We cannot thank you enough
The last week has been an online mass catharsis, with over 200 bloggers building testimonies of eve teasing online. Private has collectively become public , with people from all over the world testifying, speaking, debating, screaming, sharing their experience with the issue of street sexual harassment/ ‘ eve teasing’.
We are still in the process of going through all the blogs and replying to the deluge of emails. Many have written in saying that they would like to help.
We are open to ideas about how you think you can initiate Blank Noise in your city. Please write to us, with the subject titled ‘ IDEA’ our email address is
We are open to ideas both online and offline, practical and impossible.
We look forward to your mail.
Blank Noise is co ordinated in Delhi by Hemangini, in Mumbai by Chinmayee and in Bangalore by Jasmeen. The Delhi and Mumbai initiative is very new and we look forward to building a team of volunteers.
Having said that we would like to add that you could be in any city, town, country: our only participation criteria is your individual commitment.
Our current plan of action:
- To define the term ‘eve teasing’
- To question the meaning of modesty
1. “Did You Ask For it?"
The clothes campaign challenges the notion of modesty. When ‘eve-teased’ or sexually harassed in a public space, the first general reaction is that women ‘ask for it’; that she wore something provocative which led to the event. At Blank Noise we are collecting clothes that women wore when they were eve teased so that we can collectively defy the assumption that ‘ WOMEN ASK FOR IT”.
Deadline: In 3 months we want a minimum of 1000 clothes installed on our city streets.
-You could be a volunteer/ on a mission to collect clothes in your city. You could organize groups of people to collect clothes.
2. Performative interventions: individuals or groups who would like to intervene and be a work with us on the performance from their city.
3. Opinion Poll (India):
“What does eve teasing mean? Is there a definition? Is staring eve teasing?”
To answer that question we are conducting public opinion polls across different cities to achieve a public consensus on the definition of eve teasing. Through this we want to establish eve teasing as a sexual crime; and make it public.
4. Online work: ( technical)
www.blanknoiseproject.blogspot.com always welcomes technical support, writing, ideas on making the blank noise website, ideas on interactivity etc.
You could also get involved with our campaigns on the media front. Here we are looking for designers, people with a marketing background, artists etc to work with appropriate media, both alternative and mainstream. (We are looking at local, national and online campaigns.)
Get out now and get it started!