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Welcome to Boyish 🙏🏼. Boyish aims to be a place where you arrive if the topic of masculinity in the context of India 🇮🇳 intrigues you.

So much of discourse on gender and feminist discourse is focused on the numerous consequences of patriarchy for women. That is the right thing to do but we haven’t paused to question if patriarchy can have dastardly consequences for men too, erasing the opportunity for them to live their true selfs just as it does for other genders.

Boyish aims to change that. It is an emerging platform rooted in the belief that patriarchy is not the sole expression of just masculinity, patriarchy is an expression of immature understanding of gender, and it hurts us all. Patriarchy is an attack on masculinity in its fullness just as it is on femininity in its fullness.

Masculinity is a lot like the movie Fight Club. The first rule of masculinity is that you don’t talk about it. This has to change if we want a gender equitable world. Boyish’s goal is to be of service in this direction ✨.

Published in 2022, 7 writers bare their heart out on their experiences with masculinity under four themes: Work, Mental health, Fatherhood and Representation in Media.
Published in 2021, this anthology of 12 issues unpacks gender norms that impact boys in India and narrates inspirational stories of Indian 🇮🇳 men who defied such stereotypes.
Men weren’t really the enemy. They were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill.

👋🏼, I am Rajat Mittal!

Producer & Writer

Previously, I've been the maker of 2 educational books for girls: Menstrupedia and She Can You Can.

By working on projects focused on education and empowerment of girls, I slowly began to realise and learn how gender norms impact not just girls but boys as well. This is honestly why I created Boyish.

With Boyish, my aim is to unlearn my own conditioning and to invite others to think more deeply about masculinity in the context of India 🇮🇳.


Kaviya Sekhar



Liesl Goecker

Consulting Editor


Ajin Mohan



Mrinalini Khattar



Rachel Aneesha Rao

Supporting Writer & Research Aid


Samira Shaikh

Supporting Writer & Research Aid