Welcome to the Studwalk
Move over Slutwalk, the Delhi Association of Boys Against Oppression (DABAO) today announced the "Delhi Studwalk", an event aimed at spreading awareness about positive male contribution to public spaces in the NCR, writes Gursimran Khamba.india Updated: Jul 04, 2011 12:02 IST
Angry at being consistently stereotyped as eve-teasers, perverts and rapists: the Delhi Association of Boys Against Oppression (DABAO) today announced the "Delhi Studwalk", an event aimed at spreading awareness about positive male contribution to public spaces in the National Capital Region. The "Studwalk", an idea that gained currency after the Delhi Slutwalk became the talk of the town amongst secular Page 3 personas and NGO activists' aims to gather over 50,000 men from notoriously dangerous areas for women such as Shahpur Jat, Kapashera and all of East Delhi.
The President of the association, Vivek Sharma aka "Shanky" had this to say. "Ever since the Slutwalk got announced, people have been making jokes about how unsafe the city if and how a Delhiite = Jaat Boy = rapist. This is bullshit. Firstly, Jaat boyz are mostly from Haryana. Second, it completely ignores Gujjar boyz who only seem to get anyone's attention when they do a dharna on railway tracks. Just because we don't fit in to elitist definitions of civility doesn't mean we keep getting marginalized. Who else will drive the country's deodorant economy? Who will apply to colleges like Sri Aurobindo and Deshbandhu in the Hindi (Hons) programme when no one else wants to? What we're trying to say is that Delhi boyz are what forms the character of this city - and that if anything they need to be given World Heritage Status by UNESCO."
Organisers of the Slutwalk however, were not amused. An excerpt from their recently release press conference said, "This is typical of Delhi men. They just can't let women do anything in peace and have created this forum to legitimize their need for indecently ogling at women. We realised that the term "Slut" wouldn't have the desired impact so changed our platforms name to "Besharami Morcha". Alas, ever since then we've been getting queries from Delhi men who think it's their high school reunion."
Both walks were initially scheduled for 25th June but are now waiting for the government to lift section 144 from Delhi.
Gursimran Khamba is a pissed off writer, stand up comic, podcaster, social media junkie and lover of all fried foods. Except bananas. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/gkhamba
First Published: Jun 20, 2011 13:30 IST