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March 16, 2007 7:38 AM   Subscribe

The Women Of India
posted by hadjiboy (14 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
How do the women in India shave (legs, underarms, or genital areas)?

Depilation is considered a private matter in India and is not discussed in public. All common forms of hair removal are practiced, including pastes made with natural herbs.
posted by ColdChef at 7:43 AM on March 16, 2007


Yup, that seems to be one of the most frequent queries in men's minds up in your part of the hemisphere;)
posted by hadjiboy at 7:56 AM on March 16, 2007


Hadjiboy, great post.
Eve teasing the practice of touching women in public against their will. As long as euphemisms are routinely used for what is sexual assault, you will find it very difficult to change the mindset that this is just some harmless bit of fun. Language is a very powerful tool of social control and of social change.
posted by Wilder at 7:58 AM on March 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


When I saw the URL I became really excited to find out about the cultural revolution the Wii has unleashed among the women of India. What a let-down.
posted by hermitosis at 8:02 AM on March 16, 2007


Eve teasing the practice of touching women in public against their will.

This also happens a lot in Italy, right?
posted by delmoi at 8:09 AM on March 16, 2007


Wilder, a few months back, there was a project that was being conducted by a group of girls across some of the major cities in India where they were going to exhibit some of the clothes that they wear everyday, so as to display the kind of harassment that is meted out to them because of it. (The prevailing myth here is still that if the woman wears something that society does not deem “proper”, then maybe the woman/girl in question was Asking For It.)
posted by hadjiboy at 8:18 AM on March 16, 2007


Blank Noise Project
posted by hadjiboy at 8:21 AM on March 16, 2007


Very good post, thanks. :)
posted by miss lynnster at 8:27 AM on March 16, 2007


delmoi, it happens everywhere. In India, it feels kinda like swimming in a sea of stingless jellyfish or something... in Italy it's more like swimming in a sea of lobsters.
posted by miss lynnster at 8:31 AM on March 16, 2007


Seems like the biggest problem for Indian women is Indian men.
posted by Meatbomb at 9:22 AM on March 16, 2007 [1 favorite]


Great post! I want to read more! The FAQ doesn't cover my questions.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 9:27 AM on March 16, 2007


This reminds me, I need to find some current (post-2005) information on sati
posted by Gnostic Novelist at 12:01 PM on March 16, 2007


Wow, fascinating stuff. Thanks for the post.
posted by malaprohibita at 12:41 PM on March 16, 2007


Excellent post hadjiboy.
posted by nickyskye at 9:29 PM on March 16, 2007


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