Colleges in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have a novel way to protecting women from sexual harassment. Officials announced that any female students wearing jeans, shorts, minishirts, or tight blouses will be expelled because men are harassing them. This falls into the category of destroying a village to save it. Rather than expelled men who harass women, the schools are cracking down on the victims.
Meeta Jamal, principal of the Dayanand girls’ college in Kanpur was firm: “Girls who choose to wear jeans will be expelled from the college. This is the only way to stop crime against women.” Really? I can think of a couple of other ways like focusing on the men who are harassing these women and throwing them out of school.
In recent months, Hindu extremists have been attacking women seen drinking with bars or showing public affection with their boyfriends.
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I will debate the attractiveness of girls from Missouri to the end. Although I will admit that Texas and Oklahoma come in a close second.
Most of the attractive women in CA probably came from one of those 3 states or had mothers that did.
Pharmacology was never my strong suit, I was more of a brewer and distiller.
“(as one colleague said: men will hang around any woman with breasts, whether they’re completely covered or not.)”
That is the single most succinct, parsimoniously factual statement summing up heterosexual human males’ proclivity towards mammae that I have ever read.
Thanks michelle, for the laugh and for the jewelry store window shopping/men sizing-up women analogy; that was a most apropos parallel to draw.
You never spent the summer in Austin, Texas at Zilker Park over looking Barton Springs or Hippie Hollow on Lake Travis. Well, it started out with the ideal of going to the lake or pool to study. But the world of Physiology took over long before Pharmacology had its roots in me. Sometime now looking at it, it was interesting to see how the two interlaced. Boy oh boy, somee of it I wish I had just dreamed about. Some of it/them were nightmares alas we did indeed grow up, or did I?
I wish they would have had the fashion police when I went, I would have gotten more done. Sitting in front of the library watching the co-eds go by was a respectable way to spend a spring afternoon. And Missouri, especially St. Louis has some of the prettiest women in the country.
An outgrowth of political correctness?
sadly, this mentality is not limited to a school in india. it’s widespread the globe over, and indeed alive and well in the united states. as one example: a few years ago i was working at the university of missouri, and the fashion police (dress code committee) passed down new restrictions every six months. most of the restrictions were on women’s dress, and my boss didn’t even offer the ridiculous excuse that it was for the women’s protection. he claimed it was because the men didn’t get enough work done, because they spent too much time hanging around the women in low-cut blouses. please! (as one colleague said: men will hang around any woman with breasts, whether they’re completely covered or not.) my point was that we don’t force jewelry shopkeepers to cover their windows: we deal with the theif, which is what we should do. it’s the same principle. i lost the argument. shall i believe that even today in a rape trial in this country the defense lawyer won’t put into evidence the way the woman was dressed?
“I once thought of as pretty benign, until I went there, is very male-centric. men have any number of ways to reach nirvana, or spritual enlightenment. women have only one: through sexual intercourse.”
Is India a great country or what!
I will have to pass this one along to my Hindu buddies, I know they will get a kick out of that statement. Although from what I can gather in talking with them, their wives dont seem to agree.
One friend even says “the man is the head of the household but the woman is the neck”.
I think this “gentleman”belongs in the state of Uttar Pradesh,with this comment.
It seems to go hand in hand with this story. A “WTF” moment.
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I’m not sure where you got your information about Indian religion. For the record, there is no single Indian religion; the large majority of Indians are Hindus, but many Muslims, Christians and members of other religions also practice their faiths in India.
It is true that, on the whole, India is not as progressive as the U.S. when it comes to women’s issues (although India had a female prime minister in 1966, and the U.S. is still waiting for its first female president). However, what you said — that Indian religion offers men numerous ways to attain enlightenment, but offers women only one way — is not correct. At best, it might be the view of a certain segment of Indians, but to portray it as representative of “their whole religious system” is inaccurate and unfair. What if an Indian heard the beliefs of some right-wing evangelicals in the U.S. and concluded that they represented the religious views of Americans in general?
With all that said, what this school in Uttar Pradesh is doing is ridiculous.
Prof Turley writes: Meeta Jamal, principal of the Dayanand girls’ college in Kanpur was firm: “Girls who choose to wear jeans will be expelled from the college. This is the only way to stop crime against women.” Really? I can think of a couple of other ways like focusing on the men who are harassing these women and throwing them out of school.
Me: this would make sense except for the fact that this is India and in spite of relatively equal opportunities for women in education their whole religious system, which I once thought of as pretty benign, until I went there, is very male-centric. men have any number of ways to reach nirvana, or spritual enlightenment. women have only one: through sexual intercourse.
so there you are.
put them back in their saris and let them take class. they won’t actually be able to put their educations to good use in most cases. after the arranged marriages they stay home.
The Woman made me do it defense. Oh, yes. If she had not looked sooo irresistible, I would not have . . . . . . .
I agree with you on this as well.
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