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De acuerdo con Pornhub, ellas son las pornstars más destacadas de 2017

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El sitio más famoso de contenido para adultos, lanzó un listado para consentir a sus usuarios
De acuerdo con Pornhub, ellas son las pornstars más destacadas de 2017Muchas de estas pornstars son parte de la fantasía de muchos y muchas (FOTO ESPECIAL)

Pornhub es el sitio de pornografía más grande del mundo, quien lanzó un listado de las pornstars más destacadas en 2017.

La empresa pretende consentir a sus usuarios, quienes han contribuido a catapultar a estas bellas mujeres a la fama.

Aquí está la lista de las mujeres más deseadas y cotizadas en la industria prono:

August Ames

August Ames de 23 años, falleció el pasado 5 de diciembre a causa por un posible suicidio.

Mia Khalifa

La ex actriz porno y celebridad libanesa, de acuerdo con Pornhub, sus videos siguen siendo unos de los más vistos.

Riley Reid

Antes de dedicarse al cine porno, trabajó como striper. Comenzó su carrera como actriz pornográfica a los 19 años en el 2011, utilizando inicialmente el nombre artístico de Paige Riley. A la fecha, ha participado en más de 570 películas.

Moriah Mills

Mills es alguien que puede robarte la mirada. Si la sigues en Instagram, seguramente te volverás loco con sus videos haciendo twerking.

Nicole Aniston

Actriz porno y modelo estadounidense quien inició en 2010 y desde entonces ha aparecido en 715 videos realizados en Pornhub.

Brandi Love

Actriz porno, modelo erótica y empresaria estadounidense, debutó en el 2006 a los 33 años de edad. Como dato curioso de esta hermosa mujer, antes de dedicarse a la industria pornográfica, uno de sus múltiples trabajos fue ser camarera en un restaurante de Burger King.

Lisa Ann

La productora, directora y actriz retirada del cine pornográfico, catalogada como una de las mejores del mundo. Con 2,379 videos se corona como la #6.

Alexis Texas

Actriz porno que inició en la industria pornográfica en el 2006, con 21 años de edad. Actualmente, es una de las más reconocidas del mundo con 1,661 videos en PornHub.

Madison Ivy

Actriz porno alemana, quien se aumentó de busto de copa B a D para lucir una figura sexy. Asimismo, desde el 2009 ha sido galardonada con varios premios de la misma industria.

Lana Rhoades

Actriz porno de ascendencia checoslovaca, que antes de dedicarse a la industria pornográfica a los 20 años de edad, fue camarera en la cadena de restaurantes The Tilted Kilt. Nominada a varios premios y ganadora en el 2017 del ‘Premio Stella Cox’s Favorite Stalker’ y ‘World’s Hottest ‘Would Be’ Lesbian’.

Kimmy Granger

Todo lo que sabe lo aprendió de su madre, que fue en su juventud stripper y modelo erótica en revistas para adulto. A los 20 años de edad, empezó a debutar en cine porno. El apellido de su nombre artístico es un homenaje al personaje de Hermione Granger de la saga de Harry Potter.

Dillion Harper

Conocida por ser “La Yuya” de la pornografía por su parecido y popularidad, comenzó en la industria porno en el 2012 a los 18 años de edad. Además es modelo de lencería.

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Harry Potter Role-Playing Game Set at Hogwarts on Tap for Spring 2018 Release

Whip out your virtual wands: Another Harry Potter game is coming in 2018.

J.K. Rowling’s multibillion-dollar wizarding franchise will get a new mobile game, “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery,” set to be released next spring. It’s billed as the first game in which players can create their own characters — and experience life as a Hogwarts student.

The game is being developed by L.A.-based mobile games studio Jam City in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment under a licensing deal.

The game will launch under Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Portkey Games, a new label dedicated to J.K. Rowling’s creations. Portkey also is home to the forthcoming “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite,” an augmented-reality game being developed by Niantic Labs (the company behind “Pokemon Go”).

