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Margarita with a Straw

Still from "Fire", showing two women standing together intimately, smiles on their faces

Let’s Talk About 377 | Popular Culture is Changing How India Views Homosexuality

When Deepa Mehta’s Fire came out in 1996, violent protests roiled India over the depiction of romance between two female leads. There is no homosexuality in India, demonstrators declared while burning effigies in the Capital. In contrast, when Margarita With A Straw came out in 2014, it received accolades for its sensitive portrayal of queer desire in a woman with disability.
Still from an Hindi film "Margarita with a Straw". A young woman with oily hair is laughing. An older woman wearing a blue nightgown is massaging her hair.

FILMS OF DESIRE/BODIES OF DESIRE

The Church says: the body is a sin Science says: the body is a machine Advertising says: the body is a business The Body says: I am a fiesta – Eduardo Galeano in Walking Words Bodies are central to human beings. And the way we experience our bodies is closely linked to how we experience desire. The desiring…
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