Designer: Anita Dongre
Bastille || The Draw FULL
In literature as in life, the rules are all too often different for girls. There are many instances where an unlikable man is billed as an anti-hero, earning a special term to explain those ways in which he deviates from the norm, the traditionally likable. Beginning with Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye, the list is long. An unlikable man is inscrutably interesting, dark, or tormented but ultimately compelling even when he might behave in distasteful ways.
When women are unlikable, it becomes a point of obsession in critical conversations by professional and amateur critics alike. Why are these women daring to flaunt convention? Why aren’t they making themselves likable (and therefore acceptable) to polite society? In a Publisher’s Weekly interview with Claire Messud about her recent novel, which features a rather “unlikable” protagonist named Nora who is bitter, bereft, and downright angry about what her life has become, the interviewer said, “I wouldn’t want to be friends with Nora, would you? Her outlook is almost unbearably grim.” And there we have it. A reader was here to make friends with the characters in a book and she didn’t like what she found.
Messud, for her part, had a sharp response for her interviewer. “For heaven’s sake, what kind of question is that? Would you want to be friends with Humbert Humbert? Would you want to be friends with Mickey Sabbath? Saleem Sinai? Hamlet? Krapp? Oedipus? Oscar Wao? Antigone? Raskolnikov? Any of the characters in The Corrections? Any of the characters in Infinite Jest? Any of the characters in anything Pynchon has ever written? Or Martin Amis? Or Orhan Pamuk? Or Alice Munro, for that matter? If you’re reading to find friends, you’re in deep trouble. We read to find life, in all its possibilities. The relevant question isn’t ‘Is this a potential friend for me?’ but ‘Is this character alive?’”
There are a lot of reasons why I like her.
•she’s one of the few people in the industry to have worked for a career. Unlike others, she wasn’t born to a family of actors or film makers.
Before she started modeling/acting she studied science to pursue a career in medicine. Despite having studied for the medical admissions exam she didn’t show up because she felt it wasn’t right for her. Her dad told her to get out of the house, so she did so without a single penny in her pocket. Her parents refused to support her decision to move to Mumbai to pursue the arts, so she was basically broke for years before her first movie
•she actually SPEAKS OUT about feminism in almost EVERY interview she’s on, which is huge considering bollywood stars have more of an effect on the Indian public than even politicians and many respected officials themselves. India is still a developing nation when it comes to equality. I really wish other stars would follow in Kangana’s footsteps but sadly most of them only care about glamour and promoting their own self indulgent movies
•She recently refused to do an ad campaign for a product that lightens the skin. She was offered 2 crores to become the face of the product. When asked about her refusal she said “Ever since I was a kid, I have never understood the concept of fairness. Especially, in such a case, as a celebrity, what kind of an example would I be setting for younger people? I have no regrets about turning this offer down. My sister (Rangoli Ranaut) is dusky, yet beautiful. If I go ahead and be part of this campaign, then, in a way, I would be insulting her. If I can’t do that to my sister, then how can I do it to the entire nation…?” She understands and acknowledges her privilege.
Someone previously asked me why I think she should get “so much credit” for “basic human decency”. She isn’t getting any credit. And the thing is, you can’t rely on people to understand basic human decency. India is OBSESSED with fairer skin.
You can’t ask me why I’m supporting Kangana when millions of people worship actors like Aishwarya Rai and Deepika Padukone, two of India’s extremely influentual stars (who btw have promoted products that claim to help lighten one’s skin tone). I wrote one text post about Kangana and suddenly some people are mad at me for “hyping” her……….
I know there are other issues in Bollywood (romanticization of the west, lack of darker skinned actors, etc). I know kangana Ranaut isnt a saint or a miracle worker. I’m just a fan and I think she deserves the same press as major commercial celebrities. She is atleast trying to express feminism in a country that treats women like slaves and sex workers. The fact that so many girls in India are treated like worthless dolls, and the fact that that image is reinforced by item songs, movies, etc, is a big deal.
I KNOW THIS POST IS RIDICULOUS BUT I HAVE SO MANY MESSAGES ABOUT THIS WTFF CHILL
MICHAEL CINCO Bridal Collection 2014-2015
Sometimes I can’t stop thinking about how Zuko accidentally spoke against his father and begged for forgiveness, on his knees with tears in his eyes, and got half his face burned off and banished from his home
Then Zuko betrayed his uncle and everything Iroh had ever taught him, begged for forgiveness on his knees with tears in his eyes, and got a hug and complete forgiveness and unconditional love