In “Hogwarts Mystery,” players progress through their years at Hogwarts, participating in the magical classes and activities Potterheads have come to love, including Defence Against the Dark Arts, Potions, and Duelling Club. The game is actually set in the 1980s — before Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and friends have matriculated at the wizarding academy — although according to WB and Jam City, Albus Dumbledore and most of the iconic Hogwarts professors will appear in the game.

“‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery’ is a mobile gaming experience inspired by J.K. Rowling’s spellbinding lore, and it will be an exciting, fun way for fans to experience the Wizarding World,” said David Haddad, president of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and CEO of Jam City, added, “This game is a labor of love for our developers and artists, who are dedicated to creating the most magical entertainment and game play experience for everyone who adores J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.”

The free-to-play “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” game will be available for mobile devices via Apple’s App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. Info will be available on HarryPotterHogwartsMystery.com as well as on the game’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The seven books in Rowling’s Harry Potter series have sold over 450 million copies worldwide to date, while the Warner Bros. film adaptations have grossed more than $7.7 billion at the worldwide box office.

Jam City games include “Cookie Jam,” “Panda Pop,” “Family Guy: Another Freakin’ Mobile Game” and “Marvel Avengers Academy.” The 500-employee company, formerly called SGN, bought games studio TinyCo in 2016. Jam City investors include Korea’s Netmarble Games and Jeff Bezos’ Bezos Expeditions.

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5 Movies That Had Pretty Dumb Villains

Villainous characters help to put us on the edge in movies because of their complex agendas which can be elaborate enough to wipe off the protagonists in any movie.

Unfortunately however, a lot of the times the villains have their agendas coming back to haunt them because they underestimate the protagonists and get themselves in a ridiculous Web simply because they weren’t smart enough to know when to back down.

As a matter of fact, a lot of movies would not have seen the light of the day if the villains in them were smart enough to have made better decisions.

Check out five of your favourite movies from the past which would not have been if the villains were a tad smarter.

Home Alone (1990)

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This Christmas comedy movie stars young Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, a boy who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation.

The villains of the movie, Harry and Marv aren’t that bring as they are outsmarted by the young Kevin. brightest duo by a long shot. The villains passed through a lot of torture in the hands of Kevin as they are set on fire, burnt by hot doorknobs and scared by fireworks.

What makes it funny is that the duo are supposed to be hardened criminals who have been on the prowl without being captured for long. This makes it funny very funny that they were defeated by a young boy that is practically home alone.

They could just have found a better way such as entering the house while Kevin is asleep and getting the things they needed but their dumb nature is exactly what made the movie a blockbuster.

Blade (1998)

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Blade is an American vampire superhero film starring Wesley Snipes as Vampire-hunter Eric “Blade” Brooks and Stephen Dorff as Deacon Frost and is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.

Deacon frost as a ridiculous plan to wipe out all humans from existence by turning them into vampires in the first Blade movie. Frost’s intention is bizarre because if he wipes of all humans there would be no food supply for the vampires since they feed on human blood.

As such Deacon Frost’s dream of killing all humans would definitely lead to an extinction of his own kind too.

The Matrix (1999)

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The Matrix is a science-fiction movie starring Keanu Reeves as Thomas ‘Neo’ Anderson, Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity and Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith.

The villainous character of agent Smith could simply have brought a thousand versions of himself to overwhelm Neo and his crew before he had a chance to kill him.

Agent Smith should’ve brought a hundred versions of himself to the original Matrix movie which would have made the movie just one part instead of dragging us through 2 more.

The Harry Potter Films (2001-2011)

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This British film series based on the Harry Potter novels by author J. K. Rowling stars stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as the three leading characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

Despite how terrifying Voldemort looks, he’s not the smartest of villains as he had multiple opportunities to put an end to Harry Potter but failed to do so in all.

Sure, Voldemort looks terrifying, but he’s certainly not the smartest villain. How many times does Voldemort have young Harry Potter in a situation where he can easily put an end to him but hesitates because he wants to follow a complex and rigid route to achieve his aims.

This ultimately leads to the demise of Lord Voldemort. If only he had been smarter!

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

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The movie is the final installment in Nolan’s Batman film trilogy, and the sequel to Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008).

Christian Bale reprises the lead role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, and introduces Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), and Bane (Tom Hardy). Bane’s mission is to destroy Gotham City by any means possible, in fulfilment of Ra’s al Ghul’s wishes.

