Originally posted by s.satishkumar
It now looks like it will take a gang raped girl for us to wake up from the slumber and scream What's going on?
The male gaze in India makes women ashamed of their sexuality.
That's an understatement.
Why are some men...especially Indian men...created this way - God only knows.
But being an Indian woman living outside of India, I am acutely aware that when I do step into my motherland...the first thing that catches my eyes are those dupattas that are pinned neatly, carefully and consciously on both sides of a salwar. Why, I wonder...because living outside of India, I never thought twice about those dupattas. I always found it a nuisance. In India, it's an essential equipment to wear when a decent middle class girl wants to walk out on the streets.
On my recent visit to Chennai, I noticed so many changes in the city. Some were for better, some were for worse. It's nice to see every middle class citizen on the roads now walking with and talking to someone on their mobile phones.
Mobile phones. Everyone has them. Most people have smartphones now...with touchscreens, internet downloads, apps all on their fingertips. That's great to see. A few decades ago, having a mobile phone was such a big deal. Now everyone has got one.
So much advancement in such recent years.
Or so I thought.
My eyes saw other things too.
There were casual looking men with phones trying to take unknown pictures of women on their mobile cameras. I am told by my female friends that these incidents are common these days, esp in public places where no one is conscious that such photos are taken. This kind of voyeurism disgusted me, but I was also curious to know what do they do with these pictures. Where do they end up?
Some of these photos can be seen on the internet. Some are uploaded on po*nographic websites and after some googling, in the adult sections on online forums, where people would post one of these pictures and there would be long comment threads underneath them. These comments, all from men, dripped of extreme sexual frustration, either talking about the woman's assets in strong language or treating her like a sexual object.
What struck me about these posts were the photographs themselves. There was
no nudity in any of these pictures. Some of them were opportunistic shots of
exposed cleavage, legs and buttocks; others focused on less obvious body parts
such as armpits, necks and the small of the back. Still others were just simple
shots of women on streets or at their homes, with no overt sexual element
The subjects weren't just attractive young women - they were young and old,
petite and obese. Some pictures were untouched and raw, while others had been
crudely edited. In some pictures the faces had been cropped out or distorted to
protect the woman's identity; in others, they had been digitally disfigured to
make them resemble rape or acid burn victims.
These pictures came from all over India - villages, small towns, cities and even
metros like Chennai and Delhi.
I am not saying all Indian men have got sexual issues to deal with, but there definitely seems to be a significant portion of men across the country whose gaze towards women is very unbalanced.
It would be best to chop off their p**** but it would be wiser to pluck out their eyes too.
For a country that is already blind, India is the best place in the world for a criminal to live in peace, good health and happiness. It's a country where the wife provides nice home-made food for her husband, while her husband secretly takes pictures of other people's wives on his phone and uploads it on the internet. That's how advanced our Indian culture is today.