Never Have I Ever has had mixed reviews all over the internet, but no one is talking about a crucial choice for representation that the show made this season: their discussion of eating disorders. Dive into the analysis of this new form of representation for South Asian Americans with this whirlwind of a show.
Adding desi elements to everyday Western outfits initially started out as just a fun fusion of my cultural identities. However, as I started playing with combinations more frequently, I began to feel that this style changed how I thought about clothing on my body.
Many young Desis struggle against the “log kya kahenge” mindset almost every day. But while this sentiment reigns among a lot of elderly Indians, regardless of gender, we seem to be most pressed by the imposition of these standards by the aunties. Let’s explore why we disproportionately blame older Indian women for their internalized biases and how we can move away from that.