He however threatens to release use nuclear weapons all through the movie when he could simply have used it. He creates a plan to release all the prisoners at Blackgate Penitentiary, trap all police officers underground and take down the banks and the Gotham Stock Exchange.

He simply could have used the bomb in the first place, couldn’t he?

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Why You Have to Read Leia, Princess of Alderaan Before Seeing The Last Jedi

Leia, Princess of Alderaan book cover

Politics is wearing your best poker face. 16-year-old Princess Leia Organa of planet Alderaan learns this the hard way when she stiffly applauds the Empire’s motions toward yet another despotic act.

Carrie Fisher’s General Leia in The Force Awakens is a weary but still optimistic leader in her quest to restore galactic order. The young Princess Leia of Leia, Princess of Alderaan is just as hopeful and exhausted. As she observes in her adoptive parents’ aged countenance, the chaos of the world will whiten her own hair.

Author Claudia Gray has considerable craft in fashioning a complicated but comprehensible political boiling pot in the Star Wars realm. Leia serves as a spiritual successor and chronological predecessor to Gray’s Bloodline, which bridged the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens and uncannily mirrored the beats of the 2016 U.S. election. As a secure marriage of political thriller and coming-of-age tale, Leia serves as a reprisal of Gray’s coverage of Leia’s political life, this time tapping into her teen time as a politician-in-training at the Apprentice Legislature.

Leia opens in theatrics, as she goes through the script and choreography of her Day of Demand, exchanging dialogue and promises to her Queen mother, Breha Organa. Although the seat of monarchy requires a birthright (it’s an interesting twist in Leia’s case, for adoption welcomed her into a royal lineage), the Alderaan protocol scrutinizes the proof of ability. Leia must complete the Trials of the Body, Mind, and Heart to be declared a rightful heir. But as she proceeds, she uncovers her family’s involvement in the burgeoning Rebellion. Leia’s parents are determined to restrain Leia from nearing the crossfire of possible war, though they negotiate Leia’s royal activism with cautious pragmatism, regulating her diplomatic activities. But Leia has to measure out restraint with her fervor to do right by the galaxy.

Gray portrays Leia’s precocious and conscientious mindset with plausible age-appropriate vulnerabilities: She’s a Princess who juggles her primal need for her parents’ approval while understanding their royal duties. Most crucially, Gray has Leia grapple with cognitive dissonance: Although raised with a “justice at any cost” mentality, Leia has to reconcile the pragmatic notion that achieving peace will mean shedding blood and is unsure whether warfare in rebellion is a good idea.

To provide a contrast to Leia’s grimy outdoor missions, Gray finds intimacy in the domesticity of Leia’s regal interiors, down to the corridors and passages where Leia eavesdrops on her parents’ banquet for intel. Living up to the “Organa” name, Leia’s parents Bail and Breha feel organically like a family, full of procedural poise but also well balanced with ceremonial and the casual mannerisms alike. Breha Organa is also granted overdue reverence, redeeming her from the “sidelined (dead) maternal figure” status of Star Wars by illuminating her accomplishments as a mother and queen.

From rites of passage to parental obstruction, Gray applies the archetypical beats of the coming-of-age novel while freshening them with solid intrigue and believability. With one exception: I was iffy on the first-love romance between Leia and Alderaan Kier, a fellow Apprentice with a devotion to Alderaan. It’s not bereft of emotional beats and amusing interplay, though it is a tiresome heteronormative trope to have a boy-girl romance passed off as her “just being a normal girl, not a politician nor princess” phase of girlhood. Fortunately, as Leia’s story moves toward its climax, Gray diverts from the Kier-Leia dynamic in favor of the girl friendship between Leia and Apprentice Amilyn Holdo, and the outcome of Leia’s romance meets an end that invokes introspection for her cause.

Speaking of Amilyn, Leia’s kooky friend is to surface onscreen in The Last Jedi, portrayed by Laura Dern. The teenage Amilyn of the page is a scene-stealer, evocative of Luna Lovegood eccentricity. Leia initially believes Amilyn is too ditzy to have substantial involvement in political affairs, but in the senate chamber, Amilyn has a more explicit push for justice that offends Imperials. The adult Amilyn’s methods may clash with General Leia’s in the movie.

