When you hear about atrocities against women like the recent mass molestation of women in Bengaluru, at New Year’s Eve; it seems like the campaign for feminism is futile. It makes you wonder whether you live in the 21st century or as if you’ve been taken back in time to the 1800s, to the brutal and unsparing times for women.
Amidst this, the students from DU’s Girls Colleges refuse to give in and advocate their battle against sexism. As the cultural fest season draws nearer; many of these Colleges have banned the music artists who promote sexism through the derogatory and chauvinist lyrics of their songs, from their fests.
“Artists who ‘objectify women and make sexist comments in their songs’ are not being invited”, they say.
Samridhi Bajaj, General Secretary of the students’ union, Miranda House
“What is the point in protesting for women’s rights if we are entertained by songs which say ‘I swear chhoti dress mein bomb lagdi mennu’?”
This decision has been taken by the student’s union members of colleges that include – Lady Shri Ram College of Commerce for Women, Jesus and Mary College, Gargi College and Kamala Nehru College.
Smitha Sabu, Treasurer of students’ union of Lady Shri Ram College for Women says,
“We are trying to propagate the ideas of feminism and equality, while these artists are using their art form to demean women. The lyrics of songs like ‘Brown Rang’ and ‘Saturday Saturday’ are offensive, abusive and completely opposite of what we are taught in college. In these songs, women are mere objects obsessed with makeup, shopping and partying, so we can’t think of calling these artists for obvious reasons,”.