Image: tumblr.com The following was submitted by SMIW contributor Aishwarya Subramanian to our campaign #HaveShortsWillSmoke. I was a hypocritical sexist and I have the receipts to prove it. A decade ago, an 18 year old me was banned from a popular Harry Potter fan forum for slut-shaming Ginny Weasley. This may sound like a joke […]Read More I was a Sexist Teenager. Here’s What I learned.
Image: 7thprovince.com The following was submitted by SMIW contributor Subha Nivedha to our campaign #HaveShortsWillSmoke. “Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere.” The implications are endless. Girls who go everywhere are bad. Everywhere except home is a bad place. But only for girls. Because All work and no play makes Jack a dull […]Read More The Bad Girl.
Image: bbc.co.uk The following was submitted by SMIW reader Aishwarya Javalgekar to our campaign #HaveShortsWillSmoke. It originally appeared here. It was a day like any other. I left my house at 11 am; all decked up and ready for college. Catching a rickshaw, I reached Ghatkopar railway station. My college R. A. Podar, in Matunga, was four […]Read More The Woman on the Train.
Image: indianexpress.com The following was submitted by SMIW reader Ujwala Parthasarathy to our campaign #HaveShortsWillSmoke. I commuted to school and college in Bangalore in state transport buses for seven years. In Class 9, I was sexually assaulted in a crowded bus for the very first time. When I informed my mother, she asked me to […]Read More Hats off to Women Who Wear What They Want.
Image: youthkiawaaz.com The following was submitted by SMIW reader Prashastika to our campaign Have Shorts. Will Smoke. It was 9.50 in the night. We were slightly tipsy (I had had about half a beer) and looking to get more drunk. It was an occasion that called for it – the submission of our term papers! Thrilled […]Read More Good Girls Drink Home Delivered Beer.
Image: tribune.com.pk The following post originally appeared on the popular Facebook page Girls at Dhabas and has been taken with their consent to appear in our campaign #HaveShortsWillSmoke It is hot outside as I sit on the curb, sweaty and red from an hour of working out. For the past fifteen minutes all I have been […]Read More From Karachi with Tehzeeb
Image: tourmyindia.com The following was submitted by SMIW reader Anuradha Ganapathy to our campaign #HaveShortsWillSmoke. One look at the swimwear range available in India – and you know what is wrong with our country. From full-body lycra suits that double up as swim suits, to sleeves that cling onto your arms, to frilly frocks that […]Read More Women of India, Reclaim the Beaches!
Image: rising.globalvoices.org The following was submitted by SMIW reader Shalini Dolai to our campaign #HaveShortsWillSmoke. I am from Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. I used to do up and down in a RTC bus to my college, Andhra University. Molestation was a near daily experience in the bus but somehow I managed to brush it aside. Coming […]Read More Getting Used to Indian Culture.
Image: Roberto Trombetta This story was submitted by SMIW reader Meenakshi Ruhela to our campaign #HaveShortsWillSmoke. The other day, I was in a public transport and the man sitting next to me wouldn’t stop staring at my breast, I stared back at him he looked away. Honestly, shy Indian men are adorable! Two months ago […]Read More A Life Without Fear
Image: itsmeact.wordpress.com The following is a personal account submitted by SMIW reader Ankita Srivastava to our campaign, #HaveShortsWillSmoke. One late evening, I was in an auto rickshaw going back home. On the road, my auto driver was peeking into another auto’s backseat which obviously alarmed me because one, it’s dangerous to do that on the […]Read More Respect is a Tobacco Stained Street.