Admiral Holdo in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Gray pulls additional pathos from a well-calculated callback to the Prequel Trilogy era during Leia’s mission to Naboo. When Leia dons the wardrobe of Naboo royalty, it sparks a near-breakdown from Quarsh Panaka, a Prequel cast member. He sees not a Princess, but Queen Padme Amidala.

The call-forwards to Leia’s (undeclared) queenhood hit the hardest, tugging at the reader’s apprehension of Alderaan’s inevitable annihilation in A New Hope. Leia’s adventures, both clandestine and publicized to her kingdom, culminate in her spiritual coronation for the Alderaan throne.

But the Alderaan queen was not preparing her young Princess to just save Alderaan, but the entire galaxy. Leia, Princess of Alderaan reminds the reader that Alderaan, Bail, and Breha live on in the steadfast and silver-haired General Leia of The Last Jedi.

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Goodbye Princess: ‘Star Wars’ and the Enduring Force of Carrie Fisher

An air of finality looms over the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” – and not just in the title.

The installment marks the farewell flesh-and-blood performance of Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa, who first flickered onto screens 40 years ago as a hologram beamed by a droid.

The film, opening Friday, nearly a year after Fisher’s death at age 60, marks an opportunity to celebrate the legacy of an actress who gave life to one of moviedom’s most iconic characters. The movie, dedicated to Fisher, doesn’t represent a goodbye as much as a chance to say thank you.

The most powerful force behind “Star Wars,” particularly for those of us old enough to recall the opening of the original chapter, is memory. That’s been the strength and occasional bane of a series rooted its past as much as its future.

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We all know the story that started long, long ago: George Lucas’s original 1977-1983 trilogy blasted into pop culture history. His 1999-2005 prequel trio landed with a thud.

Disney bought the franchise for $4 billion in 2012. The studio scored with 2015’s satisfyingly retro “The Force Awakens” and last year’s excellent one-off “Rogue One,” which ended on a note of hope, sounded by a back-to-the-future rendering of Princess Leia.

Judging from early reviews, first time “Star Wars” director Rian Johnson largely succeeded in merging the best of the old and the new with “The Last Jedi.”

While more one-offs are in the works, including a young Han Solo flick directed by Ron Howard, the final film in the current trilogy is two years away.

Barring any change of mind on using digital recreations or old footage, “Episode IX” won’t include Fisher.

Over the last four decades, we’ve watched Fisher’s Leia go from a teenage princess asking Obi Wan Kenobi for help to kicking stormtrooper butt to leading the Resistance as a general.

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We’ve also seen Leia’s spirit represented in generations of movie heroines from Sarah Connor to Hermione Granger to Wonder Woman and Jedi-hopeful Rey, stars of what are likely to end up as the two biggest action movies to debut in 2017.

Rey is poised to be trained by Luke Skywalker, Leia’s brother and presumably the “Last Jedi” of the film’s title. The return of Mark Hamill, teased at the end of “The Force Awakens,” offers a major draw.

But the biggest cheers filling movie theaters around the world, no doubt, will be reserved for Fisher.

Luke’s mentor, Yoda, once said: “Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force.”

The sage’s words are worth remembering during “The Last Jedi” and the “Star Wars” adventures to come – all riding the enduring wave of hope Fisher and her greatest cinematic creation, Leia, embodied.

Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of “Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family.” Follow him on Twitter.

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Stuff We Love: Two books to transport you to where you really belong: Hogwarts

You don’t have to be Hermione Granger to appreciate a pair of new tomes that take a deep dive into the real-life lore and painstaking artistry that made J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series come alive on page and screen.

Since it first debuted some 20 years ago, the books and films have captivated audiences young and young-at-heart with the majestic wizarding world, infused with history and mythological inspirations throughout the immersive adventures of the boy who lived.

But for the most devoted fans, there’s always more to learn, more to see, more to know about every last detail that went into the making of the beloved tales. And The Art of Harry Potter and Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic do their best to satisfy even the most ardent Potterheads among us.

