POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Mar 29, 2015 AT 20:33 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 29, 2015 20:33 IST

Homi Adajaniya and Deepkia Padukone have collaborated to create ‘My Choice’ for Vogue’s initiative on women empowerment. 99 Mumbai women came together to speak up for “their choice for equality, be it social, political, economic, sexual”, Vogue India writes on Youtube.

The video has invariably gone viral, especially after various media sites shared it claiming that the video was so powerful that it would leave one with goosebumps.

Undoubtedly, the video is rather empowering for thousands of women who live under the constant shadow of patriarchy and the 'log kya kahenge' phobia.

But let the emotions expressed in this video not be confused with feminism.

To start with, feminism as a movement aims at gender equality, and as far as this video is concerned, it seems to have missed that mark.

While it does deal with a woman's need to assert her independence and talks about all the things that are her choice, a large chunk of it seems to be trying to prove women superior to their male counterparts, which is absolutely not what feminism is about. The video is more about privilege, less about equality.

It is this misinterpreted version of feminism that leads so many women to think that when they board a public transport, a man has to get up and offer her his seat. That is not equality at all. It is called special treatment and is yet another form of discrimination.

The voiceover in the video says: “My pleasure may be your pain.” That sentence rings of indifference and the freedom to choose in no way means the right to be indifferent. 

What if a man were to say that? "My pleasure may be your pain" 

Isn't that the sort of attitude that we are fighting against where one gender thinks the other's feelings or choices are insignificant compared to their own?

To carry forward the fight for women empowerment, it has to be understood that we are fighting for a world where everyone is viewed equally, and no one deserves special treatment.

"I am the universe, infinite in every direction" also adds a certain ego maniacal quality to the whole thing. If a woman is infinite, so is a man and every human being, no matter what their gender or sexual orientation deserves euqal respect and the freedom to live life the way they want to. 

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Mar 29, 2015 AT 20:33 IST, Edited At: Mar 29, 2015 20:33 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Dec 08, 2014 AT 17:44 IST ,  Edited At: Dec 09, 2014 17:44 IST

National-Award winning child artiste. Shweta Basu Prasad, who was embroiled in a controversy for her alleged involvement in a prostitution racket, has finally broken her silence. 

The Makdee star was arrested in August on charges of alleged prostitution from a Hyderabad hotel. Initial reports had suggested that Prasad had issued a statement admitting to be a part of the racket stating that she was in need for money.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Dec 08, 2014 AT 17:44 IST, Edited At: Dec 09, 2014 17:44 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Oct 14, 2014 AT 20:24 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 14, 2014 20:24 IST

The internationally acclaimed lawyer, who wed George Clooney last month in Venice, is now professionally known as "Amal Clooney," according to her quietly updated bio on her company's website.

"Amal Clooney is a barrister specialising in international law, human rights, extradition and criminal law. She has represented clients in cases before the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as in domestic courts in the UK and US."

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Oct 14, 2014 AT 20:24 IST, Edited At: Oct 14, 2014 20:24 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 29, 2014 AT 14:05 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 29, 2014 14:05 IST

Mr Modi is in New York and John Oliver is in fine form:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Sep 29, 2014 AT 14:05 IST, Edited At: Sep 29, 2014 14:05 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Sep 25, 2014 AT 23:00 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 24, 2014 23:00 IST

After Emma Watson delivered her impassioned speech on feminism and gender at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, she asked men on Twitter to show their support for her newly launched #HeForShe campaign which aims to galvanize one billion men and boys as advocates for ending the inequalities that women and girls face globally.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Sep 25, 2014 AT 23:00 IST, Edited At: Sep 24, 2014 23:00 IST
     
 
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