Mid-day Reports On Women Against Male-bashing

http://mid-day.com/news/2009/dec/161209-shave-india-campaign-gillette-AIFWA-uma-challa.htm

‘Gillette is breaking families’

By: Anshuman G Dutta

A Hyderabad-based women’s NGO joins hands with its male counterparts against the Shave India Campaign

Bollywood hotties Mugdha Godse, Neha Dhupia and Minissha Lamba are urging women to encourage their men to get rid of facial hair. But, here’s good news for those men fed up with “derogatory” advertisements prodding them to shave. The fairer sex supports the stubble too.

After men-only NGOs raised their voice against the new campaign of Gillette, a multi-national brand of safety razors, which has launched a tirade against facial hair, a Hyderabad-based NGO, All India Forgotten Women’s Association (AIFWA), has also join hands with its male counterparts.

Gillette, a brand owned by Procter and Gamble (P&G), launched a Women Against Lazy Stubble (WALS) advertisement featuring Bollywood hotties urging women to encourage their men to get rid of facial hair. Men grow stubble just out of their laziness, the campaign said.

According to the NGO, the advertisement is derogatory and has the tendency to create  family disharmony.

“The Shave India Campaign is all about male bashing. Showing men in a poor light has become a corporate gimmick,” said Uma Challa, president, AIFWA.

The NGO has asked all memebers to shun Gillette products to mark its protest against the company. Besides, it has invited other like-minded people to join the cause and boycott the company till an apology is furnished.

“A man — be it husband, father, brother or son — play an important role in the family. And this is not because of their preference to shave or not to shave. Shaving has nothing to do with the relationship and being lazy,” she said.

Challa also informed that her husband Kiranam Chatti, who is a scientist, also did not shave on December 7 that was observed by India Men Welfare Association (AIMWA)  as National Stubble Day.

While AIFWA  insisted upon the vital role of men in a family environment, it is also planning to make it a nationwide campaign. Its website while severely criticising P&G for the advertisement called the idea vile, anti-male, loony stunt. “If P&G doesn’t hesitate to indulge in demeaning our men, they shouldn’t expect women to refrain from demeaning P&G either,” read the website.

“The advertisement says “Women on Warpath” against their lazy husband because they are not shaving everyday. It’s a ridiculous even to think,” said Uma.

This is not all. To protest the Gillette advertisement AIMWA has launched another campaign “Refund for Razors”, where all the members will send their used Gillette razors to the company. “We are boycotting all Proctor & Gamble (P&G) products and our members are enthusiastically following it,” said Virag Dhulia, founder member of AIMWA.

“With other social activists  joining our campaign we have proved that the advertisement is against our basic motto of promoting harmony in a family. No corporate body can promote Indian women to go on a “warpath” just because their husbands are not shaving every day. Moreover, no one has the right to call us lazy  over such thing,” said Swarup Sarkar, coordinator, Save Family Foundation (SFF), who is spearheading the movement against Gillette’s promotional feature.

Also read: SOS: Save our stubble


Uma Challa writes on her blog
I, as a human being, empathise with the plight of the modern day man, who is expected to be nothing less than perfect in order to be spared of ridicule or hatred in the society.

Present day women always have so many excuses for behaving the way they do, and are always talking about what they want. But now that male-bashing is promoted as a laudable pursuit by selfish companies like P&G and there is no price for being pig-headed and unfair, they really don’t see anything wrong in dictating terms to men. Yes, guys, this is what the flakes want. The verdict is finally out.

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Men Are Human Too

Today, 10 December 2009, marks the conclusion of the “16 Days of Activism Against Global Feminist Terrorism” by All India Men’s Welfare Association (AIMWA) and All India Forgotten Women’s Association (AIFWA).

Today, UN and all countries around the world are also observing Human Rights Day, with “non-discrimination” as this year’s theme.

Commenting on this year’s theme Mr. Ban Ki-moon said, “Discrimination targets individuals and groups that are vulnerable to attack: the disabled, women and girls, the poor, migrants, minorities, and all those who are perceived as different.”

