Does the blind admiration of supposed heroes contribute to the systematic problem ousted through #MeToo? Does the society become complicit in the trauma of survivors by condoning an abuse of power? Read on to know.

The second wave of the #MeToo movement in India, brought forth by the actress, Tanushree Dutta has gained momentum in encouraging survivors to oust powerful and famous predators. Comedy collectives, Model United Nations circuits, media houses, Bollywood, advertising agencies, and numerous other domains of the ‘sophisticated’ working class India have been put to contest of their unsafe, insensitive, and hypocritical attitudes towards sexual violations and misconduct. The inconspicuous nature
of the entitlement in the behaviours of renowned personalities has been brought to the spotlight in a way unlike ever before, as pointed out by Nikhil Taneja, the co-founder of Yuvaa, “I think
the biggest and most important thing #MeToo has done is to shift the shame from the survivor to the perpetrator. Earlier our news would say how one
more girl was assaulted. For the first time, it’s about how one more man has done something shameful. The onus is on men now.”
However, the perspective of the entire
situation becomes precarious when one finds the name of a person they believed to be ‘ideal’ or ‘perfect’ in the list of sexual predators. It creates a primordial sense of disbelief when the hypocrisy of one’s hero is thrown into the open, and their admirers often attempt to justify the events to themselves. There is nothing wrong with having a humane reaction of disbelief for people who built a façade of idealism and trust, and capitalised on it to acquire benefits for their social capital or business brand. But after the initial processing of the account
of the survivor(s), the responsibility to objectively acknowledge their trauma without siding blindly with the supposed hero also rests with the society. When Tanmay Bhatt, the co-founder and CEO of the comedy collective All India Bakchod (AIB), was removed from his administrative post from the organisation, the comments on the organisation’s statement regarding the same were full of hate-speech for the victims, and criticised the approach of AIB in holding Bhatt accountable for his silence despite the knowledge of Utsav Chakraborty’s actions.
Standing by your heroes when they
violate and traumatise another individual is a systematic way for the perpetrators to abuse their power, and acquire more of it. In fact, the reason
why the #MeToo movement has become significant for those who want to maintain anonymity because they fear stigma, the mental harassment, or the ruin of their professional careers, is due to the fact that their violators are at powerful pedestals and people either choose not to believe their accounts or they refuse to acknowledge it. It is this blind admiration, backed by, indifference which has caused the survivors to endure for several decades. The example of Alok Nath is fitting here.
If supposed heroes are not held accountable for their actions, then the
world will become prone to malice and destruction through illusions. In fact,
the presence of assualters from with
the community of artists, activists, and other peoplewho are involved in relatively philanthropic endeavours
informs the society of the danger that is hero-worship. It also breaks the stereotype which suggests that perpetrators are monsters who listen
to sexist Bollywood songs and reveled
a possibility of a hippie slam poet being
a sexual harasser.
Hero-worship contributes to a culture
of misogyny, abuse of power, and trauma and it’s about time we we start holding the artist accountable for actions, no matter how breathtaking their art is.

Feature Image Credits: DNA India

Anushree Joshi
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Gear up for fall, the season may bring its blues, but don’t let it affect your fashion hues!

Rustling leaves, and crimson and golden streets filled with scrumptious leaves, autumn can mean many different things to many different people. It can mean shedding the past and moving forward for some, or can act as a horrid reminder that the winters are approaching. While everyone has their own interpretations for fall, let’s focus on how this season is a boon for your fashionable spirit.


  • Make denims your best friend

Denims, by far are the most versatile clothing in your closet. Be it the denim jeans/skirts or denim jackets, there is simply so much you can do with them. Focus on being big on denim. Denim jackets are the most accommodating top-wear you can have. The best part is that they are so easily available, from flea markets to luxury brands, they can be found in different cuts and colours everywhere. They come in blue, purple, pink, and classic denim, among many other colours, and look great paired with leggings and a midi-dress.

Auburn tip: Go for a denim on denim look, without feeling lost or insecure. Faded colours in oversized denim jackets along with a maxi denim skirt or flared jeans is a good outfit option.


  • Cliché’ with Cardigans

Cardigans are probably the most comfortable and every man clothing you will find. When it comes to styling outfits, a cardigan can prove to be your best friend. Stick to more greys and olives, as they are the perfect neutral colour to add to the hues of the season. Pair it up with your denims for a casual look, or chic it up by pairing them with a sundress. The best part about fall is that you can mix and match summer and winter looks to create a whole new outift. 

Auburn tip: stick to more oversized cardigans to give a raw but appealing look to your outfits.


  • Stripe it all out

Invest in your fall wardrobe by emphasizing on stripes. A striped sweatshirt is the perfect blend of comfy and stylish. However, be aware of which stripe pattern you choose. If you have a curvy figure, accentuate it with horizontal stripes, if you are petite, stick to vertical stripes, to elongate the figure.

 Auburn tip: pair an oversized striped hoodie with black leggings, for a comfy ootd (outfit of the day).


  • Boot-ilicious

It goes without saying the most basic essential for your fall and winter closet is a nice pair of boots. Selecting the right boot may be a tough task considering what you are going for. Ankle or thigh high boots, tan crème’ or suede black shades, are all good options to be paired with most outfits. Uggs are another option for a stylish boot hybrid, that keep you warm while making you look good at the same time. They go with every outfit, so it is a good investment for sure.

Auburn tip: Go for patterned stockings like polka dots rather than a staple fishnet to add more thrill to your boot-outfit.


  • Burgundy is a must have in your closet

Burgundy and all the crimson-wine shades are a must-have in your closet. Autumn and burgundy sync together perfectly. Be it burgundy knit sweaters or a beret cap, a lovely scarf or a pretty tote bag, it complements the fall season perfectly.

Auburn tip: stick to darker makeup. Keeping burgundy and darker shades in your makeup palette is an ideal choice. Remember, autumn and winter are more inclined to strong colour palettes, unlike their summer contemporaries.


  • Who said Bandanas are only for the summers?

Bandanas go perfectly with summer outfits but who says you cannot experiment with them in fall? You can use your bandana in many more ways, apart from the headband look. A neck scarf, or a wrist scarf, it is the definition of gracefulness. You can even style your bandana by tying it on your handbags.


Auburn tip: Tie a bandana around your neck, as a scarf,  for a new twist on the classic headgear.


  • Load up on accessories

It is the small details which make for a well-coordinated outfit. Load up on accessories like beautiful scarves and stoles, beret caps, etc for a more Parisian vibe. Belts and chokers are accessories best paired with an edgy denim jacket.

Auburn tip: Autumn is also a good time to experiment with your hair. Darker shades of brown or blonde look good as they compliment most outfits. 


So welcome this fall season with the perfect wardrobe and don’t let the seasons blues get to you.



Feature Image credits: Sazan Barzani

Avnika Chhikara

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