Pop Culture

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.

The Utter Failure Of Karan Johar's 'Brew-mance'

The Utter Failure Of Karan Johar’s ‘Brew-mance’

The 12th episode of Koffee with Karan shows how toxic masculinity, privileged talk, misogyny, sexism, and ignorance is highly normalised in India and Hardik Pandya has become the epitome of it.
Why I Filed A Complaint Against Khichdi And Its Gross Objectification Of Women

Why I Filed A Complaint Against Khichdi And Its Gross Objectification Of Women

Khichdi made me realise that what is often dismissed as humor is sheer misogyny propagated by insensitive mindsets like those who were behind making such shows.
Why Tumblr's Ban On Adult Content Is A Huge Step Back For Sex Positivity

Why Tumblr’s Ban On Adult Content Is A Huge Step Back For Sex Positivity

On the 17th of December 2018, Tumblr’s community guidelines were altered and it was stated that they wish to “change their relationship” with adult content posted on the website.
Mrs. Maisel: Just As Marvellous As Before

Mrs. Maisel: Just As Marvellous As Before

Mrs. Maisel is one of the few women who refused to give in to conditioning.This is not to say that she is perfect: she is far from it. And that is what makes the show perfect.
5 Reasons Why I Binge-Watch The Sitcom Mom And You Should Too

5 Reasons Why I Binge-Watch The Sitcom Mom And You Should Too

Mom is a TV series largely about older women, with a woman writer and producer, tackling real and uncomfortable issues and offering plentiful laughs and memorable moments.
Koffee with Kringe: Can We Stop With The 'Boys Will Be Boys' Narrative Already?

Koffee with Kringe: Can We Stop With The ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ Narrative Already?

Is it time to be disillusioned and recognise the inherent homophobia and misogyny that seem to underline this show that might as well be named Koffee with Kringe?
Let's Talk About Gender Expression In Hollywood And Bollywood, Shall We?

Let’s Talk About Gender Expression In Hollywood And Bollywood, Shall We?

Gender expression for women is largely dictated by what the society deems acceptable with its binding preconceived notions.

What Exactly Is Happening With Ishqbaaaz And Why Is Star India Still Silent About...

The makers of Ishqbaaaz have chosen a direction that does disservice to the female protagonist, the show, and everything the channel supposedly stands for.
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

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.
Engendered Study On How Ads Perpetuate Gender Stereotypes

A Study By Engendered Reveals How Diwali Ads Stereotype Women

Engendered analysed 80 print and audiovisual ads from the Diwali blitz period to study them for gender norms and gender stereotypes.

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“Not Same-sex Sexuality But Modern Homophobia Is The Western Import”: Ruth Vanita

“Not Same-sex Sexuality But Modern Homophobia Is The Western Import”: Ruth Vanita

Ruth Vanita's books broke fresh ground in gender studies by showing that India has a long tradition of same-sex desire.
internalized misogyny

A 101 Introduction To Internalized Misogyny

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you must have heard the phrase ‘I am not like other girls’ or 'I am not like most girls' somewhere.
How Sexism & Misogyny In Indian Comedy Encourages Gender-based Violence

How Sexism & Misogyny In Indian Comedy Encourages Gender-based Violence

Does Indian comedy has to be sexist and misogynist in order to be funny?