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When Nakshatra goes out for a coffee with his mother, they’re both on the look-out for cute men. “Do you fancy that guy?” she’ll say.
Things haven’t always been this way. Growing up in a village, he became aware of his feelings aged 16. A year later, after a move to Mumbai, he told his parents he was gay. His mum said she wished he was dead.
Sexual harassment at work – does it happen in India? That’s the question we put to our Facebook audience recently.
Sure it happens, most agreed – it’s a worldwide phenomenon. A few men blamed women and their ‘Western’ values for harassment. The feminists then came to the rescue and pointed a stern finger at the male gaze. Find out how the debate rolled out.
Sexual harassment sadly is something we hear more and more about.
It's a serious problem that can blight your life. Yet street harassment often gets called ‘eve teasing’ in India, which makes it sound less serious than it is. Find out what's sexual harassment and what's not, and how you might respond to it – read the top five facts.
Recently we asked eight guys in Bangalore what women can do to be safe on India’s streets. Here's what women think of their answers.
The guys’ advice ranged from joining self-defense classes and buying pepper spray to dressing decently and not laughing loudly in public. We asked three Bangalore women students to respond – here’s what Astha, Adiba and Himali had to say.
The past two weeks I’ve been settling scores with the stupider responses to the Delhi gang rape case.
Well, long before the case made headlines, Love Matters asked some Bangalore guys for their tips for women on how to stay safe on the streets. We’d hoped for responses like, ‘Reclaim your space in society,’ or ‘Stay confident and fight for your rights’. But alas!
What can women do to avoid assault on India’s streets?
The Delhi gang rape case has provoked outrage and stirred debate on sexual violence and harassment. What should women do to stay safe? Be careful how they dress? Fight back physically? We wondered what men would have to say. So we asked eight guys in Bangalore. See if you agree with them.
Men caught harassing a woman can kiss their driving license and ID card goodbye, according to a new law in Madhya Pradesh.
A staggering 98 percent of Indian women say street sexual harassment – commonly known as ‘eve teasing’ – affects their personal or academic development. It might sound harmless, but it can cause trauma as much as rape, some studies suggest.
“I like big butts and I cannot lie.” Yes, that’s a line from a childhood favourite.
Yes, I owe a lot to Sir Mix-a-Lot for opening my eyes. No, I still don’t get most men’s obsession with the women’s chests. But I worry about the bottoms of Indian women. It’s all that ass grabbing and butt pinching they have to suffer.
Yes, it's Holi time again... Time for women all over India to don 'modern' outfits and allow the men to revel in the festivities.
In keeping with the secular spirit of our fine nation, women across religions and castes join in. They offer to be moving targets for the balloons. They enjoy having their freshly-moisturised body parts felt up. Don’t they?
Last weekend I hiked to some mountains just outside Bombay. It was pleasant, except that I felt harassed by a male co-hiker.
And to my utter surprise, I stayed quiet and avoided confrontation. Whatever happened to the won’t-take-bullshit rebel/feminist inside me?
Eve teasing is South Asia’s euphemism for mauling hands and foul-mouthed comments.
Catcalls, suggestive remarks, rubbing against women in a crowd, or full-on groping. In the street, on the bus, on the metro. Almost every woman experiences it. Every woman hates it. So what on earth makes guys do it? Love Matters asked two Indian men for their take on the street sexual harassment plague.
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