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Feminist talk  is meant to be a hub for conversations between our readers and writers on topics that are related to the sometimes dry world of internet policy. It is a space for storytelling, personal essays, opinions – to challenge and inspire readers on issues and topics that are close to them. Here are the opinions, experiences and thoughts of writers from the diverse community in which we live.

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Bruna Zanolli

Bruna Zanolli is an activist, community media consultant and self-taught technician in the areas

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Connecting reflections through a community network's experience in Brazil

Posted Thu 20 Oct 2022 - 09:47 | 1,001views

Community networks in quilombolas from Terra Seca/Ribeirão Grande in Brazil have been helping households to connect to the internet while serving individual needs of residents. In the backdrop of the FIRN research exploring the same, the authors discuss how these community-led networks connect communities with technology.

That feeling of being so close. Photo by Priyadarshini John
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Priyadarshini John

Priyadarshini John is a writer and visual artist. She is based in Bangalore.

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Sentient Bots and the Mystique of Personhood

Posted Wed 19 Oct 2022 - 11:44 | 754views

A Google engineer claimed that an AI bot has become sentient. Is that a possibility? Can a program designed and trained by a human develop the ability to feel human-like feelings? Priyadarshini John explores. 

Placard reads, "Abortion is Healthcare". Photo by Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash
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Jasmine George

Jasmine George is a sexual and reproductive health advocate, who works with Hidden Pockets Collec

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Lack Of A Data Protection Law Puts Indian Abortion Seekers At Risk

Posted Mon 10 Oct 2022 - 13:47 | 1,085views

India recently withdrew its data protection bill, putting the data of over a billion people at risk. The already vulnerable individuals became more susceptible to data misuse, especially those already under threat of being targeted for personal choices or identities. This article explores how lack of data protection puts abortion seekers at risk in a society that rejects abortions.

The illustration reads, "Zan, Zindagi, Azadi" that translates to "Woman, Life, Freedom".
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hija

Hija Kamran is WRP and GenderIT Coordinator and Editor.

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Iranian Women’s Fight For Right To Life And Freedom Faces Surveillance, Internet Shutdowns, Violence And Murders

Posted Mon 3 Oct 2022 - 08:25 | 1,345views

In Iran, women are protesting to demand bodily autonomy and their right to live, in the wake of the state-backed murder of a 22-year-old Mahsa Amini by the morality police. The government is responding by killing more women, attacking protestors and censoring the internet to contain the information.

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Srinidhi Raghavan

Srinidhi Raghavan works at the intersections of women’s rights, technology, sexuality and disab

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Discussing Ethics of Care, Intersectionality and Power Dynamics in the Feminist Research Work

Posted Fri 30 Sep 2022 - 20:19 | 1,059views

When conducting feminist research, it is important to acknowledge various intersectionalities, as well as ethics of care, challenges and all the dynamic interconnections in the process. The FIRN partners explore these themes in their research through the years.

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Tiffany Kagure Mugo

Tiffany Kagure Mugo is the intoxicatingly scary gatekeeper of HOLAAfrica, a Pan African queer wom

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Too Much Freaky Sex: Online Platforms As Ways To Talk About Sex Positivity

Posted Thu 22 Sep 2022 - 13:35 | 1,004views

Sex positivity is being rejected by many now given how it is portrayed as something that requires hypersexualised expressions rather than understanding the nuances of what it actually entails. Tiffany Mugo discusses how podcasts are revisiting sex positivity through storytelling.

Beauty filters drastically impact young South Asian women's self-esteem. Illustration by Nadège
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Areej Akhtar

Areej Akhtar is an alumnus of the Yale Young Writers’ Workshop, and is currently a third-year stu

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Mirror, Mirror on the Phone: How Social Media Beauty Filters Impact South Asian Women

Posted Thu 15 Sep 2022 - 11:24 | 1,365views

Young women in South Asia struggle with the society's obsession of fair skin and eurocentric features all their lives, so beauty filters on social media apps have been providing them what many home remedies have failed to offer. But how are these tech solutions impacting their self-esteem? Areej Akhtar discusses.

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Arsalan

The writer is based in Lahore, Pakistan. They identify as queer and non-binary.

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For Queer People in Pakistan, Pride Flags On Social Media May Be Doing More Harm Than Good

Posted Tue 23 Aug 2022 - 07:40 | 1,624views

As the world celebrates Pride month every June, in Pakistan, this celebration brings hate and violence to the community. The writer explores how seemingly innocuous expression of queerness and support for the community has opened doors of violence on individuals on the intern

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Shruti Arora

Shruti Arora is a queer feminist activist from India.

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Digital Technologies in the Abortion Rights Movement

Posted Wed 17 Aug 2022 - 22:04 | 1,699views

In light of the illegal status of safe abortion, abortion seekers turn to the internet to access credible related information. Shruti Arora discusses how women in India and Poland challenge the abortion ban, and how online resources help them seek authentic information for safe abortion.

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Hija Kamran is WRP and GenderIT Coordinator and Editor.

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The Case of Selective Morality, Sexist Laws and Online Censorship in Pakistan

Posted Tue 19 Jul 2022 - 08:53 | 2,174views

Internet censorship in the name of morality in Pakistan is rampant, and the trend continues to grow as new laws and regulations are introduced. But just a cursory look at this trend reveals that the censorship is not just vague, but also sexist, targeting women's expression and experiences online.