Nov 24, 2021 1 min, 27 secs
“I’m super sex positive,” Bela tells her new roommates, the other main characters of Mindy Kaling’s new HBO show, “The Sex Lives of College Girls.”.

Sex has long been either a defining or alienating feature for South Asian women in Western cinema.

But missing even in more inclusive portrayals is a South Asian girl who is purely confident and clear about what she wants, viewers said.

“What I really appreciated about Bela was the lack of soul-searching and hand-wringing,” said Harleen Singh, associate professor of women’s studies and South Asian literature at Brandeis University.

“I think that Bela is a lot more brave and outgoing than many of us were,” Sakhuja-Walia said.

While the character’s Indian background isn’t the center of her college experience, she says South Asian women can pick up on the story behind her motivations. 

But with a generation of first-generation South Asian Americans becoming adults, characters like Bela might represent a turning point in how communities treat sexuality. 

Movies and shows in which South Asian characters are normal and desirable are slowly beginning to emerge, but it’s an area in which Hollywood has historically had a problem. 

Singh points to movies like "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," in which the only nonwhite women are oppressed under the violence of evil, monkey-brain-eating Indians, and “the only woman that’s allowed to be beautiful is the white woman.”

In the Harry Potter movies, coy and irritating Parvati and Padma slink in the vicinity of the main characters, hoping to be noticed by them but ultimately being cast aside and ignored. 

Kaling’s last project, “Never Have I Ever,” marked a change — an open door for South Asian American main characters, Singh said

1. Tom Holland Reacts To Reports of a New MCU Spider-Man Trilogy -
Nov 30, 2021 # entertainment 34 secs
2. Holiday shoppers spend big, hunt for out-of-stock items
Nov 27, 2021 # breaking 2 secs
3. Expectant mothers with sexually transmitted infections are more likely to give birth prematurely, study finds - CNN
Nov 29, 2021 # health 54 secs
4. There’s Now a Browser Extension That Lets You See Dislikes on YouTube Again (For Now) - Gizmodo
Dec 03, 2021 # technology 44 secs
5. Vitamin D deficiency: Three 'overwhelming' feelings are 'surprising' symptoms - Daily Express
Nov 28, 2021 # health 42 secs
6. Apple AirTags Are Now Being Used To Steal Cars In Canada - Jalopnik
Dec 03, 2021 # technology 39 secs
7. Why NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Matters So Much - Quanta Magazine
Dec 03, 2021 # science 14 mins, 37 secs
8. Seagate introduces IronWolf Pro & Exos X20 20TB HDDs for necessity of large capacity drives for consumers - Wccftech
Dec 03, 2021 # technology 39 secs
9. 'Chucky' Season 1 Finale Recap — Episode 8, 'An Affair to Dismember' - TVLine
Dec 01, 2021 # entertainment 1 min, 40 secs
10. Dr. Fauci, please listen to the science on natural immunity
Dec 01, 2021 # breaking 2 secs
11. Hulu pulls 'Astroworld: Concert From Hell' after backlash - Los Angeles Times
Dec 02, 2021 # entertainment 1 min, 22 secs
12. Horoscope For The Week Of November 29 - December 5, 2021 - YourTango
Nov 27, 2021 # entertainment 46 secs
13. Omicron unravels travel industry's plans for a comeback - Associated Press
Dec 01, 2021 # politics 1 min, 28 secs
14. Weapons expert points to possible explanation for how live rounds got on 'Rust' set - NBC News
Dec 01, 2021 # politics 1 min, 3 secs
15. Razer and Qualcomm made a Nintendo Switch-like game console... but you can’t buy it - TechRadar
Dec 02, 2021 # technology 1 min, 50 secs
16. Jared Leto Is Hilarious in 'House of Gucci'—but What About Those Teen Allegations? - The Daily Beast
Nov 28, 2021 # entertainment 1 min, 7 secs


Get monthly updates and free resources.


© Copyright 2021 365NEWSX - All RIGHTS RESERVED