Have Shorts. Will Smoke.

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Image: Reya

Our brand new campaign #HaveShortsWillSmoke  –  is an initiative aimed to protest against a spree of recent incidents curbing and controlling rights, freedom and bodies of women across India.

Some of these are; the harassment and public humiliation faced by a woman in Kolkata for being dressed in shorts and smoking; the public shaming of a law student by her professor for wearing shorts and an ensuing order by the Bar Council of India banning shorts in Law schools across the country and; discotheques in Chandigarh reportedly banning women from wearing shorts and skirts to “fight anti-nationalism” and many other such incidents which happen with an alarming regularity, cause outrage and then are forgotten. While the victims at the receiving end live forever with the scars of harassment and subjugation.

We, at Spoilt Modern Indian Woman think that it’s time to cover up the misogyny and to stub out the regressive mentality that’s plaguing the Indian society. Therefore, we want to organise the women in India to reclaim the narrative and with it, the public spaces – to be able to do what is legally their right and, what men of this country already do without anyone batting an eyelid. We want to be able to wear shorts, skirts, dresses, denims, halters and tank tops and be able to smoke, drink, loiter, dance – if we so please. Because the law of this land allows adult citizens of this country to do so – and we are adult citizens of this country with equal rights!

Here’s how it works:

1. Have a story or a personal experience where you or someone you know was harassed or shamed for wearing a particular item of clothing or doing something in public SPECIFICALLY because of your gender? Email it to: stories@spoiltmodernwoman.com

2. Want to give a big “Fuck you” to those who think they can control how women should dress and act in public? Send a photo of yourself (preferably in a public place) wearing shorts / skirts / other clothing deemed ‘unsanskari’ by the regressive moral police OR indulging in an act deemed immoral (only when women do it) in a public place, where it is legal for adults to do so – to our facebook inbox or tweet it to @spoiltwoman with the the hashtag #HaveShortsWillSmoke

3. Tell everyone you know!

Check out the photos submitted under the campaign so far here. Read stories and personal experiences of women being harassed for exercising their rights here.

Disclaimer: This campaign does not promote or defend smoking. It defends an adult’s right to choose to do what they want, within the ambit of law. Smoking is injurious to health, it causes cancer. Smoking kills.

Bruce Vain.