Remember when the hashtag #GirlsWhoDrinkBeer created a buzz on social media earlier? In another such turn of events, Thai Women not happy with the fact that they were asked to dress appropriately as Thai government official’s statement stirred many strong reactions on social media with
This archaic approach to dealing with sexual harassment naturally didn’t sit well with the locals – particularly local model, actress and TV personality Cindy Sirinya Bishop who created a hashtag in response.Initiating a campaign on social media with the hashtag #DontTellMeHowToDress, Bangkok-based celebrity Cindy Bishop drew much attention online. She tweeted, “The way I dress doesn’t mean YES. Reminding everyone to respect each other this Songkran #donttellmehowtodress #tellmentorespect”.
Crowded water-gun battles that leave revellers soaked are a distinctive feature of the Songkran celebrations from Friday through Sunday, prompting the official to warn women against wearing revealing outfits. At least one survey indicates harassment is pervasive during the festival.
Local Administration director-general, Sutthipong Chulcharoen said that authorities would encourage women to dress appropriately during April’s Songkran festival, to avoid being the victims of sex crimes, as the traditional celebration usually features water-gun battles which can leave revellers soaking wet.
The three-day event, which starts on April 13, is marked by pouring water which is said to be symbolic of washing the past misfortunes. It isn’t rare for authorities to blame and shame the victim for the heinous sexual crimes that happen around the world.
Here are some of the reactions in response for the Thai Women:
This advice is meant to PROTECT and not hold back women! Be WISE and see the other sides point of view!! Pause looking at yourself in the mirror and turn on your light bulb!
— The Observer 📚☕✈ (@Mindboggler123) April 13, 2018
Women shouldn't be dictated to by these authorities I support womens rights
— max Callaway (@maxCallaway4) April 13, 2018
I should be able to walk through any high crime area in the world with a bag of money over my shoulder without a problem but it may attract the wrong people. It's still wrong to take my money but I wouldn't temp fate, there are alot of slimey people out there.
— Escotinos (@escotinos) April 13, 2018
The #DontTellMeHowToDress protest in Thailand🇹🇭following official telling women to dress differently to avoid sexual harassment is reminiscent of protests against rape survivor blaming instead of pinpointing toxic violent masculinity. Men need to take responsibility!#HeForShe
— Fiach🇵🇰🇬🇧 (@fiach) April 13, 2018
— Bill Bruno (@Jefferson_Locke) April 13, 2018
From my point, Our society is quite conservative, and for someone to come out and point the finger at someone who’s assaulted women is vast, I don’t know if we’re ready for it yet.