Nearly nine months after a viral cultural spoof Adarsh Balak (An ideal boy) took social media by storm, a similar take on the ‘habits of an ideal girl’, simply titled ‘A Bad Girl’, is being widely circulated on Twitter and Facebook.
The image, which puts a satirical spin on retro Indian Book Depot posters depicting the ideal habits of good Indian boys and girls, shows sari-clad women indulging in a number of ‘indecent’ activities, which include drinking, smoking, riding motorbikes, falling in love in the park, and letching (sic) at other boys.
The dichotomy of being female in India is highlighted in panels that depict both eating too much and too little as ‘bad’ qualities. Another panel highlights the seemingly unforgivable crime committed by every girl alive: being in possession of breasts.
'A Bad Girl' went viral after user @Joylita tweeted it out on Wednesday.
A bad girl...goes to Goa, can't make round rotis, has breasts. (Found this on Facebook) pic.twitter.com/bk50HqPR7g— Joylita (@Joylita) February 18, 2015
It bears similarity to the style and tone of the popular Adarsh Balak illustrations created by Mumbai-based artist Priyesh Trivedi. It has been created by a group of second- and third-year design students at Bangalore's Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology - namely Furqan Jawed, Stuti Kothari, Jaiwant Pradhan, and Sparsh Saxena - as part of a course titled Visual Culture in the Vernacular.
The image has gone viral on social media and is one of the top non-political topics on the Reddit India front page. On Thursday afternoon, 'Good Girls' was trending on Twitter.
Here are some reactions to the image.
Damn am I bad.February 19, 2015
On a scale of One to Bad, how bad are you? #AmABadGirl— Kiran Manral. (@kiranmanral) February 19, 2015
And here's an ideal boy:
For those of you concerned with the bad girl illustrations... I give you 'An Ideal Boy!' pic.twitter.com/6194VfqFuJ— Ashwin Mushran (@ashwinmushran) February 19, 2015