Friday, March 03, 2006

Sick of Getting Harassed on the Streets? Blog About It!

Street harassment, eve teasing, sexual harassement - whatever name this social phenomenon goes by, it is a monster in our midst. No matter how much we are used to it, having to face it day in and day out, it never fails to give rise to a sick feeling everytime you encounter it. Women face it personally, but the men in their lives are affected as well just by watching their loved ones go through it. At best we are frustrated by this scrouge and at worst, we are afraid to walk freely on the streets. It certainly is a debilitating and nervewracking feeling not to be able to go about your everyday lives without having to be constantly aware of every flailing hand 360 degrees around you.

The Blank Noise Project is an initiative that seeks to assign eve-teasing its rightful place as a crime in our society. The Project now is almost a year old. To commemorate the first anniversary of its existence in the blogosphere, the Project is organizing Blog-a-thon 2006. What is Blog-a-thon 2006 all about? Here is some info from their site:
Marking our one year foray into the blog world, we’ve decided to host a Blog-a-thon on the issue of street harassment. No, you don’t have to run anywhere (thankfully) to participate, you’ve just got to get to your computer this TUESDAY (7th MARCH) and post your thoughts on street harassment/ eve teasing on your blog. You can write about anything related to the topic: testimonies, opinions on harassment, comments about the Blank Noise project, would all be great. It doesn't matter where you're from, where you live, or whether you're a man or a woman - we'd love to have you on board. If you’d like to participate, send an email to blurtblanknoise[AT] before the coming Monday (6th March). We’ll add your name and blogsite to the ‘running’ list of participants on the Blank Noise blogsite so that everyone can see what everyone else is writing about the topic. Also, just to get the maximum number of people 'out' for this event - we'd request that you put up a posting on your blog prior to Monday to encourage other people to participate, and to let them know to check your blog on Monday. So join one, join all!


Vivified Visage said...

I read and joined! I hope the project turns out well; this is something that is most definitely desperately needed.

Sujatha said...

Wonderful! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Interesting! I have been in the US for the last 10 years. When I call some of my friends and a husband takes the call. The immediate response "let me give it to so and so". Oh my god, these are the cream of the crop from India. For heaven's sake they can talk to you for a second....
Basically my opinion is any part of the country, they lack respect for women....... partly because we ourselves don't respect ourselves.