Most people will not miss seeing the word “men” in the list of “vulnerable groups” mentioned above. I am sure majority of men, including the UN Secretary General himself, do not know that they belong in the list.

This is not surprising, as Mr. Ban Ki-moon himself said, “It is often those who most need their human rights protected, who also need to be informed that the Declaration exists — and that it exists for them.”

During our 16 Days of Activism Against Global Feminist Terrorism, we highlighted the serious human rights abuses that men are subjected to in the name of women’s rights and the collateral damages suffered by women, children and families.

While the Universal Declaration of Human Rights claims to be “a reaffirmation of the faith of the peoples of the UN in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women”, it is amply clear that in most parts of the world, men are not treated with the dignity and respect that human beings deserve.

On the contrary, social and legal discrimination against men and violation of their human rights are now projected as praiseworthy goals for all present nations and future generations.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states:

  • Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
  • No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
  • Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
  • No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

In blatant violation of all the above rights, thousands of husbands and their families are arbitrarily arrested every year, without evidence or investigation, under IPC Sections 498A, 304B, Dowry Prohibition Act, and related laws which presume that the accused are “guilty until proved innocent”.

India’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has noted the misuse of dowry laws, arrest of innocent individuals and the resultant overcrowding of prisons. NHRC has urged the judiciary and law enforcement agencies to take measures against these abuses.

Nevertheless, police routinely enter people’s homes at ungodly hours, take accused individuals into custody, and incarcerate them without bail for variable lengths of time, ranging from a couple of days to several months. Innocent citizens are illegally detained, humiliated, subjected to mental and physical torture, blackmail and extortion, driving many to commit suicide. The honor and reputation of these accused individuals is attacked through media trial and unrestrained slander by feminists every day.

The Universal Declaration of Human rights states:

  • Men and women are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
  • All are equal before the law, and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.

Family and marriage related laws in India exhibit nothing but discrimination against men and fathers. Men are blatantly denied social and legal protection from domestic abuse. Men suffering domestic abuse are compelled to endure several years of legal harassment and are often denied divorce citing “lack of strong grounds”.

Men also endure false allegations of abuse made by wives seeking divorce, and end up with a divorce they never wanted. Fathers are ruthlessly denied contact with their children, and forced to pay exorbitant sums of money as alimony and child support.

The Universal Declaration of Human rights states:

  • Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
  • No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

The Indian Domestic Violence Act empowers a wife to violate marital norms with impunity and claim residence and maintenance from the husband. Many men and their families are thrown out of or deprived freedom of movement in their own homes, upon baseless allegations of abuse made by unscrupulous wives.

Mr. Ban ki-moon asserts, “It is our duty to ensure that these (human) rights are a living reality — that they are known, understood and enjoyed by everyone, everywhere.”

It is ironical that the United Nations and its affiliate organizations sponsor these human rights violations and legal terrorism through feminist initiatives claiming to uplift and empower women.

On the occasion of Human Rights Day 2009, AIMWA and AIFWA urge you to raise your voice against global feminist terrorism, which is responsible for large scale human rights abuses against men and their kin.

We demand that the UN declares “Men are human too” as the theme for Human Rights Day 2010.


Other articles featured during the 16 Days of Activism:

Day 1: 16 Days of Activism Against Global Feminist Terrorism November 25 – December 10

http://aimwa.in/16-days-of-activism-against-global-feminist-terrorism-november-25-december-10

Day 2: Fact sheet on domestic violence against men in India

http://aimwa.in/fact-sheet-on-domestic-violence-against-men-in-india

Day 3: Beware boys! The female Taliban is coming for you!

http://aimwa.in/beware-boys-the-female-taliban-is-coming-for-you

Day 4: One in three victims of family violence is male

http://aimwa.in/one-in-three-victims-of-family-violence-is-male

Day 5: Rape Law: YES can mean NO

http://aimwa.in/rape-law-yes-can-mean-no

Day 6: Misuse of Sec. 498A of IPC and Dowry Prohibition Act

http://aimwa.in/misuse-of-sec-498a-of-ipc-and-dowry-prohibition-act

Day 7: Compromising National Security to Address Feminist Insecurity?

