Soumya Mathew

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Sub-Editor at indianexpress.com. Tweets as @soumya94mathew

Why narratives around motherhood in India need to involve postpartum depression
Mon, May 14, 2018

Postpartum or postnatal depression is a mental condition associated with childbirth, manifesting within a couple of weeks after the delivery. While the condition could affect both the sexes, more women are reportedly prone to depression in child-bearing years.

Free railway Wi-Fi helped this porter crack Kerala govt job test
Sat, May 12, 2018

Shrinath K, a resident of Idukki district in Kerala, cleared the exam by just downloading study material and listening to it on earphones to learn while he worked — for 24 hours at a stretch — starting from 9am to 9am the next day.

International Women’s Day: 3 artists on addressing women and sexuality through illustrations
Sat, Mar 10, 2018

Women's Day feature: Using the Internet as their oyster, Pranjali Dubey, Aru Bose and Lyla FreeChild are three women, among many others, who are trying to encourage conversations on issues that are important to women — menstruation, consent, sexuality.

Many mock LSR, JMC students allegedly hit by ‘semen-filled’ balloons with ‘FAKE, sarcy’ posts on ‘period blood-balloons’
Fri, Mar 02, 2018

After students of Lady Sri Ram took to Instagram to post about the horrifying experience, another student of Jesus and Mary College shared a similar experience on Facebook. While the culprits in the latter case are yet to be found, the former attack, according to ANI, was carried out by a girl.

‘No regrets’: Malayalam actress who breastfed child on magazine cover responds to controversies
Fri, Mar 02, 2018

Gilu Joseph, the Malayalam actress breastfeeding a child on the now popular cover photo of a fortnightly magazine, speaks to indianexpress.com, responding to the controversies around the bold shoot, and the reactions the controversial cover has stirred up.

Holi hooliganism: After LSR students, JMC student’s FB post on being hit with ‘semen-filled’ balloon goes viral
Thu, Mar 01, 2018

After the semen-filled balloon attack on a student of Jesus and Mary College under the garb of Holi, students and teachers organised a protest at the Delhi Police Headquarters in ITO today (March 1) at 11.00am.

Malayalam model breastfeeds in an iconic, bold Grihalakshmi cover photo; garners mixed reactions on social media
Fri, Mar 02, 2018

Model, poet and writer Gilu Joseph has challenged patriarchy among several social norms by breastfeeding a baby on the Grihalakshmi cover photo. "I am extremely proud of my body and only I exercise rights over it. I only do things that I think is right for me, which is why I had no qualms in taking up this project," she told IE Malayalam in an interview.

Holi hooliganism: LSR students’ Instagram posts on being hit by semen filled balloons go viral
Wed, Feb 28, 2018

This year, this nightmare of unwarranted assaults under the garb of celebrating Holi have already come for students of Lady Sri Ram college of Delhi University. Students of the college took to social media to share how they were hit with balloons filled with semen.

Comedian Aayushi Jagad verbally abused by two men on bike after viral video on AIB, others use feminism
Tue, Feb 27, 2018

Shaken and in tears after being verbally abused for taking on popular comedy groups on covering feminism, stand-up comedian Aayushi Jagad and her co-writer Sumedh Natu wrote a post on Facebook, highlighting the struggle every woman faces every single day, just because she's a woman.

Video explains how AIB, others in Indian comedy fail to portray women as equals despite making feminist sketches
Sat, Feb 24, 2018

Aayushi Jagad and Sumedh Natu's video shows how AIB, known for being vocal about socio-political matters and those pertaining to gender equality and sexism, has also been using women as fillers in their videos, when the sketch in itself is not about women and largely targetting that particular audience.

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation: What you should know
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

On February 6 (Tuesday), as the world comes together to commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance For Female Genital Mutilation, here is what the horrifying practice is about and the problems stemming from it.

Grammy Awards 2018: White roses, feminist poem and anti-abortion dress — social symbolism through fashion
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

Grammy Awards 2018: Taking things forward from the sea of black at the Golden Globe Awards, the stars at Grammys turned up with a white rose as boutonniere. Others used the platform to highlight other social issues.

Ammu Swaminathan: The strongest advocate against caste discrimination, she lived by example
Sat, Feb 03, 2018

#GenderAnd special series on the 15 women who played an integral part in drafting the Constitution of India

ASHA workers: The backbone of India’s primary health care are demanding salary for their work
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

#GenderAnd Nation: Underpaid and undervalued, the system looks at ASHA workers as “voluntary, social workers” who should not demand wages

Gender through comic illustrations: Kruttika Susarla on intersectionality and how personal is political
Sun, Dec 17, 2017

Kruttika Susarla, a comic illustrator and graphic designer in Delhi, was part of the recently concluded Delhi Comic Arts Festival where she spoke on 'Personal in political' and intersectionality in gender matters.

Letters of Love — Using the dying art of letter-writing to reach out to Syrian, Iraqi and Yazidi children
Wed, Dec 06, 2017

Letters of Love was initiated in 2015 under the guidance of UNHCR-Gaziantep, Turkey, with the aim of reaching out to the tens of thousands of Syrian, Iraqi, Yazidi and Rohingya refugee children in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Bangladesh.

TM Krishna, Perumal Murugan, Sofia Ashraf, Sheethal Sathe on why ‘Privacy Matters’
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

The multilingual song begins by "celebrating" the Supreme Court's August 24 judgement that the Right to Privacy is fundamental and natural and then goes on to address how Aadhar card is infringing into the private space of a citizen.

Javed Akhtar gets trolled for typo in Girija Devi tribute even after apology; when will this inane trolling stop?
Thu, Oct 26, 2017

Javed Akhtar tweeted out a tribute on the demise of Thumri singer Girija Devi, with an 'autocorrect' typo, but the poet-lyricist was incessantly trolled even after he apologised. When will this culture of 'trolling just for the heck of it' really end?

Launda Naach and Kaniyan Koothu — When men dressing and dancing like women is not obscenity
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

As the narratives of both Naach Launda Naach and Sing Along Dance Across progress, they not only divulge reversal of gender roles, but also emphasise on how politics of caste and a search for livelihood has resulted in co-option of the art forms.

Tihar Arts Festival — Canvas full of colours and hope at first of its kind exhibition
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

Having begun on August 19, the Tihar Arts festival saw about 20 of the finest artists and sculptors from across the country collaborate with inmates to create what is the first arts exhibition in Tihar.

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