Speak on Transnational Feminism and its Contradictions in South Asian Context at Barnard College

by Vaidehi Mujumdar - Follow @Veemuj This post was originally published on our partner website India.com: More than 300 young adults filled the audience hall at Columbia University's Barnard Hall on Thur., Feb. 12 to take part in a panel discussion on transnational feminism and its contradictions in South Asia. The sold-out...

Columbia University’s South Asian Organizations Explore Transnational Feminism Through a Photo Campaign Worth Seeing

by Vaidehi Mujumdar - Follow @Veemuj This post was originally published on our partner website India.com: For three long hours in 19-degree weather on Wed., Feb. 3, Columbia University’s #emBODYSouthAsia campaign took place at the center of campus, attracting students, faculty, and passersby. The group of students stood with signs that...

Why Deepika Padukone’s Story and Mental Health Stories Are Important

by Vaidehi Mujumdar - Follow @Veemuj I am not sure how other people felt when Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone recently broke her silence about her personal struggles with depression and anxiety, but I was relieved. Relieved that someone had spoken out about their struggles with mental health instead of seeing...

Report on Mental Health Care in India is yet Another Desperate Cry for Adequate Funds and Care

by Vaidehi Mujumdar - Follow @Veemuj In collaboration with Trisha Sakhuja - Follow @Tsakhuja13 Females "Treated Worse Than Animals" at Mental Health Institutions in India:  A new report, published by the New York-based international advocacy group, Human Rights Watch, depicts a sad and unfortunate picture of the routine abuse female patients...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: How to Conduct a Self-Breast Exam

by Vaidehi Mujumdar - Follow @Veemuj Breast Cancer Awareness is not just for the month of October. Conducting a monthly breast-self exam is a crucial part of good breast health. Like with any other parts of your body, you want to do a monthly BSE to look and feel for...

Finding Your Different

by Vaidehi Mujumdar - Follow @Veemuj Originally Appeared on The Feminist Wire:  We’ve already buried so much of our different, it feels so hard to find. Almost every day, my friend and I exchange poetry, current articles, quotes, and the casual Buzzfeed posts in an effort to satiate our love...

Creative Writing Workshop Considered a Success!

by Kamini Ramdeen - Follow @KaminiRamdeen BG Trisha with SAKHI's Arpita and Sethu. Brown Girl Magazine collaborated with Sakhi for South Asian Women to organize the first Creative Writing Workshop. The turn out was a success with many young women in attendance, who actively participated in the...

Who Are “Rad Brown Moms”?

by Sindhuri Bhi -Follow @sbhims Sindhuri Bhi and her mother during her graduation from Stony Brook University, NY. Ever since I was a girl, my mom has taught me three life lessons: hold your ground, do not let anyone tell you that you are not worthy...

Mahila Facts: Endometriosis

by Vaidehi Mujumdar - Follow @Veemuj One of our readers wanted the next women’s health column to focus on endometriosis and how it affects South Asian women. In an article published in September 2013 in MSNBC Health/Equality, South Asian women living with endometriosis spoke out about the lack of attention...