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I’m very lucky because of my hours on the show and because I’m so busy, a lot of times I’m just impervious to criticism. I can’t respond to it and I can’t let it affect me, because I’m not available to hear it. The other side is — and this is something I learned from The Office — everyone can have an opinion, and it’s up to me to select the people whose opinions I will listen to. I’m like, “OK, I care more about the feedback of young women watching the show who feel that something bothered them, and addressing them, than I do about a blogger at a newspaper that has never liked me and wants the show to be cancelled.” Like, why engage?

Mindy Kaling, talking about criticism (x)

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Force kids in school to read crappy, overrated books that are “the best books ever written” solely because they’re “classics” and then call those kids idiots because those aren’t the kind of books they like to read and sit back and wonder why we have a nation full of multiple generations worth of people who willfully and proudly refuse to read.


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I wanted to write a female character who’s strong enough that a man’s criticizing her weight or looks can sting but not devastate her. Too many women give others too much power over their self-worth. (…) It’s crazy that it’s considered refreshing to see women who like to eat as much as men. We all have that side that would eat an entire pizza if there were no repercussions. (…) I wanted [my character] to be preoccupied with her body like most women are. It’s important to her to lose weight because she has this idea of an ideal body that will help her achieve happiness, but she hates when society tells her she can’t do or have something because she isn’t skinny. (…) Thinking about body image is such a small part of what I use my brain for, and I want other women to follow suit.

Mindy Kaling on Mindy Lahiri’s self image (x)

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Mindy Kaling: Refusing To Be An Outsider And Sexism On Set


I think that the sort of sexism that I see has been one that’s a little bit like a gentler form of sexism, but still a little bit debilitating, which is that when, as a producer and a writer, whether it was at The Office or [at The Mindy Project], if I make a decision, it’ll still seem like it’s up for debate. And I notice that a little bit at The Office, with, like, an actor: If I decided there’d be a certain way in the script, it would still seem open-ended, whereas … if I was a man I would not have seen that. [At The Mindy Project,] I feel that … less and less as I’ve sort of matured into the role more. The one thing I sort of, because of that, have felt [is] that when I made a decision I sort of would have to leave the room so that it was final and there was like no discussion would come after that.

caught this on the radio this morning. it’s worth a listen.

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