Articles by The Ladies Finger
Jun 09, 2019
Tayari Jones' An American Marriage is a swift-paced, nuanced story of a falsely incarcerated black manTayari Jones' prose in An American Marriage has a fable-like quality, and knowing how much research she did makes you appreciate the writing even more, because none of it shows. It would have been easy for a less skilled and stylish writer to drown in the details and statistics. Instead this is a novel like a jewel, gleaming, rich and impressive.
Jun 06, 2019
Prompt Twitter: The best of school slam books, the old Internet, and note-writing in ancient KyotoThese past few months Prompt Twitter has made an otherwise often-depressing website an enjoyable place in a way that it has never been enjoyable for me | Nisha Susan writes
Jun 04, 2019
Killing Eve Season 2: Jodie Comer, Sandra Oh's spy thriller upends the genre by subverting gender stereotypesKilling Eve's unusual blend of dark comedy and high jinx thrills has won it a clutch of awards, including multiple BAFTAs, Golden Globes and a Peabody.
May 24, 2019
Jokha Alharthi's Celestial Bodies: Man Booker Int Prize winner shows what is remembered, forgotten in a ‘new’ nationJokha Alharthi's Celestial Bodies tells us about the massive changes that Oman saw between the early '80s and the early noughts and how the arrival of oil money affected people across class and ethnicity. It talks about love, sex, ambition, pretension and grief.
May 20, 2019
De De Pyaar De is an unfunny fantasy peddled by Luv Ranjan to his male viewersDe De Pyaar De doesn’t have the famous anti-women rants of PKP and PKP 2, but it will still please the mards in the audience.
May 06, 2019
Avengers: Endgame is proof that Marvel never gave Black Widow the importance and arc she deservesIn the Marvel franchise, male superheroes get thrice more screen-time than female characters, and an important Avenger like Black Widow gets severely sidestepped in the finale film.
Apr 24, 2019
Akshay Kumar interviews Narendra Modi: An artistic appreciation of PM demonstrating ye olde ‘Man Tells Wife Joke’A critical deconstruction of a moment in Akshay Kumar's interview of Narendra Modi, when the PM decided to demonstrate a national artefact – 'Man Tells Wife Joke'
Apr 09, 2019
Lo Baith Gayi Theek Se isn't about 'womanspreading', it's a call to defy the policing of women's bodiesIn early March, a pair of young Karachi feminists, Rumisa Lakhani and Rashida Shabbir Hussain, created a poster with the Lo Baith Gayi Theek Se (Here, I'm sitting properly) slogan juxtaposed with a cartoon of a girl holding her thighs apart like a wrestler. This is the poster they carried to the Aurat March on Women’s Day in their city, a march in which over 7,000 women participated.
Jan 31, 2019
Why the controversial Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland is an unavoidable cultural earthquake2019 might be the year we finally face up to the possibility that Michael Jackson was a serial pedophile. It's hard to read the previous sentence, but it's time we did.
Jan 17, 2019
Gillette's controversial ad essentially asks men to be better — and then sets the bar really lowGillette’s “best” version of men are “great” guys who don’t assault others, don’t demean women, and are not generally indecent. That doesn't sound too hard, does it?