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When it Comes to Sex Scenes, Mindy Kaling Gets It

My introduction to Mindy Kaling was through the NBC hit sitcom The Office. Kaling not only played one of the main characters in the show, but also acted as a writer and eventually a producer. She penned one of my favorite episodes (“The Injury”), and she wrote another episode (“Diwali”) that has my favorite line from the entire series.

I haven’t kept up with Kaling’s career since The Office. However, while researching future writing projects, I planned on skimming a couple of her books. They were easy and enjoyable reads, and I ended up devouring almost the entirety of both volumes. There’s a certain charm to Kaling’s personality and writing style. She’s witty, funny, and entertaining.
One of Kaling’s books, Why Not Me?, has a chapter entitled “I Love Sex Scenes!” In it, she explains why she is attracted to sexually charged scenes: “Obviously, on-screen sex is not actual penetrative sex, but as any religious high-schooler will tell you, simulating sex can be pretty damn enjoyable as wel…

Voyeurism’s Damage to Visual Stories

I don’t typically watch anime, but when I do, it’s usually reruns of Avatar: The Last Airbender(and some of the sequel series The Legend of Korra). Otherwise, I stick mostly with sci-fi and other forms of speculative fiction.

Another anime series Shannon and I worked through a few years back was Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, based on the Manga of the same name. A moment occurs in this series where a bit of nudity interrupts the flow of the story. Shannon explains in a recent blog post, The Rape of Winry Rockbell:
Let me set the scene. A teenage girl, after a long and dangerous journey, finally arrives at the home of someone who is not out to kill her: another teenage girl. Though they don’t know each other well, they both immediately recognize a friend. The traveler’s new friend runs a bath for her, pulling a curtain around the tub so she can have some privacy. As our traveler undresses and washes off the dust and weariness of the journey, she feels safe enough in this intimate se…