The Weinstein Ripple effect and the Me Too Campaign is so blurred. We don’t know who is wrong who is right anymore. I personally don’t find the campaign authentic enough. Women can easily misuse it for their personal grudge against somebody or just for the sake of being opportunistic and evil, but since it started off in America ,it is a movement in the whole universe now.
I don’t really know much about the American standards of sexism and rape culture or even the society. My whole Idea of America revolves around two movies : the first one being Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis’ Friends With Benefits ,where Justin and Mila swear by the holy book to not fall in love after having sex after that they play a lot of tennis and eventually fall in love. The second movie is Spotlight. Spotlight revolves around a news story of Boston Globe about child molestation by the local churches.
I know it’s not a very sane way to judge a nation by two movies, but yes one can easily interpret that in America sex is something very casual and so is molestation of the vulnerable by the authority or colleagues in the big institutions. But their legal system is very efficient because of which their protest art is mature and impactful. Among the big artists and journalists dissent is the pop cult. They are not afraid of red tapism or of the rapists masquerading as the authority. They are not afraid of being responsible citizens and voice out what they need to because they don’t have to worry about being lynched by a right-wing fringe group after releasing a book or statement unlike in India.
For the first time in decades Bollywood has copied something sensible from Hollywood. We can see the Me Too after shocks in India now. So Tanushree Dutta spoke up against the sexual misconduct and creepy behaviour of Nana Patekar and Vivek Agnihotri. I don’t know to what extent it is real but the reaction she got just creeped me out. I back Tanushree because I don’t think any Indian women in her right senses will dare to put herself up for something like this. This is not America, in America the campaign started off keeping empathy and solidarity for the victims in mind but in India it is all about victim shaming and it has always been like this.
Me Too with all its flaws is easy to follow because it is an online campaign. Going through the comment section of Tanushree’s statement made me acknowledge the fact that we are a nation of slut shamers and potential rapists. It is just there it’s just the way we are being brought up. There was everything from ‘chote kapre pehen ke dance kar sakti hai, sex scenes kar sakti hai to isko nana se kya problem hoga to she signed for it since she is in Bollywood to publicity stunt hai.
Talking about the Rape Culture with respect to the social structure we cannot ignore religion. One religious group over sexualize the women’s body. They have already taken into consideration and normalized the male gaze and perversion. So it is the women’s duty to cover herself and restrict herself at home to protect herself from the male gaze and rape. The other doesn’t look at women normally but as some epitome of divinity. You have to be Goddesses to be respected and that respect will last no longer then ten days. You have to pull off this stereotypical godliness in front of people warna ase larkio ke sath to ye sab hoga hi na. The Indian ideology about rape culture is this disgusting blend of both.
Someone very rightly said that ” the way we men are being raised, we don’t even realize when we are being misogynistic” and that’s where the filth begins.
yes it is at homes and at institutions which indoctrinate your mindset since childhood.
Happy Durga Pooja to all