One of the central fights of feminism, the current that runs through everything else, is the fight to recognize women as people whose rights, opinions, and choices deserve respect. And getting straight to the heart of that is a video entitled "My Choice" from Vogue India featuring Bollywood actor Deepika Padukon. Because women's choices are our own to make, no one else's.
In the video, we see a series of women — 99 in total — of different ages and from different walks of life flashing across the screen as Padukon's voice delivers a powerful message about women's choices. From what a woman wears to what time she comes home and from whether or not she has sex to when and with whom she she has it, these are all choices that women get to make for ourselves. And women do not owe it to anyone else to make our life choices based on anyone other than ourselves.
"In my family, my father is the only male in the house, but all of us have a voice," Padukone said about the project in the video's description. "I've always been allowed to be who I want to be. When you're not caged, when you don't succumb to expectation, that's when you're empowered."
The video, which is part of Vogue India's #VogueEmpower campaign celebrating the publication's seventh anniversary, is full of awesome quotes, and here are just a few of the best.
"My Choice. To Be a Size Zero Or a Size 15. They Don't Have a Size For My Spirit."
"You Are My Choice. I Am Not Your Privilege."
"My Choices Are Like My Fingerprints. They Make Me Unique."
You can check out the full video below.
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