Does feminism need to win a popularity contest? It would help. There are too many intelligent women (and men) out there who believe it is a bad word. But, hey, here we are in 2016: A best-selling author in India has written a book on a “normal feminist” woman; a mainstream Hindi film has hurled an axe at the thicket of lies around women’s consent. Indian cricketers are wearing their mother’s names on their jerseys. The actor Sonam Kapoor has written about the self-loathing that consumed her as an overweight girl and refuses to leave her even as a fashion icon. Are you asking, as I am, if this is feminism’s pop moment?
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