"I'm very horny, and I'm not getting much."
In a world where conformity often takes centre stage, Sadia Azmat stands tall as a beacon of unyielding authenticity.
Her unique approach to humour has not only set her apart but has also become a transformative force challenging established conventions.
From stand-up comedy stages to podcasting, Sadia has traversed the entertainment landscape with an unwavering commitment to her craft.
In this exclusive interview, we embark on a journey into the intricacies of Sadia Azmat’s brilliant mind.
Baring it all, she delves into the heart of her latest literary endeavour, Sex Bomb, a title that not only grabs attention but encapsulates the boldness that defines her narrative.
Through the lens of this book, Sadia invites readers to join her on a no-holds-barred exploration of themes often relegated to the shadows.
A central theme that emerges from our discussion is Sadia’s relentless pursuit of breaking stereotypes.
With each joke and every written word, she challenges preconceived notions and societal expectations, paving the way for a more inclusive dialogue.
The Creative Process
Sadia Azmat chuckles as she reflects on the laborious process of writing her book.
“It’s like a very long process, so I would say, to be fair, probably about 18 to 24 months,” she begins.
“You’re constantly editing. Things are coming to you, you want to tweak things, and you have to balance between polishing it and not kind of overediting it.”
The comedian emphasises the importance of taking breaks during this creative marathon.
“You have to come back with fresh eyes and make sure that things make sense,” Azmat adds, providing a glimpse into the meticulous craftsmanship that went into Sex Bomb.
Breaking the Silence
The question of what prompted her to embark on this provocative journey elicits a candid response.
“I’m very horny, and I’m not getting much, so I decided to write this down because I can’t be the only one who’s not getting any,” Azmat admits with a laugh.
Her motivation extends beyond personal frustration to a larger societal conversation.
“It feels as though this topic is long overdue to be discussed by our community and wider,” she asserts.
Azmat seeks to challenge assumptions and stereotypes about South Asian women’s sexuality.
“Even from the outside of our community, there are a lot of assumptions about how free or repressed we are,” she says.
The author underscores the confusion surrounding dating norms and the need for open dialogue, especially for younger South Asian women.
Controversy and Criticism
As the book hit the shelves, reactions poured in from various quarters.
Azmat reflects on the feedback, stating, “I think it’s been positive. I’m still here, so that’s great.”
Inevitably, a book titled Sex Bomb is bound to attract attention, and Azmat acknowledges this reality.
When asked about any controversial bits that had to be left out, she responded:
“I wouldn’t personally say that it is. I appreciate that some people’s sensitivity levels may [find it controversial].”
Azmat urges readers not to judge the book by its cover and to give it a chance, emphasising the context of the memoir.
Sexual Development and Life Lessons
Azmat’s memoir not only sheds light on South Asian sexuality but also delves into her journey of sexual development.
“I guess it taught me to be true to myself,” she reflects.
Sharing insights from a toxic relationship, Azmat emphasises the importance of staying true to one’s feelings, even if it means making difficult choices.
She also touches on the differentiation between love and sex, dispelling the romanticised notion that the two always seamlessly intertwine.
“Love and sex are two very different things,” Azmat advises, encouraging readers to be aware of the distinction.
Advice for the Struggling
For South Asian women grappling with discussions about sex, Sadia Azmat offers empathetic advice.
“Be comfortable with it for yourself,” she urges.
Acknowledging the diversity of comfort levels, she suggests finding safe spaces and trustworthy individuals for these conversations.
“You are sexy; you have worth,” Azmat declares, aiming to empower those hesitant to engage in open discussions about their sexuality.
Sadia takes us on a journey that transcends the boundaries of humour, inviting us to challenge the stereotypes that often confine us.
Her words echo not just in the realm of entertainment but resonate as a powerful testament to the strength found in embracing one’s true self.
As we bid farewell to this insightful encounter, it is clear that Sadia Azmat’s voice, like her laughter, reverberates far beyond the stage, leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of contemporary comedy and storytelling.