First up: The Art of Harry Potter.

Hermione would have squealed with delight and then promptly checked out this captivating coffee-table book, shrugging away any trepidation at having to lug it about the hallowed halls of Hogwarts.

In 363 pages, the dense volume unlocks the hidden depths of the brilliant concept artists’ work that reinterpreted Rowling’s words and vision for the films. There is the first inklings of the lush scenery, ideas on costume sketches and character studies that show the evolution of the charming half-giant Hagrid and He Who Must Not Be Named himself, as well as the magical creatures so central to the stories.

With tens of thousands of props populating some scenes, there’s no way to cram everything into one book alone. But the editors pay homage to some of the most strikingly detailed props and artifacts, including a handful of the castle portraits, whimsical wizard inventions, and the pure imagination infused in each insignia, every document, and individually detailed wands.

It’s like wrapping up a visit to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour outside London and taking it home with you to enjoy whenever you desire.

For a more scholarly study of Rowling’s books, and the real-life legends that inspired them, there’s  Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic. It’s a companion piece to a current exhibition at the British Library running through February 28 then moving on to New York later in 2018. 

For fellow writers and museum buffs, there’s Rowling’s original synopsis, sketches of the characters as she first imagined them, deleted scenes and draft pages in the middle of necessary edits. A handwritten plan for the fifth book in the series showcases the complexity of Rowling’s storytelling prowess and the lengths she went to layout the tales before beginning her drafts. Perhaps most charming is what can be construed as Rowling’s first note from a fan, scribbled by hand by Alice Newton, aged eight.

In keeping with the museum feel, there’s a pinch of real history with old artifacts and woodcut engravings, a medieval bestiary, and some history on the real Nicolas Flamel, as well as activities for younger fans to try at home.

Laid out like a journey through courses like Herbology and Potions, the book (and the exhibit) offers a glimpse at Rowling’s creative process with plenty of reverence for the history of magic as we know it.

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Harry Potter Game Will Finally Send Fans To Hogwarts To Study Like A Wizard, So Magic Is Real Now

Yer a wizard, Harry … and anyone else who wants to be! A new Harry Potter mobile game has been announced that’s going to fulfill the dream of every wizarding fan on the planet: the chance to go to Hogwarts!

Twenty years after the first book was published, a whole generation of witches and wizards who’ve grown up waiting for their Hogwarts letter will finally live out the dream. A new mobile game called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery was announced this morning from Jam City, and it will allow players to attend J.K. Rowling’s beloved fictional school to learn how to become a successful member of the magical community.

Releasing next year (damn it!), the game will allow players to create their own character in Harry’s world, where you’ll get to study the same subjects as he did. Students will take classes just as the heroes do in the books and movies, including Defense Against The Dark Arts and Potions.  But here’s a twist that should be quite intriguing to diehard fans. The game will actually take place in the 1980s, according to the Hollywood Reporter. This means, if you’re hoping to catch Hermione Granger after Runes to copy her notes, you’ll be out of luck — her character won’t even be born. However, the game will feature characters like Dumbledore, Hagrid and Professor Snape. So… fingers crossed, maybe we’ll even get some Order of the Phoniex members showing up? James, Remus, and Sirius perhaps?! We can hope!

“Nothing like this has ever been done before,” says Jam City CEO Chris DeWolfe of the first mobile game created based on the Hogwarts school.  And for fans who are skeptical, let him put your mind at ease with this: DeWolfe says that conducted focus groups with fans to come up with the game play for Hogwarts Mystery, meaning this game has already passed the scrutiny of our fellow Potterheads. The app will be free, with in-game purchases naturally, and it sounds like the game could really carry on for years, with new updates coming all the time as you go through each school year.

Yeah, I think we can all get on board with this! And since it’s the 80s, if they want to try and squeeze in a Stranger Things cross-over, enroll Eleven in the Slytherin House, I think we could all get used to that. (What?! Too far?)

HollywoodLifers, will you be testing out the game when it drops?

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With humour and sass, Sexonomics the Band aims to make feminism fun for Indian women

“It’s difficult for people to understand the concepts of feminism – it just becomes very easy to show it to people if it’s a video,” said Ishmeet Nagpal.

