In Honor of Silk Smitha's Birthday, a Repost of my Hindi Film 101 on Types of Item Songs and Their Various Meanings

Every once in a while the war drums start beating about how item songs are the cause of all the bad things that happen to women in India, and it always bothers me, because “item songs” ends up including a whole range of songs that are completely different in meaning.  Oh, and this is kind of a partner with this post that goes into what objectification means, and this post that talks about male and female gaze)

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Male Gaze/Female Gaze Pop Quiz Post!!!!

I put up a post a few days ago which did NOT get as many views as it deserved (because it was really good! Read it here!), so now I am going to put up a fun version of it.  Can you pick the correct answer?????

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Hindi Film 101: “Male Gaze” and “Female Gaze” in Indian Film, or Why John Abraham Keeps Taking His Shirt Off

This is an off-shoot of my post on misogyny/objectification/patriarchy, in the comments there was a discussion of whether or not men are objectified in Indian film, which got me thinking about the “male” and “female” gaze questions.

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