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The Gilmore Girls Revival Gets Real (But it is Still a Beautiful Escape From These Troubled Times)

The Gilmore Girls Revival Gets Real (But it is Still a Beautiful Escape From These Troubled Times)

“Haley Mlotek of The New York Times coined the phrase “emotional speculative fiction” to talk about Gilmore Girls, and that is still the best description of the show to date. As someone who doesn’t have a hometown, Stars Hollow has always offered me a special kind of comfort in imagining what it would be like to live and grow up in one place.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, November 2016. Read full post.

On Consent and Being an “Other” in Trump’s America

On Consent and Being an “Other” in Trump’s America

“These (white) individuals believe I owe them explanations of who I am so they will know where and how to file my brown presence with a suitable label, thereby establishing my validity as an American. These (white) individuals believe it’s their right to put their hands on me because I am different from. Ultimately, these these are questions of (white) entitlement over people of color’s bodies, because it’s never brown or black people who ask invasive questions or cross physical boundaries. They probably have it happen often enough to understand how degrading and humiliating it is to have someone treat you like a zoo or sideshow exhibit.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, November 2016. Read full post.

“Good Girls Marry Doctors” Anthology Unveils South Asian Women’s Fraught Lives

“Good Girls Marry Doctors” Anthology Unveils South Asian Women’s Fraught Lives

“Piyali Bhattacharya’s Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion was the book I had been waiting to read my entire life. Finally, a book about us. A book that represents us. Us South Asian American sisters who straddled multiple worlds and did our best to find a balance that most of the time was always going to be just out of reach.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, October 2016. Read full post.

Skirt Warning Won’t Prevent India Rapes

Skirt Warning Won’t Prevent India Rapes

“For a country in which one of the national dresses for women is the sari — an outfit that, even with all its yards of fabric, features a crop top that exposes a woman’s cleavage, back, and full belly — it was jarring to read that the Indian Minister of Tourism, Mahesh Sharma, issued a travel advisory to foreign women telling them to not wear skirts.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, October 2016. Read full post.

Mindy Kaling’s Brother Slut-Shamed Her to Distract From His Bizarre Race Experiment

Mindy Kaling’s Brother Slut-Shamed Her to Distract From His Bizarre Race Experiment

“Slut-shaming is not new in Asian immigrant communities. Conservatism abounds, and the sometimes-insulated nature of many Asian communities, especially in the older generations, pushes back and hard against younger members getting too assimilated by mainstream American culture. The policing of women’s sexuality is a cornerstone of this conservativism, and you’d be hard-pressed to find an Asian-American woman who hasn’t been slut-shamed by a family member or many of them, and more than once. The difference is that most of these chastisements take place in the privacy of the home, not in the media.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, October 2016. Read full post.

Everything I Know About Body Positivity I Learned From Saris and Tattoos

Everything I Know About Body Positivity I Learned From Saris and Tattoos

“My tattoos teach me how to own myself, to shape my figure into who I want to be, not the person anyone else expects. My new curves make me feel solid and present in my body like I’ve never felt before, fierce and strong. And now all I need is a sparkling plus-size sari to pour all this fabulousness into.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, August 2016. Read full post.