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Yes, I Wear a Bra, and It's Visible. So?

Written by Rezwan On 8 July 2014 @ 1:14 am | 6 Comments

In Arts & Culture, Citizen Media, English, Freedom of Speech, Human Rights, India, Protest, Quick Reads, South Asia, Women & Gender

Nivedita N Kumar [1], a journalist, posts an emotional Facebook note which has gone viral. Here is an excerpt from the powerful essay that lashes at the notion of the Indian patriarchal society [2] that clothes provoke rapists:

Why? Why do you do that? Stare at my breasts like they are cute babies calling out to be cuddled. Strip me naked, slowly, every time I enter the bus? Try to glimpse into my cleavage when I am sitting and reading in the metro.

Who gives you the right? To grope me in the crowded bus? To fall on me “innocently” when I buy popcorn in the theater. When I sit cross legged in the auto and you stop your bike and look hungrily at my legs.

A piece of meat, am I?

How do you think I feel? When I have to continuously watch over my shoulder, because it is 10 pm and there is nobody at the bus stop, except you. Staring at my neck.

The post itself got more than 35000 shares [1] and after it was shared by the Logical Indian, it has so far received more than 260000 likes and more than 64000 shares [3].

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[1] Nivedita N Kumar: https://www.facebook.com/notes/nivedita-n-kumar/yes-i-wear-a-bra-yes-it-shows-so/702214979815189

[2] notion of the Indian patriarchal society: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Andhra-Pradesh-DGP-says-flimsy-clothes-provoke-rape-Chidambaram-fumes/articleshow/11311489.cms

[3] 260000 likes and more than 64000 shares: https://www.facebook.com/logical.indian/photos/a.430765593719832.1073741828.426895610773497/528791283917262/?type=1

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