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In this section find critical feminist analysis of pop culture in India and South Asia in the form of stories, images, videos, photos and reviews.

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BMW India Teaches Men How To Control Women With Simple Gestures

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BMW India's ad about their Gesture Control feature also announces how they like their women – beautiful, silent, and under a man's control.
Shrimaan Shrimati

Shrimaan Shrimati And Other TV Shows Enjoy Reducing Women To ‘Daal’ And ‘Murgi’

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Shrimaan Shrimati is making a comeback, titled Shrimaan Shrimati Phir Se. This show tested a concept of couples living as neighbours, where the men hit on each other’s wives.
Zakir Khan's Haq Se Single And The Underlying Glamourisation Of Bro Culture In Comedy

Zakir Khan’s Haq Se Single And The Underlying Glamourisation Of Bro Culture In Comedy

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Zakir Khan's Haq Se Single is yet another stereotypical express of gender roles as he draws thick lines between all over-emotional girls and emotionless, fierce boys.
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Love, Mental Health And Feminism In ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is a romantic musical comedy-drama series which brings to viewers a feminist re-interpretation of the word 'crazy'.
Is It Time For Art To Take Its Responsibility More Seriously?

Is It Time For Art To Take Its Responsibility More Seriously?

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Art has a responsibility towards reflecting its time truthfully and for catering to ‘human' consumption, and not solely for the male gaze.
Songs Of Ditty: Musical Environmentalism By Aditi Veena

Songs Of Ditty: Musical Environmentalism By Aditi Veena

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Aditi Veena aka Ditty is a unique voice in India’s music sphere. Her performances are influenced by issues like climate change and gender inequality.

10 Most Powerful Superheroines In Comic-book Films

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We wish to see more super-heroines in comic-book films who do not need big busts & curvy outfits, & revealing busts- how about them just kicking some ass.
BTS

Why We Need To Rethink Our ‘Criticism’ Of BTS And K-Pop

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Their rising fame of BTS has brought with it an alarming amount of scepticism. Some of it stemming from Western audiences unable to understand how music in another language could capture the hearts and minds of people all over the world.
7 Progressive Women In The Stories Of Rabindranath Tagore

7 Progressive Women In ‘The Stories Of Rabindranath Tagore’

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‘Stories by Rabindranath Tagore’ is a television series based on the novels and short stories of the Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. All of the women created by Tagore have one thing in common – their rejection of the subordinate status of women in Bengali society.

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Why Sex And Gender Are Not As Separate As It Is Understood Today

Why Sex And Gender Are Not As Separate As It Is Understood Today

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The primary problem with such an organisation of gender and sex is that it negates the possibility of other “biologically” gendered identities; even if it is identified, it is mostly identified as an imperfection, a flaw or even a disorder.
Digital School Reopening: Technology's Added Burden For Mothers

Digital School Reopening: Technology’s Added Burden For Mothers

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In the case of online school classes, the ones who have it the hardest are the mothers who have more than one child under class 4 or 5 who need to be present with the child during the class time, especially the ones who do not have the work-from-home option and cannot afford a nanny.
The Impact Of Covid-19 On Assam's Women Weavers

The Impact Of Covid-19 On Assam’s Women Weavers

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In a world that is marred with COVID-19, India has been in a lockdown and the practice of physical distancing is in practice. This has severely impacted these women weavers who have lost their livelihood and space of solidarity.