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Popular Media and Sexuality

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Superman and Blackman: Two Queer Indulgences

#1 My computer desktop features one of the most recognizable icons of 21st century (Western) popular culture: Superman, in his Christopher Reeve avatar. I found it randomly surfing through the Internet and can’t figure out which film this screen-shot is from. What is distinctive about this particular image of the icon of benevolent super-masculinity, is…
A picture of multicoloured puppets from the show 'sesame street'

Gender and Sesame Street

My mother was not a role model for me when I was growing up – not in the traditional sense of role models. She loved me more than anything else in the world, to accept my decisions: wearing shorts and not frilly lace frocks, playing football instead of learning Rabindra Sangeet (that every man, woman,…
Painting depicting a woman with a television set in place of her reproductive organs who is also watching a television

Media and Sexuality

    The painting depicts a woman with a television set in place of her reproductive organs who is also watching a television. In terms of sexuality and the media, the painting tries to highlight the fact that a woman’s vagina is used as a form of entertainment, and this same entertaining ‘content’ is being…
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The Editorial: Popular Media and Sexuality

“The writer cannot be a mere storyteller; he cannot be a mere teacher; he cannot merely X-ray society’s weaknesses, its ills, its perils. He or she must be actively involved shaping its present and its future.” Media is a representation of our society as a whole. It reflects our dreams, desires and shortcomings. It also…
Poster for the film 'dirty picture', shoeing actress vidya balan leaning against actor emraan hashmi

The Dirty Picture

The Dirty Picture, directed by Milan Luthria (2011) has ushered in various debates around sexuality through its representation of sexuality and the corpus of texts surrounding it, such as the public image of the actor playing the lead role. The film is widely believed to have been inspired by the life of Indian film actor,…
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रानी की कहानी

हरयाणा में  हर 1000 लड़कों पर केवल 830 लड़कियां हैं। ब्रेकथ्रू हरयाणा में पिछले २ वर्षों से लिंग भेद व लिंग चयन  के खिलाफ अपने अभियान के दौरान एक नुक्कड़ नाटक -  रानी की कहानी - द्वारा हज़ारों लोगो को इस मुद्दे से जोड़ता आया है। यह कहानी एक ऐसी लड़की की है जो हरयाणा…
A cartoon illustration of a clitoris with a face drawn on it, the caption below it reads, 'making masturbation female friendly'

Never Mind The Nipples: Sex, Gender and Social Media

Five snippets from three months. In August, Indian actress Poonam Pandey dons a bikini for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and posts a video of it on Facebook. Facebook's reaction? Ban the page, which is followed by 2.1 million people. Why? We don't know. In July, American teenager Samantha Newman instagrams photos of herself in…
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