http://aimwa.in/compromising-national-security-to-address-feminist-insecurity

Day 8: The Myth of Women’s Oppression

http://aimwa.in/the-myth-of-women%e2%80%99s-oppression

Day 9: Domestic Violence – The Industry of Lies

http://aimwa.in/domestic-violence-%e2%80%93-the-industry-of-lies

Day 10: The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness

http://aimwa.in/the-paradox-of-declining-female-happiness

Day 11: Watch Out for Paternity Fraud!

http://aimwa.in/watch-out-for-paternity-fraud

Day 12: Feminists: So Say One, So Say Them All

http://aimwa.in/feminists-so-say-one-so-say-them-all

Day 13: Dowry death and bride burning: A look beyond the smoke screen

http://aimwa.in/dowry-death-and-bride-burning-a-look-beyond-the-smoke-screen

Day 14: “Committed to the cause of women” – The Trojan Horse of Indian Feminism

http://aimwa.in/committed-to-the-cause-of-women-the-trojan-horse-of-indian-feminism

Day 15: Fatherless Society – The Feminist Utopia

http://aimwa.in/fatherless-society-%e2%80%93-the-feminist-utopia

Dowry death and bride burning: A look beyond the smoke screen

The phrase “bride burning” conjures up images of a cruel husband and his family members dousing a young woman in kerosene, flinging a lighted matchstick on her and gloating as the hapless bride goes up in flames. The term “dowry death” also sparks off vivid imaginations of a woman being taunted and harassed for money and finally, hanged to death within the four walls of her house. We also have watched movies and TV serials where a malicious mother-in-law poisons the unsuspecting daughter-in-law’s meal or quietly causes a gas leak and locks the new bride in the kitchen right before she lights the stove to make tea for the family.

There must be many families who burn their brides for dowry as a routine practice otherwise, why would there be so many news reports about dowry deaths? As they say, there cannot be smoke without a fire. Right?

Feminists would have you believe that every unnatural or untimely death of a married Indian woman is dowry death. Not only that, the feminist hyperbole on “bride killing” and “dowry harassment” makes it look like Indian men have an uncanny propensity to commit violence on their wives for money, while men in other countries commit domestic violence for other reasons.

In reality, it is the number of registered suicides of married women which are passed off as statistics of dowry death, and even these numbers are almost always exaggerated. It has become a custom to claim that all the women have been “driven to suicide” due to dowry harassment.1-6 The husband and in-laws are immediately arrested under IPC Sections 304B and 498A and incarcerated for a couple of weeks to several months without bail. They are promptly subjected to media trial and labeled criminals even before investigation or trial can begin.

Even if all the noise about Indian brides being “driven to suicide” for dowry is indeed well-founded, one would expect that the number of suicides of married women would be significantly higher compared to that of unmarried women. However, the National Crime Records Bureau’s statistics show that there is no significant difference in the rates of suicide by married and unmarried women.

Justice Saldana’s remarks (in Crl.A. no. 589 of 2003) are testimony to how anti-dowry laws are being misused to the detriment of innocent citizens:

…we need to sound a note of caution that the police and investigating authorities should not improperly and technically jump to the conclusion that merely because death has occurred that ipso facto a criminal offense has been committed . In as many as 44% of these cases prosecution is thoroughly unjustified. Unless there is cogent and convincing evidence and unless there is material to sustain these charges, it would be totally impermissible and completely unjustified to embark upon legal action. The consequences of these charges are extremely grave because the accused husband and invariably family members are placed under arrest. There are serious social and economic repercussions.

The fact that we do come across considerable number of instances where prosecution was unjustified seems to indicate that in every case of death of young woman or recently married women that prosecution and filing of charge sheet has become automatic. There does not appear to be a proper application of mind at the stage of scrutiny and having regard to this position we direct the concerned authorities to ensure that requirements of the law are correctly and responsibly followed.

