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Knickers to you!

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Fed-up with the violent and anti-feminist actions of fundamentalist Hindus, who consider themselves to be the self-appointed guardians of ‘true’ Indian culture and values,  29-year-old journalist called Nisha Susan decided to strike back.  Following an attack on a pub by 40 SRS  (Sri Ram Sena – the Lord Ram’s Army) members, who beat up every woman they could see, Nisha was seething mad.  What could one woman do in the face of this kind of aggression?

Being a thoroughly modern ‘Millie’, she set up a Facebook group called the Pub-going, Loose and Forward Women.  By next day it had 500 members, and today is has nearly 60,000 supporters.  The group’s aim was to encourage and support women to behave as they wished and not be repressed by these extremists. 

Then they came up with a bright idea. they encouraged all their followers to post a pair of pink knickers or chaddi to the SRS by way of protest!  Quite literally saying knickers to you!  Yesterday I discussed bricks as a form of communication, today it is knickers. I wonder what tomorrow will bring!

On a more serious note, getting your message across requires effort.  You have to get the other person’s attention before communication can take place.  If you have an important message to get over today, how are you going to make sure that they hear you?

“Years ago, I tried to top everybody, but I don’t anymore, I realized it was killing conversation. When you’re always trying for a topper you aren’t really listening. It ruins communication.”   Groucho Marx

“Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. When we really listen to people there is an alternating current, and this recharges us so that we never get tired of each other. We are constantly being re-created.”   Brenda Ueland