Business consultant, pop-culture nerd, occasional writer
Annie Hariharan is a business consultant, pop-culture nerd and occasional writer. She is interested in people, places and cultural identities and is constantly searching for better ways to narrate these stories.
Obviously, many people have committed to disliking the movie even before watching it. The movie will soon end its run in the cinema, so here's a guide on how to engage naysayers with or without dropping the word 'sexist'.
I have a 'go to' movie for every occasion ('Love Actually' for Christmas, 'Mean Girls' for when I'm recovering from a cold), so I constantly find myself re-watching movies in the way some people look forward to greeting old friends. And, just like with old friends, I find myself reacting differently to a movie after each viewing.
In 2013, I volunteered to teach English at an education centre in East Bali for a month. I was armed with nothing more than good intentions and a need to 'give back' because of my own middle-class privilege. But within the first few weeks, I begun to realise that the volunteers' presence might actually be more damaging for the students' education.