It is important to note that more than 56,000 married Indian men end their lives every year. According to statistics obtained from the National Crime Records Bureau, every year, twice as many married men, compared to women, commit suicides unable to withstand verbal, emotional, economic and physical abuse by their wives and in-laws. Deaths of these men make for the brief stories we often read in newspapers stating that a certain man “killed himself due to family issues or financial problems”. 7-12

Thanks to the concerted efforts of the feminists, thousands of men are also becoming victims of “legal terrorism” unleashed through laws like Sections 498A and 304B of the Indian Penal Code, Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence Act, adultery laws, laws against rape and sexual harassment, and even divorce, maintenance and child custody laws. Many men are ending their lives unable to endure the fear, humiliation and trauma caused by the legal harassment.13-18

While it is insisted that the death of every young married woman is a case of dowry death requiring immediate arrest of the husband and in-laws, accompanied by media-hype, male-bashing and breast-beating, driving thousands of men to commit suicide is considered social service in India.

Feminists have always wanted “dowry harassment” and “bride burning” to remain hot issues that fuel the Indian Domestic Violence Industry.

The feminist Taliban will surely burn in rage as we look beyond the smoke screen and call their bluff.

1.    http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/kem-doctor-suicide-police-register-dowry-case-against-husband/407514/
2.    http://www.thehindu.com/2007/02/11/stories/2007021114290300.htm
3.    http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/fivemonth-pregnant-woman-commits-suicide-3-held-for-dowry-harassment/275318/’
4.    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/woman-commits-suicide-husband-held/494150/
5.    http://www.hindu.com/2007/03/28/stories/2007032823500500.htm
6.    http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/report_techie-held-for-suicide-of-wife_1252098
7.    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Husband-commits-suicide-after-wife-calls-him-ugly-impotent/articleshow/3781322.cms
8.    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Man-pining-for-separated-son-commits-suicide/articleshow/4382247.cms
9.    http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/kolkata/Man-commits-suicide-on-metro-tracks/Article1-475927.aspx
10.    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kanpur/Man-commits-suicide/articleshow/5276875.cms
11.    http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Man-commits-suicide-at-Delhi-metro-station/432125/
12.    http://www.kolkatamirror.com/index.aspx?page=article&sectid=13&contentid=2009111320091113132759296662d0415&sectxslt=
13.    http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/ministers-gunner-kills-self-fearing-dowry-charges-against-family/463274/
14.    http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/False-dowry-case-Man-kills-self/270124/
15.    http://www.expressbuzz.com/edition/story.aspx?Title=%E2%80%98Harassed%E2%80%99+husband+commits+suicide&artid=QlzZUAwpVaA=&SectionID=Qz/kHVp9tEs=&MainSectionID=wIcBMLGbUJI=&SectionName=UOaHCPTTmuP3XGzZRCAUTQ==&SEO=
16.    http://www.deccanherald.com/content/19204/treated-cruelly-wife-techie-ends.html
17.    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/PSI-shoots-himself-dead-with-service-revolver/articleshow/5249121.cms
18.    http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?section=subcontinent&xfile=data/subcontinent/2008/february/subcontinent_february242.xml

PRESS RELEASE – Women Against Male-bashing

***P&G recently issued a Press Release in the name of “Women Against Lazy Stubble” http://shaveindia.com/pressrelease.php. This is not the first time that a company has resorted to male-bashing to sell its products. This is our call to all companies to STOP THE WAR AGAINST MEN AND BOYS and to put an end to MALE-BASHING.***

PRESS RELEASE

Women Against Male-bashing: “No more Excuses for P&G to Carry on Hate Campaigns!”

Hyderabad, 6th December 2009: Launching the ‘Stop the War Against Men and Boys’ movement – Women Against Male-bashing (W.A.M), a group of young women looking to attract all like-minded women across India, who believe that it is about time P&G stopped its anti-male commercials, are happy to announce that scores of average Indian women have joined their league to show that they love the men in their lives for who they are and not because of how often or how well they shave.

