Mindy Kaling's Character Is the 'Funny, Sexy' Mom We Want to See & Be

mindy kalingIf you've ever been frustrated with how mothers are portrayed on TV (and unless you actually find June Cleaver relatable, you probably have), don't worry: Mindy Kaling is here, and she's using her hit show The Mindy Project to give "funny, sexy" moms everywhere a voice (yeah, we're talking about you!).


During an appearance on Today, the 36-year-old star was asked by host Savannah Guthrie if she had any "trepidation" about taking her character, Dr. Mindy Lahiri, into the "dangerous territory" of motherhood. Her response? Perfection:

"I think that we sometimes are a little unfair about the way we portray mothers, that they can't have sexy, fun lives," said Kaling.

Yes! Yes, we are a little unfair! Check out the rest of Kaling's brilliant thoughts on the topic:

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Thank you, Mindy Kaling, for hitting the nail on the head. There are a lot of moms out there who have "interesting, funny dating lives" (and just interesting, funny lives in general), and we're not often presented with these more complex portrayals. What we're usually presented with are moms who fall perilously close to either the "happy homemaker" stereotype or the "harried working mom" cliché, and both are dangerously -- and mind-numbingly -- simplistic. On TV, motherhood tends to rob characters of their more realistic, sometimes messy quirks, and the result is just plain boring, not to mention offensive. In short, I don't think any of us actually see ourselves, or anything close to ourselves, on TV. Naturally, there are exceptions to this rule (exceptions I'm trying really, really hard to think of at the moment ... wow, this is hard ... um, I'll think of someone eventually, I hope). 

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Thankfully, Mindy Kaling has a long history of championing diversity and speaking up on behalf of strong, funny women everywhere -- and hopefully, the fact that she's now using her platform to help win acceptance and appreciation for motherhood in all its forms will inspire others to do the same. 

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