BNP NEEDS YOU!
For some months now the Blank Noise Project team (that's all you guys!) has
been working on the clothes campaign. We are looking to collect a minimum of
1,000 clothes that women were wearing when they were sexually harassed and
string these together in an installation at a public site and will
eventually travel across many cities. The variety of the clothes we're
getting (salwar kameezes to tank tops) defies the notion that by wearing a
particular kind of clothing, a woman "asks for it". Street sexual harassment
is a universal phenomenon. Whenever an incident of 'eve teasing' or street
sexual harassment takes place, the first thing most women themselves and the
listeners to the incident ask is ' what was she wearing?' , did she 'provoke
Blank Noise also believes that women do have a right to feel good about
themselves, and wear what they please, without being sexually violated,
because 'you' think she's 'available'. We question, defy, and attempt to put
an end to the argument that women 'ask for it'. To establish 'asking for it'
as a mere excuse for sexual harassment, we are asking all women to send in
one garment that they wore when they were 'eve teased'.
Each contributed garment comes from someone's incident as a testimony, or a
witness and forms part of a larger collective.
You could chose to send text, describing yourself, or the incident along
with the garment.
Other than clothes being collected in the Blank Noise cities, Mumbai, Delhi,
Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad we have people from other cities
volunteering to spread the word, collect garments and have them delivered to
us. To volunteer as your city clothes collector, email us.
Amongst the clothes collection we have Asiya's salwar kameez from
Baramulla, Kashmir ( Naveed Saraf is collecting garments) . We also have and Suren, a
design student who brought back 24 (yes, 24!!) clothes from Chennai! We also
have Rani Kamal collecting clothes in the Andamans , Jimmy in Jaipur, Runa B
in Pune and Christina in Singapore! Which goes to show that the count is
finally increasing the way it should - each of you is acting as an agent!
The clothing count is up on the blog and we're really stepping up efforts to
get in as many clothes as possible. A formal public campaign asking for
clothes will be in place soon, but till then each of you needs to just bring
in as much as you can... even just four clothes for us to hit that magic
number of 1000!
So, yes, Blank Noise Project needs you!
The Blank Noise Team
To directly send us the clothes, email us and we will give you the postal add.
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wow. this is really really strong idea. I would love to keep track of it as it developes, and to learn where you travel when it gets done.
I would also love to contribute.
If you ever need more.
I, sadly, can always help you meet your quota.
will you send them across?
wherere are you based?
haha! my shirt's famous!
More clothes before the deadline... :)
This is a fantastic blog.
Being from delhi, ive experienced this on numerous occassions. sorry no idesa about the clothes since it was some years ago :)
Im definately going to frequent this one.
Was surfing Worldspace and heard you speak.
I am a man and am going to forward this onto every woman I know. I have no idea who you are, but you make me proud.
You think it will be possible to try a few sting operations?
Get into a bus famous for trouble in a spread out group of ten - with enough muscle - verbal and vocal - and actually catch a few? Of course one wrong catch and it can backfire.
Just my thought..
dats great idea !!!
i would like to contribute frm my side also....;-);-)
Good idea !! Wish you all the best.Women must come forward in large numbers to get rid of this social menance.God bless your cause.
thats great sweety misra
you can either send us your clothes or be the one to collect clothes from your city and send them to us. either way, let us know
I was in my SCHOOL UNIFORM the first tim e I was subjected to comments and whistles on the street. Wish I had one to send you, but I don't. Will follow your project closely from now on. Please let me know if you need any help with writing or communication.
Hi, I just surfed in here and got to say organizations like this are really needed. I don't know if its been said before, but I really think that this awareness should be propagated towards men, and I think it would be beneficial if these "cheapras" saw other men in support of your organization. They would realize that this isn't just a man vs. woman thing, rather its the right thing.
Its reallly bad in places like Delhi, which I have visited before. I'm born and raised in the U.S., so gender equality is more here, although of course incidents still happen.
What these guys need is a good a55 kicking one time and then I bet they won't do it again. The problem I have seen while I visited India, is that people are so complacent of this sort of thing. Perhaps it has been going on for a long time, and people don't think its a big deal. But the fact that it has been going on for a long time doesn't mean its right.
BTW, the banner says "no looking... staring..." I don't see anything wrong with a guy looking at an attractive (or not so attractive for that matter) girl as long as he doesn't start drooling over her or its to the point where the woman feels uncomfortable. Some men just aren't "cool" about it or are WAY to obvious. But looking
in itself is sometimes just human nature.
Anyways, I hope you all the best, and would have joined your group (if men are allowed that is), but I live in America (Texas) so guess its not possible. But seriously I think y'all should consider getting men on board if you don't already...
I'm depressed. I didn't get whistled at once last time I wore out my mini skirt and bikini top. I would hate it and it would be sexual harrassment and whoever did it should have their eyes put out but so I'm depressed that I got nothing. NOTHING!! :(((
I hope you know that your section on eve teasers is a violation ofa number of laws. Please get your arguments straight for the extreme vigilante attitudes you girls have developed.
Also, by saying things like 'NO LOOKING' you come across as fake. And to top it off, you're organising night outs for girls so you can take more photographs of people who might be curious and are looking. That's your tactic. To walk around to catch people looking at you. That's really sad.
Jasmeen, if someone was to stop YOU on the street and took your photograph to put on the internets, would you not feel violated? Why is it ok for YOU to do it?
Good samaritan killed for protecting a girl from sexual harassment.
Great idea! Keep it up girls (and guys!).
I'll be back in Blore in september. If you need any support/help, let me know...
PS forgot to mention that I'm a foreigner. But does it really matter? I might not be subject to "traditional" eve teasing but as a white girl, I'm automatically considered as an easy girl. Eve teasers, behave!
right now all that we are working on is the clothes campaign. would be great if you could send us clothes or volunteer to collect clothes for us!
Does that suit you?
As for you being a foreigner, it really does not matter. Caste, country, community, sex, nothing no bar. :)
1000 clothes in 40 days and it started in june. I'll arrive too late in India...
I'll contact u as soon as I reach Bangalore for further actions/compaigns.
hey i m urmi from mumbai...i would like to become the collector for my city if u dont already have one for mumbai... n if there is someone,can i get the contact details of that person???...i thik this is a great idea n i m definately going to talk to people about it...
Do start collecting the clothes and when you have reached 10 or more, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org right away
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