Something a bit different, this could easily be a blog post but it would be a long boring one, and I would probably get angry comments on it. So instead, a video! Which will either be completely ignored, or I will get angry comments on youtube, but I don’t care as much about youtube people.
This is dealing with the question of what shifted in Indian popular culture and the view of the “ideal” Indian woman thanks to the 1990s beauty queens. I wrote a paper and did a conference talk on this a few years back, but this is all of that research sort of boiled down and updated.
For background reading, check out these 3 articles. And especially admire one of my all-time favorite titles, “Ash-Colored Whiteness”.