Be­ing Nasty

If fight­ing for your space and ques­tion­ing norms means be­ing nasty then th­ese five women are proud to be tagged as one

India Today - - CONTENTS - By as­mita Bak­shi

Five fire­brands who are not afraid to ques­tion the norms

Dur­ing the third Amer­i­can Pres­i­den­tial de­bate last year, Don­ald Trump in­ter­rupted Hil­lary Clin­ton as he ut­tered the words “such a nasty woman” into his mi­cro­phone, con­firm­ing once again, that sex­ism is alive and well. But soon after Trump mut­tered, women mu­tinied. The hash­tag #IAmANastyWo­man spread like wild­fire as fierce, feisty fe­males across the world took to so­cial me­dia (and the streets) to sub­vert this age-old phrase used by bosses and boyfriends, hus­bands and haters to un­der­mine their abil­ity to ex­press them­selves loudly and proudly. To shut down the op­pres­sion of

pow­er­ful, in­tel­li­gent, and some­times just emo­tional voices that came from half the pop­u­la­tion. And here we are to­day. It’s 2017 and anti-Romeo squads are ev­ery­where, but women are try­ing to make sure sex­ism is not. They are rag­ing and ral­ly­ing on, em­brac­ing the “nasty” tag and us­ing it to spout ex­ple­tives and ex­pe­ri­ence, wit­ti­cisms and wis­dom, truth and tri­umph with ir­rev­er­ent aban­don.

In­dia To­day Woman spoke to five such women from across the coun­try, and they ex­plain why they are, in fact, nasty women. They may not have won the votes, but they cer­tainly have a win­ning voice. And they rise. They rise. They rise.

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