By Nazreen Fazal | Image: vanidad.es ** Me Too… That evening This morning Decades ago Just now Still fresh At home At School At Work In Sick Stuck in traffic Out partying Out for a walk On my own In an empty parking lot In a mall In broad daylight At the holiest of […]Read More Me Too…
Image: pinterest.com The following was submitted by SMIW reader Bhamini Lakshminarayan. Recently, I shared a Facebook post about a fraudulent banking phone call which devolved even further into threats of sexual violence. I was upset, angry, and bewildered at the state of the world – and it struck me, for the umpteenth time, that I […]Read More #NotAllMen? Well, #YesAllWomen.
Image: indiaopines.com I’m your average Indian male. I’m 18, I go to college and I piss on streets when I want to. My name, religion or the city I live in, don’t matter – for the most part. I belong to a middle-class family. They brought me up as well as their capacities permitted but […]Read More Confessions of a Molester.
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: Varsha Bhargavi The following was submitted by SMIW reader Varsha Bhargavi to our campaign #HaveShortsWillSmoke. This happened just yesterday as I was returning home after attending a thought provoking seminar by Hyderabad Collective, hearing from rural journalist P. Sainath and Prof. Gopal Guru. I shared a ride in an autorickshaw with my Professor, Saras […]Read More The Unending Male Entitelment Over Female Bodies
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