Just bumped into this blogspace: Blank Noise today.. a brilliant initiative...wonder why I never heard of it earlier... n I'm sure a lot many people would not have.. if this post helps to spread the word across to at least a handful of people who might be interested in participating, I feel it would serve its purpose well..
I don't know the people who plan or organise these project events.. but I do share this strong sense of brotherhood (or should i call it sisterhood? ok.. whatever! you got my point, right?) with the folks..
please do take a look at the blog, before reading further..
the topic here, is eve-teasing..
all those obnoxious remarks, getting stones hurled at you as though you are some street dog or something..(yeah, this one happened to me in Bangalore!) to all that you get to read in the newspapers on that!
oh yeah, we've all learnt to live with it.. dismiss them off as "barking dogs"..or avoid it..
we all have our own li'l techniques of counteracts .. safety pins, self defense techniques, dodging our bodies to save ourselves in a crowded lane, going out in groups or easier still, simply not venturing out at all..
even having a boyfriend around for escort helps! (yeah, having a boyfriend does have some advantages too! :D) or getting yourself a vehicle (seriously, this one's the best i can vouch for.. it's been about 13 yrs since I've got one, and I refer to it as my "bade bhaiya")..
carrying your helmets along while you walk through the lanes.. it doubles up as a shield too.. n sometimes a weapon too.. well at least it'll help you make way for yourself in the crowded lanes!
n if you're staying alone, making sure you don't entertain friends (guys; exception >> pretty close pals) at your place.. not giving away direct contact details like your personal mobile number to people other than close friends/ if the situation calls for that info.. (hey, I do follow this one religiously.. I don't mind being nice to people I meet -well.. mostly, if not always-, but the moment they say 'phone number', I'll be into the "err.. ahem.. didn't hear that!" mode -or some other line.. hey, I wouldn't want to reveal those trademarked info in here, right.. c'mon, put on your thinking caps and invent some creative lines for yourself!- ,unless they are people I'm very sure about!)
(PS: girls: you must've got at least a couple of new techniques here..
guys: your mothers/sisters/girlfriends/wife/daughters would be thanking you if you pass this info to them)
whatever you do, it doesn't nullify the impact of the slimy treatment meted out to you just b'coz you were born a woman!
so, this bunch of youngsters, most of them girls, decided to throng the male dominated Brigade road of Bangalore on Feb 11, '07 (a pity I got to know about it 10 days later)..
"oh these girls! they just want to do all that the men are doing! n then they feel proud for doing that, creating nuisance to everyone".. this is how people dismiss such acts..
well lemme tell you my brothers n sisters, its not about proving some point by blindly aping men.. it's a way of reclaiming the space.. reclaiming the freedom.. reclaiming the sense of belonging to this society.. not feeling ashamed of being a woman.. its about getting into the man's territory and giving it a hit! and more often, the intension is to get even with the people who think less of them.. so, what's wrong in that?
if a 100 women thronging the Brigade road could be a nuisance to people, wonder how much of a nuisance those jobless men must be creating during the other 364 days of the year!
my dear friends, "BLANK NOISE" is the magic word.. spread the word around, find their chapter in your city, n get into action!!
for a change, let's try doing something better than just biting back the hurt pride!