By Purba Ray
If you think you are a “nice guy” who doesn’t harass women, please stop behaving like you have a halo around your head. And if you are eager for the great guy tag, you will have to do much more than looking the other way when you see any woman getting molested and humiliated.
If you’re a man who has never pawed, groped or assaulted a woman, you are normal. Not good, not great. This is how normal people behave. Stop congratulating yourself.
Are you feeling distressed that I took away your badge of honour? Don’t start fretting yet. I do get it, these days it’s easier to harass a woman than getting your Aadhaar card updated. All you need is a phone with a camera, a dick waiting to spring out of captivity, and heavy breathing. In this age of more than 13 ways to send an instant message and social networks teeming with hot girls talking openly about periods and their sexuality, finding an “object” of your affection is a cakewalk. You don’t even need to be in love with the girl. It doesn’t matter that you are not even friends with her. You only live once, so why waste time in getting to know her and then find out she is just not into you. Just say, hi hottie, I wanna see your tits. If she responds with an ugh, send her a close-up shot of your little boy waiting for action since Big Bang.
It wasn’t always like this. Before the age of mobile phones, men eager for friendship had to whistle, catcall, board buses to rub themselves against women foolish enough to step out of their houses – only to get jabbed by safety pins. Some poor souls eager to take harassment to the next level had to look for empty stretches and then wait behind a dilapidated wall for hours for any goddamn woman to show up. The timing was of the essence. Just as she was about to cross the wall, they had jumped her, flash their ugly penis, say something nasty, try to grab her, and voila, they had managed to traumatise yet another girl for life.
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