Subashini Navaratnam

Subashini Navaratnam is a copywriter from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia who occasionally blogs. She can also be found on Twitter and Tumblr, ambivalently awaiting the devil's coming.

Columns // 4 Articles
Reviews // 40 Articles
Blogs // 1 Articles

On Those Who Must Work as Whores, and Those Who Can Afford to Just Play at It | 24 Jul 2014 // 8:30 PM

The debate about sex work is usually about the spectacle that accompanies “sex”, rather than about the sex workers and the work of sex. That needs to change.

Enjoy Orientalism-Lite with 'Stranger Magic' | 29 Apr 2012 // 5:00 PM

Stranger Magic is an exhaustive compendium of the various tales in the Arabian Nights collection, as well as a robust and energetic investigation into how these stories of “Oriental” myth and folklore have seeped into the European imagination from the 18th century onward.


Romance and Rebellion in the Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley | 15 Sep 2015 // 8:05 PM

Charlotte Gordon's dual biography of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley is an engaging read, but it's hampered by pedestrian writing and a too reverent perspective of its protagonists.

Why Are Critics Falling All Over Deepti Kapoor's 'A Bad Character'? | 16 Apr 2015 // 1:00 AM

Too many reviews of this book universalise Idha’s experience and praise it for providing a window into the Indian woman’s experience. Which women would that be?

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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