Image: seeingwetiko.com ** How often do we see people brushing their own or someone else’s bigotry, sexism and violence as a case of ‘boys being boys’? ‘Boys will be boys’ is an unfailing cop-out that irresponsible parents, non-committal teachers / educational institutes, unconcerned law enforcers and incompetent politicians fall back on – whenever they don’t have […]Read More A Music Video that Explains why ‘Boys will be Boys’ is Harmful.
Image: indiangirlsonbikes.blogspot.com* The following was submitted by SMIW contributor Shilpa Sebastian to our campaign #HaveShortsWillSmoke. I live in a progressive and mixed-bag locality of Bangalore with lots of foreign students and expats. It is an area I have lived in on and off for about 6-7 years. I love it here! I can wear shorts […]Read More Finding My Voice, Finally.
Image: brunchnews.com The following slam poetry was submitted by SMIW contributor Rhea Mahanta to our campaign #HaveShortsWillSmoke. ** A usual thing happened today. I got groped AGAIN! ** While walking back home It was drizzling and dusk had set in A bunch of guys on a bike were speeding Towards me from the opposite direction While […]Read More Asking the Right Questions.
Image: indiaopines.com The following story was submitted by SMIW reader Dimpy Acharjee. 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 […]Read More Confessions of a Molester.
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: dnaindia.com The following was submitted by SMIW contributor Neelam Kudale. So this happened the other day. I was shopping at Hindustan handicraft exhibition at Kharghar with my mom. While I was at a stall checking out a skirt, I suddenly heard a man at a stall opposite the one I was at, saying loudly […]Read More Stand up to Street Harassment.