trump, feminism, and her empowering magazine
Interview By: Fela M'tima
Fela: Tell me more about yourself (name, age, where you're from) and The Other Half. How was it started and what inspired you to create it?
India: My name is India, I’m 23 and from London. I started The Other Half for a number of reasons. The biggest one is probably that when Trump won the presidency, like many people I felt really frustrated and helpless. I felt like I needed to do something, and find a space on the internet where I could, along with other people, talk about things that are important to me.
Fela: As you know, the U.S political situation is not doing so hot to say the least. How has it affected women in the U.K.?
India: This is a tricky one, because as a white woman in the UK I speak from a place of great privilege and so I’m probably not best placed to answer this question. However, I would say that more than anything the election of Trump appears to send a message to the far right that the kind of language and opinions they hold are acceptable. I have definitely personally noticed that generally sexist and abusive language and behaviors have become more prominent.
Fela: What are your personal goals in fighting back the current political situation as I've noticed on your Instagram you've been protesting!
India: Yes! I think that protesting is one of the best ways to get involved because more than anything it means you are putting yourself out there, and standing up to be counted. When thousands of people turn up to protest outside 10 Downing Street, it’s telling our Parliament that we aren’t going to accept what’s going on. As far as my own personal goals on top of that, I am going to dry and be more vocal and get out there more. I feel like at this point everyone has a job to do, and to not play your part isn’t ok anymore!
F: The Other Half Mag seems like a beautiful outlet for women during this time when women are fighting so hard for respect and equal rights, is that something that you would like to continue to promote on your site?
I: Yes, totally. I feel like for so long women’s voices haven’t been given the platform to be heard. A lot of the representation of women’s voices in the mainstream media are not cohesive to my own experience, and so I’m assuming many other women’s. I wanted to create a space where women could read about other women talking about things that are important to them. Like, why is The Daily Mail not talking about endometriosis or different types of birth control? Why are advice columns not talking about the best way to get period stains out of your sheets, you know?
F: Yes!! I totally agree with you! Where did the name The Other Half originate from?
I: Honestly the name came after a few months of thinking about wanting to create an online magazine. I think it came to me while thinking about how women are never seen as the subject of mainstream media, they’re always the object. Everything in our society is written with the white straight middle class male as the subject, meaning from their point of view. I wanted to create a space where everyone else was the subject for once.
F: When you created your business, what was your main goal and where do you hope to go from here?
I: Ultimately, I’d like to be able to create a team where we can put out content every day that is aimed at women & the LGBT community. I want The Other Half to be your little bit of truth and rest bite on your facebook timeline.
F: As someone who also considers herself a feminist, why do you think this movement is so important in our world today? How do you think The Other Half can contribute to that movement?
I: I think feminism is so important for so many reasons. A society that does not treat women equally is not going to succeed. Feminism is best for EVERYONE. I would like The Other Half to be the kind of magazine where people can learn and develop their opinions in a non judgmental environment. It’s really important to me that no one is alienated or excluded by the type of language we use. The aim is to educate in a positive way without shaming people who aren’t there yet.