Arts + Culture
The song from the state of Tamil Nadu in the very south of the Indian subcontinent was an instant hit and inspired hundreds of covers, song reactions and personal dance videos.
The current ‘ideal’ female figure is made up of a set of unattainable contradictions – ultra-slim but not too bony, curvaceous but not too broad, wide hips but a small waist, strong but still dainty and graceful. We are unknowingly surrounded by anti-fat messages such as these, and the damaging effects of this reach far beyond women who are heavier-than-average and it instead harms all those who view it.
The recent increase in the popularity of female rap through platforms such as Tiktok has led listeners to view the music as both empowering and progressive. However, many still argue that the sexual and arguably aggressive lyrics of women in the industry further perpetuate the misogynistic connotations of hip-hop. Regardless of the stance that one may take on the topic, it seems as though there is an undeniable depth to our beloved hot girl summer anthems.
What makes the show special is its achievement in the understanding of what real life could look like while in the guise of a murder mystery. But this was not a murder mystery to begin with. You are not investing your time to find how it all ends but instead, how the journey takes place.
Written and co-directed by the charismatic talent, Michaela Coel, who also plays the lead role of Arabella, I May Destroy You is one of the best portrayals of millennial life in recent times.
The original series had us romanticising a world of materialism fuelled by the capitalism of the millennial boom. But as these ideals came crashing down around us, viewers of Gossip Girl began using the series as a form of escapism from the surrounding depression. Will the newest reboot represent a more diverse, inclusive and relatable version of the Upper East Side?
A look at how the MCU have finally provided an in-depth insight into the humane and vulnerable side of the female superhero.
Parisa Zangeneh reviews A Wiser Girl by Moya Roddy
“Maya’s encounters with the injustice of the Sri Lankan violence were silenced by the fear and oppression which reigned over the nation for decades. Paper Planes is an anthem of protest against the scapegoating stereotypes which plague the immigrant communities of the world.”
Deepthi Suresh reviews the Korean Netflix drama ‘Crash Landing on You’ and explores how it transcends stereotypes of both North and South Korea.