Women go through a lot each day and that gets escalated if you are in India, with the stereotypes, the hush hush about women’s menstrual cycles, body shaming and everything that comes in between. Now an illustrator, Mounica Tata, an illustrator and cartoonist who resides in Bangalore and claims to be the mother of a furry dog, designed these amazing comics, which though also reveals the marriage of our country with misogyny and anti-feminist atmosphere.
1. Tryst with social media and it’s (surreal)expectations
2. The idea of a perfect lip stick colour
One of the reasons why I don't wear lipstick is because I've never found my perfect nude-but bright-red-but also coral-and a hint of peach-buttery not shiny-matte-but soft shade! I wish I could just give them the RGB/CMYK codes sometimes -_- #makeup #lipsticks #findingtherightshade #thestruggleisreal #truestory #reds #comics #instahumour
3. The perfect feminism
My two cents on why we need feminism. Sure you can be an egalitarian/humanist/equalist but you cannot be one if you're not a feminist. Equality by definition means; two quantities are equal/state of being equal. But we do not live in a society (unfortunately) where men and women are on the same level playing field. Women do not enjoy the same opportunities, rights, and freedom as their male counterparts. And therefore, we need feminism to uplift and empower women and that in turn will bring about gender equality. P.S. Also, if you're drinking beer, please drink more than 60ml 😛 #equalityvsjustice #whyweneedfeminism #equalrightsforall #society #egalitarian #feminism
4. For the last time, don’t you ever do that again
Forgot to post this yesterday. And here's my weekend gyaan – Dear phallus owners, if I'm grumpy/sad/moody, I could be PMSing OR ( I know this will shock you) I could be genuinely upset about a genuine problem. Just saying. Food for thought! . . . #women #periodstories #notpms #bekind #dontbeajerk #dontblamemyovaries
5. I want to be able to dream too, and not just become a baby making entity
Here's something I had been working on for a couple of days now (some of you would have seen the rough sketches on my Instagram stories). I attended this event called @network_of_women_ on Saturday (organised by @ThoughtWorks Bangalore) where I met SO many ah-mazing women, all warriors, all superheroes in their own respective ways. We chatted, we danced, laughed, and yes! there was food. We discussed travel, taboo, boxes & birds, and a whole lot of other things. I wanted to try something new with this (getting out of my comfort zone!) so I tried coloring without outlines and boy! it was so much fun. Prints available here : http://bit.ly/2oBslkq . . . . #womenartists #women #youareenough #youcanbe #buildingwomen #illustration #charactersketches #networkofwomen #thinkoutsideboxes #labels #stereotypes
6. The Shaadi bazaar
7. Almost always the same story
8. I hope they had taught us about body positivity at school
I was going to write something nice and sweet and preachy about 'body positivity' but then I realised, it's always easier said than done! So chuck all that. Just remember, everybody has pet peeves and flaws, flaws that you don't even see/notice in them. So let's just take comfort in the fact that we all hate ourselves. YAY! . . . #bodyimage #bodypositivity #women #overthinkers #allinyourhead #flawed #flawedandfabulous #petpeeves
9. The tale with a similar climax
Ok! Firstly, women, you DON'T need to go all undercover with your sanitary pad. And offices (big/small/whatever size) If you have women employees, make sure they have access to sanitary pads. (if you don't have women employees….WHY not?) All office washrooms SHOULD have soap, toilet paper AND sanitary pads AND a bin for disposal (and water ofcourse!). That's all I have to say. Period. (see what I did there!) . . . #periods #menstruation #stoptheshame #noshame #women #letwomenbewomen #hygiene #womenhealth #sanitarypads #comicstrips #comicsforwomen #vaginamonologues
10. Aunty, spare me the questions!
Boy! This is going to be a long post so grab yourselves a cup of tea:) So I was traveling from Hyderabad to Bangalore sometime last month and my co-passenger (an over chatty/enthusiastic/moral police) aunty decided to attack me with some really personal questions. If you thought being a 20-something-single-girl is difficult, being a 20 something-married-non accessorised-still carrying her father's family name-not wanting to have kids woman is worse! Funnily enough my husband never gets asked these questions (at least not by strangers) and funnily enough more often than not it's the women who judge other women on these "parameters". Shame! I don't blame that aunty though, our social construct is to be blamed. And because we are on this topic, let's get this out of the way too, not changing your name after marriage has got nothing to do with feminism. You are simply choosing to retain your father's family name instead of adopting your husband's father's family name. So either way it's a win-win for patriarchy. Yay! Ok! Rant over. Have a nice weekend, y'all. And women, let women be. Please ^_^ . . . #societyconstructs #letwomenbewomen #ungender #patriarchyhastogo #india #society #expectations
You can follow similar cool stuff on Mounica Tata on her Instagram and Facebook account. Her body of work revolves around the harrowing discrimination women face in India to the lightly sauted tales of everyday ennui.