After Blog Action part 1, here is Part 2
I am sure you must have heard of Pink Chaddi Abhiyaan, an initiative by The Consortium of Pubbing, Loose and Forward Women. Idea is to collect pink panties and send them to Ram Sena chief Ram Muthalik in protest of his dictum at Valentine’s day. This is not in view to uphold Valentine’s day but to oppose unnecessary morla policing against women.
Delhi collection point for pink panties:
M76, M-Block Market
Greater Kailash 2
Last date of collection is tomorrow: 11th February. You can find collection points in Bangalore and Mumbai here.
Panties has been used as symbolic protest before. By Burmese women against Burmese military.
Apart from send pink panties, they ask each of us to fill up pubs on Valentine’s day even if we do not drink, as a protest.
While young feminists all over the country are raving about this movement, there are some voice of dissents as well. Usha writes:
But send him my precious lingerie? No way. Actually I do not own any in pink but if I did I assume they’d be lovely with laces and all, and why on earth would I send it to Muthalik? Even the thought makes me sick.What is the point anyway?
I have a better idea. He calls himself the leader of the Shri Ram Sene and as far as I remember the most famous Sene of Shri Ram, the one that he led to defeat Ravana, consisted entirely of Vanaras or monkeys. Now that explains it all, doesn’t it? So let us send them pink ribbons for their tails or lots of bananas. Pink Monkey caps may be? Send him pink dupattas with detailed notes on how he can use them to hang himself.
Its not gifting each other anything (which is negating the main clause of Valentines, btw) but gifting the thugs some pink underwear. If that is supposed to be a hint for the stupid fools, I think it would be effective if they just got a card with Neanderthal on its cover. I dont gift panties to strangers(who sound deprived of sex), unless they are the lead singer/drummer of my favorite rock band. Blame it on that weird guy who hangs out at lingerie shops fingering the displayed bras and panties. Chaddis are personal, intimate gifts – I love to stuff them in my boyfriend’s pocket for him to find out randomly in the day. Not to some stranger who is likely to use it as a napkin (nudge nudge wink wink). I am definitely not spending my money to buy them new ones. So no chaddis – pink or otherwise, thongs or granny knickers.
So my readers, I have put both side of views about Pink Chaddi Abhiyaan. What do you think? Please hit the comments for I wait to hear from you.
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Update: Muthalik’s response to Pink Chaddi Abhiyaan, he will send a sari as return gift. Here’s a piece about how Muthalik, who was unknown so far, is using all this publicity for his politicl re-launch.
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