Nagpal is one of the three founders of Mumbai-based Sexonomics the Band, which uses spoken word poetry to list the ways in which sexism affects women. Ramya Pandyan, Sudeep Pagedar and Nagpal first performed together in May 2017 at the South Asia Laadli Media Awards, at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai. They have showcased their work at more than 10 venues since then. “We are trying to make feminism accessible, cool and fun,” said Nagpal.

A professional digital marketer, 38-year-old Pandyan has been performing spoken word poetry since 2009. Nagpal had already heard her work when she was asked to put together a slew of poetry performances for the Laadli Media Awards. Nagpal, 29, who qualified as a dentist but is now a social worker, was associated with the Laadli Foundation at the time. When she approached Pandyan with the idea to craft a collaborative poetry performance, they got together with Pagedar, 29, to start Sexonomics. Pagedar moved to Bengaluru a few months ago but even with just two members, the message that it seeks to convey remains undiluted.

Busting stereotypes

Sexonomics makes strong and often provocative statements against misogyny and sexism through its work. In its first piece titled Parental Economy, the band said that Indian parents treat their children as investments, measuring their worth by the amount of money they can eventually make from them. This acerbic piece inspired the name of the band.

“I wanted this idea, that parents often measure their children’s worth in terms of the money they will bring, to be a core part about what Sexonomics spoke about,” said Nagpal. “We also started out wanting to explore how Indian men’s affection seems transactional, with their idea that mothers need to be respected because they do so much for their children.”

Ramya Pandyan and Ishmeet Nagpal.
Ramya Pandyan and Ishmeet Nagpal.

Another piece titled Chaar Log speaks of how societal assumptions about gender roles impact men and women in different ways. Presented like an infomercial, the piece attempts to humorously highlight how the never-ending quest for public approval affects the life choices of young men and women. In its rendition Chaar log, the band invokes familiar figures, like the judgmental society secretary and the nosy auntie who offers unsolicited critique about young women’s attire, to drive its point home. “We are still learning from every performance and trying to adapt it and make it a more entertaining proposition,” said Pandyan.

Even as they aim to change sexist attitudes and provoke introspection, the band insists that Sexonomics is more than activism. “We do not necessarily speak about things we want to change,” said Nagpal. “Sometimes, it is just things that have happened to us and need to be expressed.”

Introspective feminism

Although the band hopes to espouse feminism through its content, its form is substantially feminist too. It takes its inspiration from various media, such as cinema, nursery rhymes, advertisements and even traditional nukkad nautanki, and strongly subverts them with parody and satire. “What we are doing still has several elements: we are singing, we dance, we do theatre, we are satirical, we parody things,” said Pandyan. “We are trying to make it engaging, trying to determine how we can make it interactive and how we can bring audience in the conversation.”

Since the band hopes to shed light on the ways that sexism insidiously inserts itself into social situations, its members are constantly required to examine the many ways in which they sometimes unconsciously internalise sexist ideas. In a piece where Pandyan describes how effervescent and entertaining her feminism is, she says, “My feminism gets together with Katniss Everdeen [from The Hunger Games] and Hermione Granger [from the Harry Potter series] to laugh at Bella [from the Twilight series] and that stupid vampire of hers.” When Nagpal pointed out to her that the line had undertones of shaming, she realised that even though she talks about how her feminism does not shame anyone, she still has to question her preconceived notions.

Sexonomics also hopes to highlight how bias against women is deeply connected with caste and class-based oppression. “We have seen recently how there are people denying all other biases,” Nagpal said. “There are so many people who focus only on gender oppression and wind up discounting caste and class. Feminism cannot exist in a vacuum, separate from all other issues.”

Ramya Pandyan.
Ramya Pandyan.

Countering abuse

Given their determination to voice their message as strongly as they can, the women are often verbally attacked and harassed in online and offline spaces for their work. “We got a very violent reaction in the poetry circuit simply for saying that being a momma’s boy is not a great thing,” Pandyan said. “Or for saying that [a song lyric from the film Darr] like Tu haan kar ya naa kar, Tu hai meri Kiran is reminiscent of rape.”

