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Its time for misogyny and rape culture to end as women are standing rock solid for the support of other women. Women in Cinema Collective’s support to Kerala nun is proof.
“We’re connected, as women. It’s like a spiderweb. If one part of that web vibrates, if there’s trouble, we all know it, but most of the time we’re just too scared, or selfish, or insecure to help. But if we don’t help each other, who will?”
~ Sarah Addison Allen, The Peach Keeper
In a society like ours where victim blaming and rape culture are sadly still the prevalent norms, it is indeed heartening to see women standing beside other women and taking a stand against these evils. What is even more refreshing is when these women are influential public figures who can have a significant positive impact in the minds of the said society.
One such act of sisterhood has been recently demonstrated by the Women In Cinema Collective (WCC). WCC is a nonprofit organization whose aim is to collectively work towards the problems faced by the women working in the Malayalam film industry. Leading female artists of the industry are part of WCC. Recently, they stood in solidarity beside the Kerala nun who was allegedly raped multiple times by the Bishop of Jalandhar.
WCC’s post on Facebook reads,
It is indeed great to see women who are in position of influence, taking up the causes of women whose voices society have been trying to silence. There was a time when most celebrities would shy away from the ‘F’ word. They made sure that the shadow of feminism wouldn’t fall on their careers and reduce their mass appeal.
Even though there are a lot of such celebrities still around, there has also been an increasing number of voices that have called out patriarchy’s blatant injustices. From Bollywood, names like Kalki Koechlin, Swara Bhaskar, Radhika Apte are famous for their feministic stand on issues of importance like child sex abuse, homosexuality, gender bias etc.
Women celebrities from regional cinemas are also coming forward to add on to the voices of protest against misogyny and rape culture. This gives us hope that with time, more influencers – especially the women – would join the fight against patriarchy and call out the unfairness of make dominationg rules and practices.
Image Source – WCC’s Facebook Post.
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