Being a feminist and the right to being stupid

08 Jun

So you might have read about the Slut Walk by now.Its basically women raising their voice against the percieved notion of victims of sexual assault asking for it.In a society as patriarchial as ours “it is always the girls fault” and victim shaming and blaming are real issues. So how are we-the self proclaimed feminists going to address this.

Why, by dressing ourselves up in our skimpiest outfit and marching around holding placards.


I try not to judge women because everyone has their own yardstick of sticking-by-my-sisters and what comprises women’s lib. But some of these “symbolic” protests just rally against any ounce of sense and makes me question their purpose.

What will this achieve? Will the women in the Capital suddenly be free of all the butt pinching lecherous guys because of this. Having spent my young adult life there I KNOW the average bloke on the DTC bus will only enjoy the sight of parading naked ladies and rub his crotch harder against one of them the next time she gets on the damn bus. Subtle message, cultural impact-you wish!

My disdain for these shock value campaigns ended with the Pink Chaddi campaign. It achieved nothing apart from giving Pramod Muthalik-the antigonist state level notoriety. Or the put-up-your-bra-color to raise breast cancer awareness. Yes, because when all 342 of my friends read “blue” or “au-naturel” on my status message-it automatically triggers a visit to the nearest specialist or a donation to any of the breast cancer awareness charity.

Women, who are we fooling?I have always felt there is only one answer to a culture where falling in love is a sin and being aggresive or forward undesirable traits-education and being independent.

Not being undressed literally.

As someone said on my Twitter TL “Hope #Slutwalk achieves what basic education, life imprisonment or the possibility of getting lynched hasn’t taught the libidous Indian male.”

Amen to that.


Posted by on June 8, 2011 in Uncategorized



4 responses to “Being a feminist and the right to being stupid

  1. Sig

    June 8, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Hmm…I agree and disagree.

    It’s all about awareness – people always forget that these attitudes still exist. It’s like why we have the Pride March for example.

    I think the point of Slutwalk was more to try and reclaim the word that the world throws back at us women, implying as per usual the way we dress, we act, we think means it is our fault. From what I remember reading it was based on how campus police bascially told a bunch of students that “if they didn’t dress like a slut then they wouldn’t get attacked”.

    Slut shouldn’t be a word to shame us and I think that was the point of the march to say “No matter how we dress or what you think of us – it is NOT our fault”.

    It is a shock campaign, agreed, but only to bring attention yet again to the pervasive attitude of society. It might not change anything now, but isn’t it better for us to speak out and oppose this rather than letting it be?

    It’s a complex problem, to which Slutwalk is not the utlimate solution, but it’s a start.

  2. darkcomedy

    June 8, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Very very well-said.. I totally agree with you. Doesn’t anybody realize that there are better, more practical ways to show your anger at being objectified than to go for a symbolic protest in the name of awareness? In fact, as Indian males AND older females go, in my experience they’re far too literal and shockingly direct to get subtle messages. I’d say, there’s a better chance getting our point across if we say it loud and clear rather than with this shock and awe.

    There are other issues too:
    1. This method of awareness is not inclusive of women who get objectified wearing less skimpy clothes, which is what happens a lot!
    2. It puts individuals at risk once the show is over.
    3. It does nothing to change the sense of entitlement Indian males have (See b**bs, will touch), by tying the initiative in with a law or a strict action

    I feel it’s disastrously stupid. Had written about such symbolism some time back and you had commented! 🙂 Here:

  3. Abby

    June 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I totally agree and second what darkcomedy has replied. I never got that kind of shock factor… what is it really doing? I feel like people aren’t going to see empowerment, they’re going to see girls and women walking around in skimpy clothes. I agree that there is a problem with victim-blaming, but like you, I fail to make the connection how wearing skimpy clothes is going to do anything about it. I myself don’t wear skimpy clothes, and I feel like it’s focusing exclusively on one factor of the situation.


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