31 October, 2020

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Sexist Jokes: What Namal And Anarkali Fail To Grasp

By Kshama Ranawana

Kshama  Ranawana

Kshama Ranawana

In Canada, the University of Ottawa’s men’s hockey team and its coaches stand suspended, while an investigation into a sexual assault complaint is completed.  Just days before the alleged assault was made public, a female student of the university accused five male student leaders of the university of conducting sexually explicit conversations about her on Facebook.

Even as four of those men attempted to silence the female student by threatening legal action, press reports state that two of the men have stepped down from their leadership positions at the university.

Of late, there have been many media reports of sexually charged chants  glorifying underage sex at some Canadian universities during frosh week. University authorities have stepped in to curb this trend, suspending student leaders and even having them take sensitivity training.

 

 

Women have made many inroads in the fields of employment and education. Yet, even as the struggle to be accepted as equals continues, the biggest hurdle faced, is the sexual objectification of women.

Following the horrific rape and subsequent death of a young woman in Delhi in 2012, India tightened its laws against sexual predators, however, women and children are raped and otherwise sexually exploited almost daily. The story is the same in most other countries.

Perpetrators of the crimes come from all walks of life.  Some may argue that unless actual sexual violence takes place, no real damage has been committed.  That is definitely not the case. While sexual innuendos and perverse comments demean women they are also an indication of the crass mentality of those committing them.

The issue is compounded, and gains more legitimacy when those in leadership positions engage in such disgusting behavior.   Society will judge them.   Sexists comments and repulsive behavior have been the fall of many a politician or public official.

Last year, “The Australian” reported that Queensland MP, Peter Dowlings, who was involved in a sexting scandal and other wrongdoing, had apologized for his actions and also stepped down as the chair of the ethics committee until he was cleared of the allegations.  And then we have America’s ex Congressman, Anthony Weiner, who resigned his seat following reports that he had sent sexually inappropriate messages to several women. A later attempt to run for Mayor of New York City was defeated when more reports of his sexting emerged.

Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford was amongst those called into account recently, and forced to apologize over a sexually explicit and uncouth comment he made; one which did not even spare his wife.

These are just a few instances where public offices found to be involved in sexist and unbecoming behavior have had to bite the dust.

Namal Rajapaksa, who tweeted a crude and sexist meme involving his political colleague Anarkali Akarsha seems unrepentant as reported in the Colombo Telegraph. For her part, Anarkali too seems to be happy to be the subject of “sexist jokes.” That is her right.  Perhaps she values her political survival and cares not that she is the subject of disgusting and demeaning “humour.”

A good example of  sexist banter going wrong was reported in the Toronto Star of March 10.  The woman, who obviously, did not think much of participating in such banter, finally ended up the victim. A female City Parks worker in Toronto complained that a colleague had become aggressive and begun to unzip his pants following an inappropriate comment she made. She states such banter is accepted at her workplace. Following five months of investigation the complainant has been suspended for five days for the inappropriate comment and violating the City’s Human Rights and Anti-Harassment policy.

What Rajapaksa and Anarkali fail to grasp is that, in tweeting the meme their little “inside jokes” are now in the public realm. They either refuse to comprehend or have no care that such comments are crude and irreverent and cause irreparable damage to women.  If they aspire to be the future leaders of  Sri Lanka, they need to learn that women must be treated with dignity.

It may be “harmless fun,” yet often, what starts as fun turns into sexual violence against women.

So that is why in public life it is important to know when and where to draw the line. Sexist jokes are no laughing matter.

Related posts;

 

The Royal Tweet And Sexual Harassment

Three Days After Anarkalli Meme: No Apology, No Regrets And No Deletion From Namal

Namal Rajapaksa Tweets Meme Of Himself Making Offensive Remarks About Anarkali

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    “Boys are Boys” will be best available defence for some. Even if Anarkali realises the seriousness of it, she is not going to ruin her current position by making any adverse remark. The Prince can do no wrong. So, he is not going to say anything. When a regime can protect an accused killer of an MP, and the accused killer is taken away from the country, and the accused killer comes back, and the accused killer and the daughter of the killed are happy to work together in Sri Lanka, the Miracle of Asia, what do you expect? This is merely a tweet. pPease don’t sweat, just move on!

