Do I fear as a man?

The internet is replete with stories of the fears being associated with “Being a woman” in a patriarchal society. And as the society is considered patriarchal, should it be assumed that a man need not fear?

As a man, do I need to fear?

Before we answer this question, let us look at this case below,

In latest case, man is forced to push two-wheeler for 2 km after looters fled with his bike keys after robbing him;

Often men are looted, mugged, robbed on brazen roads and in the process also get injured or killed and many such men have lost their lives but there has never been a hue and cry in the society and media about the same. No questions have ever been raised about the safety of men or no steps taken to make the streets safer for men.

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Conservative mindset turning out to be socially counter-productive

Few days back I didn’t know about Uber cabs, but now I know it as the cab service banned for one alleged case of rape and I am still to believe my ears that for one unproved offense an entire organization can get banned. However, strange as truth is, this is actually happening.

So, let’s have a closer look at the Uber cabs case. Story goes that a heavily drunk and skimpily clad woman hires a cab and sensing opportunity, the cab driver allegedly rapes her as she was so drunk that she did not realize he was taking her to a deserted area where he raped her. And following day, there is a complaint, followed by a huge hue and cry in the media and the brouhaha resulted in the entire company getting banned from its operations all over India.

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Individual Contentment is a Man’s First Priority – International Men’s Day Theme 2014

International Men’s Day which falls on November 19 is celebrated for being a man. It marks the positive male role models, highlights the contributions that men make towards the society, honor their sacrifices and raise the issues that they face in a society that generally puts men to more test than women.

Men are required to prove their manhood at every step in their lives. As a result, the society is generally very harsh on them. Unlike women, men do not gain their manhood biologically, they need to earn it sociologically; this process makes men extremely competitive in nature and also view other men as rivals, enemies, and competitors who are obstacles in their path towards attaining manhood.

The other flip side of this fallacy is the fact that men who cannot attain their social manhood find it very hard to survive in this society because for the society, men are like disposable entities and a man spent off with his utility with a failed sense of manhood is useless and can be discarded easily.

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Men’s Rights Movement trends on Twitter

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Is dowry law abuse the only issue men face?

Come July 2nd 2014 and the nation went berserk on a landmark judgment passed by the Supreme Court of India directing the police not to arrest without following due procedures in dowry cases and there were reactions coming in from all sides – positive and negative.

Some over-enthusiastic people even went to the extent of thinking that dowry law has now been diluted and men can breathe easy as its misuse would be curbed now.

And thus it made me think – “Is dowry law abuse the only issue men face?

Also, how does one judgment ensure that men won’t be arrested in other false charges? In a society, where we have a plethora of anti-male laws, such a hope is far-fetched and wrought with imagination.

In the last one week, I came across 2 such instances wherein men have been arrested under Section 107/151 on a complaint of creating public nuisance without trial or investigation.

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Consolidated Media Coverage of Father’s Day Delhi

Zeenews – Father`s Day: Activists seek gender neutral family laws

News One India – Father`s Day: Activists seek gender neutral family laws

Yahoo News – Father`s Day: Activists seek gender neutral family laws

India Got News Wire – Father`s Day: Activists seek gender neutral family laws

Sun News Online – Father`s Day: Activists seek gender neutral family laws

News Now – Father`s Day: Activists seek gender neutral family laws

Daily India Mail – Father`s Day: Activists seek gender neutral family laws

Chennai Online – Father`s Day: Activists seek gender neutral family laws

Top News Today – Father`s Day: Activists seek gender neutral family laws

Greater Jammu – Father`s Day: Activists seek gender neutral family laws

24 Dunia – Father`s Day: Activists seek gender neutral family laws

Paid Media Menace – UP and Rapes

Ever since the Samajwadi Party declared its election manifesto promising to work on reducing false cases in dowry and rape laws if voted to power, I was waiting to see what price does the SP Supremo, MSY must pay for his dare to speak truth.

My wait ended sooner than expected as one fine day I was having breakfast and was reading “The Hindu” which had front page news of “2 minors found hanging” and as I read into the contents, it said, the bodies were “indicative of rape”. Till date I am wrestling with the grey matter in my brains as to what would mean “indicative of rape”. Either rape has happened or it has not happened. Either, there has been a forceful penetration or there’s none. And this can only be established through autopsy and medical report.

Now, since the autopsy is not yet done and the medical report is not available, I was wondering how come media people came to the conclusion that it was indicative of rape? The rape news spread faster and before one could realize there was a storm on the political front and the social media blaming UP’s law and order situation.

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