When Nagpal performed a piece critiquing the portrayal of cross-dressing in Bollywood, she was called a “chhakka” and a “hijra” online. “I am an LGBTQ activist and these words are not insulting at all for me, but it points to how our society operates.”

Ishmeet Nagpal.
Ishmeet Nagpal.

The attack takes several other forms as well. The band has often been told that what they perform cannot essentially count as poetry. They have also been accused of “man-hating”. “Because everything from zulfein (hair) to qamar (waist) to ankles is yours for poetic inspiration and if I say something about your penis, then it becomes an attack, then I come across as a male-basher,” Nagpal said.

The duo hopes that their message and work reaches more people, and inserts itself into popular culture. “People are so comfortable in their minds with misogynistic references,” Pandyan said. “I just want feminism to also be something that is welcome on the furniture of your mind. It ought to be sitting on the same plush sofa that has been the prerogative of Salman Khan or Honey Singh so far.”

Home, a space that is entirely ours, holds together our entire world. Where our children grow-up, parents grow old and we collect a lifetime of memories, home is a feeling as much as it’s a place. So, what do you do when your home is eyed by miscreants who prowl the neighbourhood night and day, plotting to break in? Here are a few pre-emptive measures you can take to make your home safe from burglars:

1. Get inside the mind of a burglar

Before I break the lock of a home, first I bolt the doors of the neighbouring homes. So that, even if someone hears some noise, they can’t come to help.

— Som Pashar, committed nearly 100 robberies.

Burglars study the neighbourhood to keep a check on the ins and outs of residents and target homes that can be easily accessed. Understanding how the mind of a burglar works might give insights that can be used to ward off such danger. For instance, burglars judge a house by its front doors. A house with a sturdy door, secured by an alarm system or an intimidating lock, doesn’t end up on the burglar’s target list. Upgrade the locks on your doors to the latest technology to leave a strong impression.

Here are the videos of 3 reformed robbers talking about their modus operandi and what discouraged them from robbing a house, to give you some ideas on reinforcing your home.

2. Survey your house from inside out to scout out weaknesses

Whether it’s a dodgy back door, a misaligned window in your parent’s room or the easily accessible balcony of your kid’s room, identify signs of weakness in your home and fix them. Any sign of neglect can give burglars the idea that the house can be easily robbed because of lax internal security.

3. Think like Kevin McCallister from Home Alone

You don’t need to plant intricate booby traps like the ones in the Home Alone movies, but try to stay one step ahead of thieves. Keep your car keys on your bed-stand in the night so that you can activate the car alarm in case of unwanted visitors. When out on a vacation, convince the burglars that the house is not empty by using smart light bulbs that can be remotely controlled and switched on at night. Make sure that your newspapers don’t pile up in front of the main-door (a clear indication that the house is empty).

4. Protect your home from the outside

Collaborate with your neighbours to increase the lighting around your house and on the street – a well-lit neighbourhood makes it difficult for burglars to get-away, deterring them from targeting the area. Make sure that the police verification of your hired help is done and that he/she is trustworthy.

While many of us take home security for granted, it’s important to be proactive to eliminate even the slight chance of a robbery. As the above videos show, robbers come up with ingenious ways to break in to homes. So, take their advice and invest in a good set of locks to protect your doors. Godrej Locks offer a range of innovative locks that are un-pickable and un-duplicable. To secure your house, see here.

The article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Godrej Locks and not by the Scroll editorial team.

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Il Trono di Spade a Reggio Calabria

L’inverno sta arrivando a Reggio Calabria. Da giovedì 4 a sabato 6 gennaio 2018 si terrà la manifestazione Il Vento dei Sette Regni, un evento ispirato al fenomeno televisivo mondiale Il Trono di Spade e dedicato a tutti gli appassionati della serie tv e del fantastico. L’evento, organizzato dall’associazione culturale Level Up e dalla cooperativa Turismo per Tutti, si terrà nella splendida cornice del Castello Aragonese di Reggio Calabria e promette di radunare numerosi appassionati provenienti da tutta la Calabria e dalle regioni vicine.