To further supplement their plans to expand their movement in the country, All India Forgotten Women’s Association (AIFWA) has come onboard to support their campaign by boycotting all the women’s products manufactured by P&G, no matter how inexpensive they are and spread the message that women will no longer put up with the gender war stoked by P&G. The support from AIFWA will enable W.A.M to reach a much wider audience through its strong network. Now that P&G’s cheap sales tricks and loony marketing stunts stand exposed, P&G doesn’t have any excuse for not stopping its hate campaign.

The message that WAM intends to spread to everyone across the country is three fold:
1.    Till P&G doesn’t stop its vile, anti-male commercials, we will actively campaign against their products.
2.    Now that P&G’s cheap tricks and loony stunts stand exposed, P&G doesn’t have any excuse for not stopping its hate campaign.
3.    If P&G doesn’t hesitate to indulge in demeaning our men, they shouldn’t expect women to refrain from demeaning P&G either.

All balanced, intelligent, real women agree with the group’s sentiment emphasizing the importance of stopping the hate speech against men, “Yes! Grooming includes several things but the most important of them all, is CHOICE. When many men are comfortable with or choose to have facial hair, I really don’t see any reason why men should be compelled to shave. This is why I’ve decided to support the WAM movement. Because I genuinely believe that if men look good to themselves, we shouldn’t expect them to change for our sake”, said a young woman doing her Bachelors’ Degree.

Another young lady said, “Just because women spend hours in an effort to look good (regardless of the real outcome), does not mean men should sacrifice something they’d rather not, that is their time (even if it is only 5 minutes) or their stubble (no matter who likes or hates it)? Now that there is so much noise about CHOICE, what excuses are left for women? As WAM believes, I don’t think women are being forced to be with men with a stubble and it is rather sad that P&G does not care about how real women like to see their men, that is happy (shaven or unshaven).”

A member of AIFWA states, “The reason I decided to support the W.A.M movement is because, I, as a human being, empathize with the plight of the modern day man, who is expected to be nothing less than perfect in order to be spared of ridicule or hatred in the society. Present day women always have so many excuses for behaving the way they do, and are always talking about what they want. But now that male-bashing is promoted as a laudable pursuit by selfish companies like P&G and there is no price for being pig-headed and unfair, they really don’t see anything wrong in dictating terms to men. Yes, guys, this is what the flakes want. The verdict is finally out.”

Uma Challa, President of AIFWA commented on the organization’s support of the campaign, “When we conducted a survey of average Indian women, we found that over 90% of women prefer a reliable, decent, hardworking man (clean shaven, stubbly, or unshaven). W.A.M came about to let men know that real women love them for who they are and prefer that their men get the extra 5 minutes of sleep for all the hard work they do for the family and the society. We will do everything to support and scale it up to reach all like-minded women across the country. We have even introduced a new blog http://stubbleindia.wordpress.com/, in collaboration with All India Men’s Welfare Association, to remind men and boys that they don’t have to feel guilty if they don’t shave”

W.A.M envisions bringing together all women in India who detest P&G’s hate campaign against unshaven and bearded men. With the help of AIFWA and real women across the country, W.A.M will spread the core message of the movement – Stop the War Against Men and Boys!

While initially starting up, W.A.M is urging men and women from across the country to BOYCOTT all P&G products and protest against their anti-male ad campaigns.

C’MON PEOPLE!! Act now and let P&G know how you really feel…

About W.A.M.


Women Against Male-bashing (W.A.M.) is a movement that brings together all like-minded women who believe that the time has come for them to take a stand against anti-male speech and anti-male commercials. The founders of this movement are a group of young women who believe that EQUALITY should exist in all walks of life – especially CHOICE. The philosophy is straightforward – Men are human too. NO MORE EXCUSES FOR MALE-BASHING in the name of women’s empowerment!

PRESS RELEASE

Women Against Male-bashing: “No more Excuses for P&G to Carry on Hate Campaigns!”

