[Y]Ral: If You Think Rape Is Wrong Due To These Reasons, You Are Part Of The Problem

Posted on May 31, 2015 in Gender-Based Violence, Society, Taboos, Video

By Sanskriti Pandey:

If you are reading this, you most likely agree that rape is wrong. But what if someone told you that you are part of the problem, despite advocating that rape is wrong? In this TEDx talk, one woman examines rape culture in India in terms of why you think rape is wrong.

If you think that rape is a violation of gender norms, in the sense that it happens because of a dearth of those “good” men that can “protect” their women, then you think gender policing is the solution. You are part of the problem. If you think that rape is a violation of gender-based boundaries, in the sense that it happens because some women stay out late, dare to go to isolated places, or wear short clothes, then you think behaviour policing is the solution. You are part of the problem. If you think that rape is a violation of cultural boundaries, in the sense that it occurs due to the advent of western influences that are staining and degrading the sacrosanct Indian ‘culture’, then you think culture policing is the solution. You are part of the problem.

Watch this video as Shreena Thakore, of No Country For Women fame, peels the layers off this acute social issue and tells you exactly how and why gender, behaviour, and cultural policing are in fact, as potential solutions, catalytic to rape in India.

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