The Bad Girl Meme Which Has Gone Viral is a Satire

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The Bad Girl Meme Which Has Gone Viral is a Satire

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Trending now on the Internet is an easy-to-follow guide on how to not to be a bad girl. Or how to be one, if you'd like. A bad girl - says a loud satirical poster being shared widely on Facebook and Twitter - pouts, smokes and drinks and eats too much or too little. And yes importantly, bad girls have breasts.

Titled 'Ek Buri Ladki (A Bad Girl)', the poster has 12 illustrations to depict qualities that set apart the bad girl. The most damning of those is that a bad girl cannot make "round rotis" (cue for plaintive violin strains in Bollywood weepy).

She also walks outside with hair open and falls in love in a park. She goes to Goa.

And if you spotted your young neighbour driving a motorbike, oh yes, she is a bad girl. It is clearly a parody on retro Indian Book Depot posters that was were pinned up in classrooms decades ago, depicting everything from vegetables and numbers to good habits. Tweet:

Although the poster looks very similar to one of the popular Adarsh Balak illustrations created by Mumbai-based artist Priyesh Trivedi, this isn't one of his creations. Adarsh Balak is a series of illustrations that visually resemble The Ideal Boy graphics and has a huge fan following on its Facebook page.

According to this BBC report, the meme was a college assignment by a group of students at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore created it. One of the students told BBC that as a part of their homework they were asked to juxtapose images from popular culture that women would be judged for, but men could get away with.

Either way, it is getting a lot of social media attention.

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