How Mainstream Bollywood Normalizes Stalking and Sexual Harassment

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Bollywood fans are spread throughout the globe, regardless of the nationalities and race. The vibrant colors, storylines, action moves and the setting in which they take place somehow captivates its audience and keeps them loyal. However, there are also downsides to it.

Let’s talk about how mainstream Bollywood normalizes stalking and sexual harassment. You know what type of mainstream I’m talking about here. The one in which a male develops a crush on the female protagonist and even after the female rejects the male, he keeps on pursuing her against her wishes. However, in the end, the female ends up falling in love with her stalker, as her stalker does not back out, having no effect on the female rejecting him.

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Now it’s all portrayed in such a fashion, that the audience enjoys it, realizing nothing wrong with the storyline. Bollywood is famous for producing films like these, and they’re quite popular too! But by doing so, they’re also normalizing stalking.

Coming to sexual harassment, we all know how explicit Bollywood has become. While some of those actions does include the consent of the heroine, others don’t. I’m talking about the early days of the couple’s romance. Where the male is still pursuing the female. Often times, the hero will hold the heroine’s hand or hug her forcefully. But instead of getting outraged, the female protagonist just giggles and runs away, shying. In real life, however, the male would be receiving a resounding slap, am I not right?

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You may argue that this is all for entertainment purposes, and should not be taken so seriously. But take a moment and think about what effect this is having on the younger generation and even this generation? Many kids, especially in India, grow up seeing Bollywood movies. Kids pick up a lot of things and some of them stay with them throughout their life. If they constantly see the male aggressively pursuing the female, while getting creepier by the minute and instead of perceiving it as a bad thing, the kid’s family is actually laughing at those scenes and songs? What impact does this have on the kid’s mind? He thinks it’s perfectly normal to do that in real life, paying no heed to the fact that the woman has said no the first time around. But to still stalk her until she falls in love with him. To touch her or lightly brush his body against her own, and think of it as romantic, and not sexual harassment.

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And since Bollywood is spread throughout the globe, it’s affecting all the younger generations out there. This could be one of the reasons for the alarming increase of rape cases in India. It’s time Bollywood stops this, and instead make movies which are positively inclined. Make people realize the power of the word NO and empower women. To start objectifying women and start treating them like a vital part of the society.

 

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What are the skills a child SHOULD be learning in school

Why do we send our children off to school? So that we can see them evolving into beautiful and independent adults. And while academics are extremely important and necessary, it is not everything. And while schools are great for this, all of them share one flaw: They are depriving children of learning basic skills!

I mean it’s great that you’re getting educated, it does help put food on the table. But what about other necessities and skills which help children to survive in this world? Not only in their youth but also as adults. I’ll be talking about what skills a child SHOULD be learning in school.

For starters, and I think we all agree on this, children should be taught on how to be socially active and confident. Educators have failed miserably in this area. We often see children shying away from public speaking. And that’s fine, they are children after all! But it’s the school’s and parent’s job to encourage them forward socially. Many children all over the world are being bullied, but they don’t know how to cope with it because they are neither aware nor do they possess the courage and confidence to stand up to their bullies. This area of skill is in dire need of attention!

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Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell, right? This is something which has been burned into our memory! Wouldn’t it be nice… to I don’t know learn about taxes, mortgages etc. in the same way that we were forced to learn about mitochondria? I mean, sure it’s nice, but it’s of no use to us, right?! It’s essential that the children are educated about these topics so that they understand the importance of it and hence, can function like good and responsible adults.

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Basic cooking! It’s imperative that children know the basic know-how about cooking. God forbid, they can be faced with unusual circumstances when they are alone, or their parents or babysitters can’t attend to them, they should at least know how to put together a simple meal for themselves. We wouldn’t want them to starve right?

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Another major skill children should be taught is to call the right authorities if something goes wrong. There should be enough sense instilled in them that they know what course of action to be taken in which situation. For example, alerting the fire department or calling the police depending on the situation. They should be taught how to act fast and their wits should be sharp!

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Other skills include tackling different situations, compassion, tolerance etc. It is of utmost importance that schools include activities in which a child not only excels at academics but is also given an excellent platform for learning new skills and applying them in daily life situations, in and out of schools! Naturally, we can’t give children a career to prepare for, but we can integrate skills in them which will help them adapt to different situations. They will certainly thank us for a long time to come!