Hyderabad, 6th December 2009: Launching the ‘Stop the War Against Men and Boys’ movement – Women Against Male-bashing (W.A.M), a group of young women looking to attract all like-minded women across India, who believe that it is about time P&G stopped its anti-male commercials, are happy to announce that scores of average Indian women have joined their league to show that they love the men in their lives for who they are and not because of how often or how well they shave.

To further supplement their plans to expand their movement in the country, All India Forgotten Women’s Association (AIFWA) has come onboard to support their campaign by boycotting all the women’s products manufactured by P&G, no matter how inexpensive they are and spread the message that women will no longer put up with the gender war stoked by P&G. The support from AIFWA will enable W.A.M to reach a much wider audience through its strong network. Now that P&G’s cheap sales tricks and loony marketing stunts stand exposed, P&G doesn’t have any excuse for not stopping its hate campaign.

The message that WAM intends to spread to everyone across the country is three fold:
1.    Till P&G doesn’t stop its vile, anti-male commercials, we will actively campaign against their products.
2.    Now that P&G’s cheap tricks and loony stunts stand exposed, P&G doesn’t have any excuse for not stopping its hate campaign.
3.    If P&G doesn’t hesitate to indulge in demeaning our men, they shouldn’t expect women to refrain from demeaning P&G either.
All balanced, intelligent, real women agree with the group’s sentiment emphasizing the importance of stopping the hate speech against men, “Yes! Grooming includes several things but the most important of them all, is CHOICE. When many men are comfortable with or choose to have facial hair, I really don’t see any reason why men should be compelled to shave. This is why I’ve decided to support the WAM movement. Because I genuinely believe that if men look good to themselves, we shouldn’t expect them to change for our sake”, said a young woman doing her Bachelors’ Degree.

Another young lady said, “Just because women spend hours in an effort to look good (regardless of the real outcome), does not mean men should sacrifice something they’d rather not, that is their time (even if it is only 5 minutes) or their stubble (no matter who likes or hates it)? Now that there is so much noise about CHOICE, what excuses are left for women? As WAM believes, I don’t think women are being forced to be with men with a stubble and it is rather sad that P&G does not care about how real women like to see their men, that is happy (shaven or unshaven).”

A member of AIFWA states, “The reason I decided to support the W.A.M movement is because, I, as a human being, empathize with the plight of the modern day man, who is expected to be nothing less than perfect in order to be spared of ridicule or hatred in the society. Present day women always have so many excuses for behaving the way they do, and are always talking about what they want. But now that male-bashing is promoted as a laudable pursuit by selfish companies like P&G and there is no price for being pig-headed and unfair, they really don’t see anything wrong in dictating terms to men. Yes, guys, this is what the flakes want. The verdict is finally out.”

Uma Challa, President of AIFWA commented on the organization’s support of the campaign, “When we conducted a survey of average Indian women, we found that over 90% of women prefer a reliable, decent, hardworking man (clean shaven, stubbly, or unshaven). W.A.M came about to let men know that real women love them for who they are and prefer that their men get the extra 5 minutes of sleep for all the hard work they do for the family and the society. We will do everything to support and scale it up to reach all like-minded women across the country. We have even introduced a new blog http://stubbleindia.wordpress.com/, in collaboration with All India Men’s Welfare Association, to remind men and boys that they don’t have to feel guilty if they don’t shave”

W.A.M envisions bringing together all women in India who detest P&G’s hate campaign against unshaven and bearded men. With the help of AIFWA and real women across the country, W.A.M will spread the core message of the movement – Stop the War Against Men and Boys!

While initially starting up, W.A.M is urging men and women from across the country to BOYCOTT all P&G products and protest against their anti-male ad campaigns.

C’MON PEOPLE!! Act now and let your P&G how you really feel…

About W.A.M.
Women Against Male-bashing (W.A.M.) is a movement that brings together all like-minded women who believe that the time has come for them to take a stand against anti-male speech and anti-male commercials. The founders of this movement are a group of young women who believe that EQUALITY should exist in all walks of life – especially CHOICE. The philosophy is straightforward – Men are human too. NO MORE EXCUSES FOR MALE-BASHING in the name of women’s empowerment!