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      Sad to say – majority of Sinhalayas are modayas – i.e. UNEDUCATED and GULLIBLE and incapable of voting for decent leaders…
      the shameless starlet Anarkali who does not have any QUALIFICATIONS to be elected or represent the people deserves Namal Jarapassa.

      So too does Hirunika Premachandra who will end up marrying her fathers killer – Duminda SIlva – because Mahinda Jarapassa wishes it and is hiru baby’s uncle!

      These political babes deserve their political goons!

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        People:

        What the airhead Prince Namal Raja said was there was nothing to grasp.

        • 4
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          What he means is nothing like the african butt which he loves more than the japan/chino lalle.

          Mugabe Loves You Lankets.

  • 5
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    Ms Kshama Ranawana, please bear in mind “you may drag a donkey, particularly the Medamulana breed, to the water, but you may not be able to make it drink”.

  • 7
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    “What Rajapaksa and Anarkali fail to grasp is that, in tweeting the meme their little “inside jokes” are now in the public realm. They either refuse to comprehend or have no care that such comments are crude and irreverent and cause irreparable damage to women.” (Kshama Ranawana)

    Failed to grasp? Both of them do not belong to the class that uphold value systems. So grasping things is not an issue. Sri Lankan politicians have abandoned the policy of drawing lines since December 2001.

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      Kshama
      Thanks for writing this.

      The Orofessional
      What happenend in December 2001please?

      • 0
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        Some crossed the line in 2001 and the UNP won. Those crossed the line crossed it again and UPFA won. Those who crossed the line continue to be Ministers and the line has disappeared.

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      The Professional:
      Have you seen the light of decency at long last?

      “They either refuse to comprehend or have no care that such comments are crude and irreverent and cause irreparable damage to women.”
      Which of the above do you think is an accurate description of what is happening in SL today?

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    Does it really a matter when your so-called heroes aka Rapists (known for raping in international level as well, ex, in Haiti) raped lots of Tamil women in Tamil areas? I know, obviously, you do not want to talk about that. You are one of the Real hypocrites who like to become famous by writing some unwanted crap.

  • 3
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    The main issue is prince Namal is new to social media and simply dont know how to use it. further I would bet my 2 cents somebody helped him to edit the jpg to insert comments.

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    “For her part, Anarkali too seems to be happy to be the subject of “sexist jokes.” “”That is her right. “

    Tomorrow you may say it is right for Canada and Australia to have middle east women run in the nude protesting against the Imams. Because it is their right and the French created the precedence.

    You are the typically bored `political correctness` trying hard to emphasise what is mannerism and etiquette.

    But you forget we live in a world of spin from Bushes Shock and Awe to Obamas Spring to Coup.

  • 1
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    What is the solution for women to be treated as sex object?

    Look at the TV how they depict women. The TV depicts them as sexual objects. That’s the starting point. We are looking at symntoms and not the solutions.

  • 0
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    So will you Sri Lankans vote for a Nice piece of Arse? And arse lovers?

    Of course you will!

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      George

      ” So will you Sri Lankans vote for a Nice piece of Arse? And arse lovers?Of course you will!”

      No they won’t, they are not that stupid to vote for a piece of ar**.

      However two things may motivate them to vote for a candidate who promises them either 8 measures of free grain imported from moon or more racist policies against the minorities.

  • 0
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    So will Sri
    Lankans vote for .a Nice piece of Arse ? And arse lover? Of course you will, arse holes!

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      Luckily for SL 52% population are women so at least 1/2 will NOT vote for a nice arse! unfortunately male of the species will vote looking at ……….

  • 0
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    They are like vultures and vote for the dead.

  • 1
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    # Namal & Anarkali, One Shot & Kandy Teacher…who are they? Thuppahi Sadists amidts material cornucopia :(

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    # Namal & Anarkali, One Shot & Kandy Teacher…who are they? Thuppahi Sadists amidst material cornucopia :(

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