Comment of the Week: “Don’t Behave Like Feminists”

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Comment of the Week: “Don’t Behave Like Feminists”

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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here are few conversations that command more attention in modern India than women’s safety. Fuelled by the despicable news of an Indian man groping a US woman on a plane while she was asleep, we published a scathing, satirical takedown of lecherous Indian men titled “Why do Indian Men Turn Into Gropers on a Plane?”

We’d be lying if we said we hadn’t foreseen the deluge of angry, triggered comments of folks accusing us of everything from being “third-wave feminists” to having “biases against Indian men”. If a comment thread isn’t marred by accusations of misandry and libtard-esque slurs, is it even an Arré comment thread?

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But the most baffling of these accusations came from one, Rudra Prasad Behera.

“raise ur standards.. don’t behave like feminists *angry smiley*” pe zara gaur farmaiyega.

Thank you for the encouragement, Mr Behera! If we’re being honest, at Arré, we’re always looking to raise our standards — we’ve even deleted Tinder and use only Hinge in pursuit of the same. However, we’ve never considered the possibility that the feminist values we hold so dear are what’s dragging us down! Any other pearls of wisdom, Mr Behera? Maybe we ought to scrap our entire line-up of feminism, female sexuality and women empowerment pieces in favour of softcore Salman-Iulia fan-fiction?

Maybe we ought to scrap our entire line-up of feminism, female sexuality and women empowerment pieces in favour of softcore Salman-Iulia fan-fiction?

You obviously hit the nail on the head when you called us out for “behaving” like feminists. Our office, which is obviously devoid of men and their mansplainy ways, tends to be an estrogen-fuelled nightmare for some people and we’re glad there’s folks like you out there who remind us of that. In fact, our office Whatsapp Group titled “Raging Feminazis of Arré” is currently abuzz with discussions on how to get a hold of you, Mr Behera to give us a talk on raising our standards.

So swing by for a coffee sometime, Mr Behera? Maybe you can help break our Sunday evening tradition of burning bras by the Carter Road Promenade, yelling “Penises are Enemies” at passersby? We promise it’ll be a hoot.

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