Kaling is an award-winning American-Indian actress, writer, producer, and, most importantly, comedian (Mindy Kaling: Why Not Me? 1). After graduating from Dartmouth College, Kaling began her impressive career working as a writer and actress in the hit television series, The Office (Mead 1). From there, Kaling garnered America’s attention with her very own television series appropriately titled, The Mindy Project (1). With her newfound popularity, Kaling allows her fans a peek into her life and her innermost thoughts through her two autobiographies: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? written in 2011 and Why Not Me? written in 2015. The second and most recent book is the focus of my paper as it “delves deeper into Mindy’s inner thoughts”, according to the highest rated customer review (Ashley 1).
Through her life’s work, Mindy Kaling has encountered many different adversities, including those of self-perception and confidence, femininity in the workplace, and being a racial minor...
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...nstills this concept by explaining that “women’s same-sex friendships tend to be based more on intimate and emotional discussions than men’s” (186). Men, Duck argues, lack the depth in their friendships that women possess, and, for this reason, have difficulty sustaining a friendship that is met with the strain of distance.
Men’s failure to prioritize friendships is supported by numerous studies. According to an examination of different sex roles by Toni Antonucci and Hiroko Akiyama, women have “larger networks while men rely on their spouses exclusively” (737). Females are more “socially oriented” than males and for that reason alone, spousal support does not always suffice (737). Men, instead, tend to be more satisfied by the sole support and friendship provided by their spouses. This study recognized that women focus on “quality and quantity of friendships” more
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