Numerose installazioni, stand ed attività trasporteranno i visitatori nell’avvincente mondo visto nella serie, compresa una replica a dimensioni reali del trono di spade, sulla quale sarà possibile fare foto. All’evento parteciperanno anche numerosi figuranti con indosso gli abiti della serie televisiva e che accoglieranno il pubblico come farebbero i personaggi veri e propri. Tra le associazioni coinvolte I Cantori del Westeros che dopo numerose esibizioni in tutto il paese (compresa Lucca Comics & Games) sono considerati uno dei gruppi di figuranti e cosplayers più importanti d’Italia.

Oltre a loro prenderà parte all’evento, in qualità di ospite d’onore, Letizia Ciampa, doppiatrice celebre per aver interpretato, nell’edizione italiana, la voce di Emilia Clarke, ovvero Daenerys Targaryen, protagonista femminile della serie. Ma non solo. Letizia Ciampa è stata la voce italiana di Emma Watson, che ha vestito i panni di Hermione Granger nella saga di Harry Potter. Durante l’evento associazioni e gruppi locali quali Militia Fretensis e Otakube, intratterranno il pubblico con attività di rievocazione storica e laboratori dedicati al mondo del cosplay.

Per tre giorni il Castello Aragonese, principale simbolo storico della città, diventerà una delle roccaforti del continente fantastico Westeros e dalla quale gli amanti del fantasy non vorranno più separarsi. Ricordiamo che Il Trono di Spade (in lingua originale Game of Thrones), arrivata alla settima stagione, è la serie televisiva di maggior successo della storia nonché una delle più apprezzate della critica, soprattutto per la qualità della recitazione e per la trama intrigante che ha appassionato milioni di spettatori di ogni fascia di età.

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10 questions with… Norwich Theatre Royal panto star, Rachel Davey

Rachel Davey from Norwich Theatre Royal's Sleeping Beauty panto takes on our 10 questions. Photo: Nicholas Dawkes Photography

Rachel Davey from Norwich Theatre Royal’s Sleeping Beauty panto takes on our 10 questions. Photo: Nicholas Dawkes Photography

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Each week we put a local resident in the hot seat and ask them 10 questions about themselves, this week we spoke to Rachel Davey, who is treading the boards this Christmas in Sleeping Beauty at Norwich Theatre Royal where she is part of the eight-strong Ensemble. Rachel grew up in Lowestoft and attended The Brighton Academy Of Performing Arts, performing as Mimi Marquez in Rent and in the Ensemble in Cabaret while she was training. She is thrilled to be performing in panto this year, especially at Norwich Theatre Royal as it is so close to her home.

• Describe Norwich in three words…

Charming, lively, modern.

• If you were stranded on a deserted island with three people, who would you want them to be?

If I was stranded on a desert island it would have to be with Johnny Depp so he could find out where the rum is and help make a ship! Also with Pocahontas as she could probably teach me a thing or two about living off the land, and with the Genie from Aladdin so he could keep us entertained and hopefully magic us out of there!

• If you could be anyone else who would you be?

If I could be anyone else I would love to be Hermione Granger, as I would love to go to Hogwarts. (Although I’m a Hufflepuff so that does mean abandoning my own house!)

• How would you spend a perfect weekend in Norwich?

My perfect weekend in Norwich would be a spot of shopping at Chapelfield, going ice skating at the Christmas rink and ending up watching a show at Norwich Theatre Royal.

• Would you rather spend a night in front of the TV or a night out in the city?

I would rather spend a night out in Norwich.

• What’s your mantra in life?

My mantra in life: If you can dream it, you can do it!

• Which song defines your life?

Song that defines my life is How Far I’ll Go – Moana, life is all about going on adventures, taking chances and having fun!

• What’s your biggest fear?

My biggest fear is eating a poisoned apple!

• Which one thing could you never be without?

Something I could never be without is music – you’ll always find me singing along to Disney songs!

• What would you do if you won the lottery?

If I won the lottery I would go on a big family holiday to Bora Bora – it’s always been on my wish list! Buy lots of shoes and I would give lots of money to charity.

• If you’d like to take part in this feature, email courtney.pochin@archant.co.uk

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