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Petition to Women's Rights Activists

Let's change the narrative of 'Men will be Men'

'Men will be men'— a phrase people often use to ignore men's sexist and misogynistic behaviours, be it in our daily lives, on social media platforms or in brand advertisements. If a woman gets harassed, blatantly objectified, sexualized or beaten by a man, 'men will be men' is used to neglect his mistakes and blame the victim. A lot of women are victim-blamed because they fall prey to the lustful eyes of men, when the fault is of the perpetrator.  Imperial Blue has come out with another ad where it says ‘Men Will Be Men’. But here's a thought we women often have, do the men really agree? Seagram’s Imperial Blue, a brand that is known for its 2-liner ghazal and tagline ‘Men Will Be Men,’ has been loved over the years by both men and women. However, a closer look at the ads, and the message it is trying to convey, comes across as problematic at various levels. The ads stereotype men, portraying them as people who don't bat an eyelid while objectifying women. These ads also portray men as always wanting to have physical relations with a woman, and that men help women only when they're expecting sexual favours from them. These ads also show that staring at a woman is perfectly fine and that women like being stared at, which is completely wrong. This constant sexualization and objectification of women is not even closer to establishing gender equality in the society, rather it promotes how normal it is to stare at women and sexualize them.  Over the years, this series has portrayed women as objects of desire and dehumanized men to an extent that they think it is okay for men to be greedy, possessive, full of lust and materialistic. Never have we seen a real human emotion in their protagonists. They never seem to care about others in these ads or even for their own family at times. Today, when there is a worldwide conversation on how men should be held accountable for exactly this kind of problematic behaviour, Imperial Blue continues to normalise it and be the face of it. Surpisingly, people praise such ads blindly. This needs to stop. Taking its legacy forward, Imperial Blue has launched an advertisement titled ‘Crossing’ featuring Karan Wahi. He spots a conventionally pretty woman walking towards him and helps an old lady cross the street so that he can evoke some empathy and catch the woman’s attention. He then sees another woman behind him and takes the old lady in the opposite direction with him, which implies that men will do anything to grab women's attention -- even make an old woman walk twice and toil for him. Women are tired of this narrative and suffer daily because of it. Please sign this petition and take a step to end this narrative and make people aware that men must be held accountable for their actions.

Shreya Pataskar
531 supporters
This petition won 3 months ago

Petition to chief minister of bihar, health minister of bihar, Health Minister of India, Principal Secretary, Bihar, Health Secretary, Bihar, DM, Patna, Bihar

Kalam Satyagraha: Signature campaign to start "Trauma Centre" in Bikram (Patna, Bihar).

Kalam Satyagraha: A peaceful signature campaign for the revival of the Trauma Center at Bikram. Bikram is a block located about 30-35 km south of Patna Secretariat. Approx three national highways, one state highway and several connectivity roads pass through or near by Bikram. There is always a heavy traffic day and night on these roads. The "trauma center" we are talking about was built in 2002 and some necessary equipments and an ambulance were also issued for this center by the government of Bihar but due to government indifference and official negligence, the trauma center has not been started yet. Crores of hard earned money collected from the public in the form of various taxes have been invested in this trauma center, yet in the last 15-17 years thousands of people of this area have lost their lives and thousands of households have been been ruined due to unavailability of medical emergency services. This loss of human life and hope could have been avoided, had this trauma center been operational. So we are running offline signature campaign in 3 to 4 blocks located near this trauma center. Now we very humbly request every one living in India and around the globe, who are concerned about saving human life, to sign this petition and raise their voices in support of this peaceful movement, so that loss of precious human life merely due to unavailability of medical emergency services in the region could be avoided. Dear Friends, please do remember one thing that with your initiative and support, it is possible. Your voices in the form of online signatures will make the offline signature campaign being run by the local people more effective. After collecting and compiling your signature, both offline and online, we are planning to submit an application to the Chief Minister of the state, the Health Minister of the state and the Center and all the concerned government officials by mid or end of April. The application to the government and the concerned authorities would be submitted by a team of local women volunteers from villages located around Bikram. Again we very humbly appeal to you to do your bit by signing this petition to save the precious human lives and thus their hoseholds. Thanks a lot.  

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