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In the Netflix show Mai, Is Revenge an Extension of Caregiving?
Culture
The revenge thriller becomes cathartic for all those who face gendered violence—physical or emotional. Sadly, murder remains a hyper-masculine vigilante response and difficult nuanced issues of gender injustice cannot be solved with gratuitous violence.
Does Bridgerton's Hybrid Genre Encourage Feminist Assertion or Limit Its Potential?
Culture
Are we expected to practice some kind of radical suspension of disbelief to imagine that everyone in the world of Bridgerton is rich? Including the servants? Box ourselves in, a bit like Marie Antoinette and just assume there’s always brioche for everyone in Bridgerton?
Time Out: Punctuality Is Not a Virtue but a Privilege Only a Few Can Afford
Culture
The understanding that punctuality is essential to all organized work is a capitalist construct, designed for an efficient extraction of labour and to maintain its unsparing control in the hands of a few.
The Burden of Beauty: Female Nerds in Pop Culture Are Still Not Free
Culture
Imagine a story in which a woman's appearance is irrelevant to her intelligence. Perhaps, she would still be desired and considered beautiful—albeit unconventionally—like Benedict Cumberbatch.
How Unconventional Family Dramas Reimagine Parenting
Culture
Is there a parenting healthier than a righteous, moralistic, and disciplining parenting that polices children’s choices?
5 min read
Of Breasts and Body Politics
Body Politics
There’s something inherently perverse about how the patriarchy thinks about breasts. While it freely sexualizes and glorifies women’s breasts in a toxic bacchanalia of misogyny, women themselves aren’t free to do the same. Female desire, after all, is at the margins of India’s popular culture.
Cultural Narratives Are Botching Up Trans Portrayals and Hurting Trans Communities
Trans Rights
To maintain cis-heteronormativity, popular cultural narratives, especially in the entertainment and sports industry, harm the trans community by ridiculing and appropriating transness.
6 min read
Bharatanatyam: The Choreography of a Brahmanical Past
Culture
How hereditary dancers’ communities were shamed and “rescued” by a Brahmanical morality that could not accommodate women whose sexuality transgressed the norms.
10 min read
Why We Need to Centre Queer People for Whom Pride Is Neither a Celebration nor Rebellion
LGBTQIA+
The casteism and cis privilege reflected in mainstream media are, sadly, very much a part of the Indian LGBTQ+ community itself—a space that is supposed to be for “everyone”.
Does “The Family Man” Season 2 Vilify a Largely Misunderstood Movement?
Culture
The Family Man (Season 2) is a series of missed opportunities to tell the story of power and pain of a community now displaced and isolated from their homeland.
Five Films and Series That Portray the Reality of Mental Health Challenges
Culture
The entertainment industry has a long way to go when it comes to depicting mental illnesses in a manner that doesn’t perpetuate stigma. However, a recent spurt of shows and films seem to have kick-started some nuanced and healthy conversations.
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