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Magazine Says Women’s Leggings Are ‘Obscene’, Facebook Users Give A Fitting Reply

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In a case of extremely poor journalistic ethics and an outright abuse of power, a south Indian magazine ‘Kumudam Reporter’ ran a cover story about the obscenity of women’s leggings. The subject matter is ridiculous and not really worth any rational person’s time, but what made it worse was the photographs that accompanied the misogynistic rant – focusing on women’s rears, waiting for a gust of wind to lift up a kurta, all of this without these women’s knowledge or consent!

“Are youngsters crossing the line?” Asks the magazine in Tamil, as if it were unable to fathom a world in which one person’s decision to dress how they please is entirely their own. Perhaps the idea of personal freedom is an entirely alien concept to the editorial team of ‘Kumudam’.

Luckily, ever-vigilant netizens of Facebook and Twitter were not about to let this slide. A fitting reply was delivered to the magazine as people began sharing photos of their leggings, jeans or shorts with the hashtag #OurClothesOurChoice.

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This is the kind of thinking that lays all the blame on survivors of assault. This is the kind of thinking that leads people in foreign countries to develop valid concerns about safety in India. It’s the kind of thinking that can no longer be tolerated by these users of social media and, hopefully, by society at large, if we are to claim India has entered the 21st century.

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Alongside these images, a petition has gone live, asking the magazine’s chairman and managing director to apologise for the cover story and photographs, with over 16,000 signatures. An open challenge must be meted out to the preservation of such backward, effacing, and moralistic values no matter where they’re coming from, and Kumudam is only getting the criticism it deserves.

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  1. Social Indian

    Though well crafted, this is a highly unwanted criticism on a magazine which is expressing its social view point.

    The personal dress choice of an individual can be anything and I hope the magazine does not instruct any specific individuals.

    At the same time a magazine like Kumudham have their right to shape the social ethics. Magazines have every right to build societal ethics as opposed to curbing individual dress choices.

    Please don’t affect the social responsibility of press by these individual centric articles like this.

  2. Jigsaw

    Everything in society must run according to the personal whims of feminists, who are bent on spreading lewdness, nudity, masturbation, and fornication.

  3. Boo

    Bla bla bla this is against Indian culture! Let us troll all girls on twitter.

  4. Batman

    When a man exposes, he is a pervert. When a woman exposes, she is liberated!

    1. Shweta

      Batman, do you know what men expose to be called perverts?

      When it’s okay for men to expose their arms, shoulders & legs, why is it wrong for women to do the same?

  5. The Game

    What happened to the magazine’s right to freedom of speech?

  6. Amlan

    If they are just expressing their personel view, thats fine.But who has given them the right to take unauthorised images of women focused at inappropiate areas??? And freedom of press doesnt mean freedom to spread racism, sexism, and communalism.

  7. Amlan

    And sadly this is just another example.Mam you will be shocked to see the sexism of our local Assamese private sattelite news channels.Once, they took unauthorised pics of random girls in shorts passing by the streets and telecasted a report critising them as “Summer time Nuiscance”. To those perverted Journalists, I have only one thing to say- ” Vulgarity lies in ones mind, not in ones dress”.

  8. B

    Girls are slaves of the fashion industry. They let the industry dictate what they will wear. Not much of a choice anyway.

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