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i literally agree with everything you’ve written here. totally over-looked the glaringly obvious issue as a kid but yeah, there was definitely an imposition of the female expression in this movie ugh

I know what you mean! It’s like I finally opened my eyes, 16 years later lol

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#this is brilliant#I literally agree with every single thing#it is quite sad though#I grew up with karan johar films and pretty much all his films are problematic#text#bollywood#kuch kuch hota hai

Thanks! And I give complete credit to the internet for making me more aware of discrimination. Lol don’t get me started on Karan. His movies are a guilty pleasure for me, but he doesn’t represent females well.  

I’ll just answer these two questions at the same time since they’re both about my tag on this post. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to death. It was the first Hindi movie I saw in theaters, way back in 1998, and I still continue to watch it to this day because it’s a classic.

As for the whole “misogynistic” thing. If you don’t want to use that word since it literally means “women hating,” we can use the word “gender policing.” There’s a reason I reblogged those 2 scenes. They’re highlighting two different points in Anjali’s life. One is when she was looked like a “tomboy” and the other is when she “looked and acted like a lady should.” She was in love with Rahul. Rahul didn’t not feel the same way. That is perfectly fine. But Rahul and the entire college constantly made fun of Anjali for “dressing and acting like a boy” when she was a girl. Anjali suddenly got it into her head that she needed to “look girly” in order for Rahul to notice her. When she did attempt to look like the definition of “girly,” she was the laughingstock of the entire college. Poor girl just couldn’t win with either look.

Fast forward to 8-10 something years later. Anjali is a completely new person. She has long hair and is used to wearing sarees, unlike when she was in college. What’s even better yet, Rahul falls in love with Anjali all these years later because she “suddenly looks like a girl.” That is literally a line said in the movie. Because she has a complete transformation and changed herself according to what society thinks a girl should act like, she gained the approval of all those around her and the love of her life. This is what gender policing is. Establishing certain rules on how a gender should look and behave. I’m not saying Anjali is at fault for giving herself a makeover. What stands out is the fact that Rahul is attracted to her because she is acting like how Rahul thinks a girl should act, as opposed to the “tomboyish” look she sported when she and Rahul were best friends.

If I didn’t explain this well, watch 1:40-3:40 of this video. Or watch the whole video to see the bigger picture

It may not seem like a big deal to most people, but Bollywood movies and other forms of entertainment send out a big message to the viewers, and to India itself. As a child, when I saw this movie, I truly believed I needed to look a certain way to get a boy’s attention, as did probably all the females who watched this movie. It sends out a message to men, women, parents, teachers, that this is what women or men should act like, and he/she will get rewarded for it. It’s an ongoing cycle that’s practically brainwashing us. There’s no lie when we say that the media influences a lot of what we think. It never really occurred to me that KKHH was sending out this message until I saw the video I linked above. It never occurred to us that a movie we love this much was possibly advocating all that we possibly don’t stand for. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai isn’t the only movie that does this. Many Indian movies send out messages like this.

That being said, I am a huge fan of Bollywood cinema and regional cinema all over India. I grew up with films, but I can’t help but hesitate to reevaluate all those movies I love. We are so influenced by these story lines, these cinema tropes, and the characters, that we overlook the fact that it might be demeaning to a certain gender or group.

You don’t need to agree with me. If you have seen my blog you know that I am a huge fan of Indian cinema. But being a fan of something is also being able to see the flaws of that fandom.

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Thank you so much! You should try mac twig lipstick :)

No problem! and thanks for the tip :)

Anonymous asked:
Hey! I was wanting to know how do you define your style? Where do you like to shop? Also how do you do your makeup? What products do you use? (sorry if this seems weird)

Hey this isn’t a weird question! I just don’t know if I am the best person you should be asking this question, mainly because I don’t put as much as an effort as I should in the quality of what I wear and where I shop.

I shop at anywhere from Forever21 to H&M to boutiques to department stores. As long as it’s within my budget and looks OK to me, I’ll buy it. I’m not gonna lie, I pretty much choose what style suits me based on what I see other people wearing or what is popular. You could say that I conform to what society thinks looks good, but I believe that I’m just not knowledgeable enough in the world of fashion to choose something that I could call “my own.” And I’m perfectly fine with that, lol. When I am at school, I honestly go with comfort. Since the weather is getting colder, I don’t even consider style anymore, I go with whatever is comfortable and warm. I define “my style” as within my budget (lol), comfortable most of the time, and fitting my body type.

And don’t even get me started on makeup. I love doing my makeup but I don’t invest in it as much as I would like to, mainly because I would like to use half the name brand quality products most people use, but I don’t. If I’m doing my whole face and not going for the “simpler” look, I go in this order:

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