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.

My ID Is Gangnam Beauty Review: What’s Wrong With Plastic?

My ID Is Gangnam Beauty Review: What’s Wrong With Plastic?

'My ID is Gangnam Beauty' does not dismiss the beauty industry. The focus is on choice and self-love. If self-love is to be achieved through medical interference, it is considered perfectly alright.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Is What TV (And The World) Should Look Like

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Is What TV (And The World) Should Look Like

People of colour, women, and LGBTQIA+ characters on Brooklyn Nine-Nine aren't props to bounce jokes off of – instead, they are well-written characters who serve as important a function.
In ‘The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’, Witchcraft Is The Backdrop To A Bigger Problem – Patriarchy

In ‘The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’, Witchcraft Is The Backdrop To A Bigger Problem...

Through the course of the story, Sabrina’s defiance of the rules of the dark world unravels a series of mishaps that ultimately can be undone by her – and that would come at a price.
How K-Pop Perpetuates Double Standards For Men And Women

How K-Pop Perpetuates Double Standards For Men And Women

The popularity of K-pop groups and solo singers rests on their ability to fit into the moulds of what constitutes appropriate behaviour for men and women.
Killing Eve Review: Subverting The Spy Thriller Genre

Killing Eve Review: Subverting The Spy Thriller Genre

Killing Eve is a dangerous yet oftentimes facetious dance of twisted seduction that not only passes the Bechdel test but flips it on its head.
Why Must Sumukhi Suresh's Legacy Be Tainted By Utsav Chakraborty?

Why Must Sumukhi Suresh’s Legacy Be Tainted By Utsav Chakraborty?

Hotstar’s decision to take down Better Life Foundation is an empty gesture as it invalidates the talent of women like Sumukhi Suresh and Debbie Rao.
Performers From South Asia Working Towards A More Inclusive Hollywood

How Performers From South Asia Are Working Towards A More Inclusive Hollywood

In the last few years, performers from South Asia have been rising to prominence and using their platform to call out Hollywood’s bias.
From Bollywood To The Great Indian Middle Class: Why Is Caste Continued to be Erased

From Bollywood To The Great Indian Middle Class: Why Does Caste Continue To Be...

In Indian cinema, caste continues to be wilfully erased and invisibilised as our society refuses to acknowledge its ugly casteist practices.
When Uppity Women United: A Review of She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry Review: When Uppity Women United

'She's Beautiful When She's Angry' gives an account of the second wave feminism by portraying its hilarious take on feminist stereotypes.
Wild Wild Country Review: The Capitalist Wokeology Of Osho

Wild Wild Country Review: The Capitalist Wokeology Of Osho

Wild Wild Country documents the rise and fall of the controversial city of Rajnesshpuram in Oregon, USA in the 1980s.

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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?