Auntie Ayesha

Ayesha Aleem
A weekly newsletter amplifying women's stories and underrepresented voices.
Created 25 Jan 2021
  • You're not the boss of me now (or ever)
    10 Dec 2021 • 4 min read
    I’ve been thinking a lot about ownership and how so many men in 2021 still feel entitled to think of women as their “property”. Something in their possession that they have control of. It’s so bizarre...
  • Healthy media, healthy choices
    19 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    It shouldn’t be a choice that women have to make at all. But like many of the uncomfortable, inconvenient ones that overwhelmingly fall on them, this is another one. And it doesn’t help that pop cultu...
  • What would a woman-led Facebook look like?
    12 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
    A couple of weeks ago, I heard about Facebook making some major changes in the way that it’s impossible to not be updated about even if you don’t want to. Everyone was composing clever tweets about it...
  • Halloween
    05 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
    Halloween just went past. I heard through the family grapevine the other day that someone we know who grew up in India but moved overseas after she got married told her young daughter she couldn’t cel...
  • Karwa Chauth
    29 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    Karwa Chauth just went by. It’s the festival that some married Hindu women observe where they fast from sunrise to moonrise for the long life and wellbeing of their husbands. I’ve paid attention to th...
  • Rajat Mittal is Boyish
    22 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    This week, I spoke with Rajat Mittal, 36, who writes Boyish, a newsletter of how gender stereotypes affect boys and stories of Indian men who have defied them. I love this idea so much. I’ve been read...
  • It's (nearly) always about the money
    15 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    We don’t talk about money nearly enough. Especially women. It’s impolite, we’re told. Especially women. That’s often the line that’s used when someone doesn’t want trouble. Talking about money is impo...
  • Tell me you didn't write about women, woman
    08 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Hello again :) Before I went on a break from writing this newsletter, I watched an interview between a female founder of a media company and a male host (someone I have grown up watching and quite enj...
  • TLC ❤️
    20 Aug 2021 • 3 min read
    It’s been a really bleak week. I’m sure I’m not the only one facing a slump, exhaustion, mixed feelings about the state of the world. I’ve been worried about women I don’t know, I’ve been worried abou...
  • Meet Srilatha Batliwala
    13 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    While browsing Action Aid’s website ahead of a job interview, I came across Srilatha Batliwala’s name. Out of curiosity, I googled it and found that we’re both Bangaloreans interested in many of the s...
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