Saturday, September 21, 2019

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.

#ThatsHarassment

Why You Should Be Watching #ThatsHarassment – The Video Series On Sexual Harassment

#ThatsHarassment is a series of 6 short films talking about the pervasiveness of sexual harassment in everyday life – and they're brilliant.
Disney Princesses

How To Be A Damsel-In-Distress: A Lesson By Disney Princesses

Disney princesses teach us valuable lessons in patriarchy – how to be saved by men, how to follow instructions, and how to stay beautiful.
The Sororal Saga: Female Friendships In Bollywood

The Sororal Saga: Female Friendships In Bollywood

Female friendships in Bollywood movies haven’t been explored as much as male friendships. There is more celebration of female enmity in Indian cinema: women pitted against each other centred on a male, mostly the hero.
Hermione Granger

Ron Weasley Was The Worst Thing To Happen To Hermione Granger

For Hermione to qualify as a friend and as a substantial character, she had to be brilliant, provide the two boys with notes so they didn't fail, look over their homework, save their lives and occasionally take the blame for their rule-breaking.
The Big Bang Theory And Its Black Holes: A Feminist review of the series finale.

The Big Bang Theory And Its Black Holes: A Feminist Review Of The Series...

The finale of The Big Bang Theory aired on Friday raises important questions with regard to its women characters and their representation.
Cartoon by Mario Miranda

The Cartoons Of Mario Miranda And The Art of Sexist Nostalgia

Mario Miranda's depiction of female characters, however, seemed to be hand in glove with staple Whatsapp forwards I come across regularly on family groups – portraying women as looks obsessed, poking fun at women whose bodies do not conform to beauty norms, and reproducing the stereotype of the bullying, money-burning, suspicious wife and the harassed, hard working husband.

Why Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s #MeToo Episode Was Perfect In Its Portrayal

It was incredibly refreshing to see the #MeToo movement portrayed on Brooklyn Nine-Nine with such honesty.
A Feminist Reading Of Thor: Ragnarok

A Feminist Reading Of Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok attempts to stand out from the rest of the films in the MCU by better representation of its female characters.
Female Comedians: Aditi Mittal

India’s Female Comedians Are A Badass And Much-Needed Counter To Sexist Humour

One needs to direct less laughter at women and more by women. Female comedians introduce the woman's perspective in India's comedy arena.
femvertising

Femvertising: How Corporates Co-opt Feminism To Sell Us Things

Femvertising is trend of corporates employing feminist ideals in order to sell products – except that they get it wrong most of the time.

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The Shortcomings Of Affirmative Action In India— A Chapter On Caste

The Shortcomings Of Affirmative Action In India— A Chapter On Caste

India boasts of the oldest and among the farthest-reaching set of affirmative action policies, enshrined within the constitution, created for the purpose of tackling caste-based discrimination and generations of injustice. Despite this, the goal of the annihilation of caste is far from being actualised.
Why Do Bollywood Movies About Women Have Male Protagonists?

Why Do Bollywood Movies About Women Have Male Protagonists?

Over the past two decades, many Bollywood films that have been hailed as women empowerment movies. But are these movies actually giving us powerful female protagonists, or just a reiteration of gender roles through male protagonists?
Why Do We Need The Menstrual Leave Policy In India?

Why Do We Need The Menstrual Leave Policy In India?

The debate on the ‘Menstruation Benefit Bill’ tabled by Ninong Ering, a Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha representing Arunachal Pradesh in 2018, triggered widespread discussion on the need to have menstrual leave policy for working women every month.