Ever since the Bengaluru incident, molestation, eve teasing and other sexual offences have taken center stage. People across the country have vehemently spoken out for women’s safety. However, simultaneously, there have been protests by men who have asked not to be judged for the actions of a select few who share nothing but their gender. We’ve even got our own hashtag, #NotAllMen.
It’s true that the actions of a few must never be representative of the rest of us. However, before be decide to package ourselves as divine beings who can do no wrong, a little introspection is necessary, don’t you think?
This stand-up comic, Kalpak, recently penned down a post which acts as a sort of filter. It’s a sort of reality check for those who confidently assert that they are not a part of the problem.
But let’s give our #NotAllMen war-cry another introspection.
Let’s dig further, shall we?
While most of us (I am hoping), confidently stayed within the pious circle of #NotAllMen until the first few questions, some of us surely started to fall out towards the end. I personally did. While this filter may seem too idealistic, it does warrant the question, can we really absolve ourselves from all responsibility?
While we may not be the obvious culprits, by not being a part of the solution, we do bear a proportion of the burden of responsibility. It’s time we accept it.