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Every job has its hazards and as such being a woman comes with its hazards. The most common hazards we as woman face is unsolicited images, messages, organ flashes, the catcalling, etc. the list just goes on. So how do you deal with these situations?

Every job has its hazards and as such being a woman comes with its hazards. The most common hazards we as woman face is unsolicited images, messages, organ flashes, the catcalling, etc. the list just goes on. So how do you deal with these situations?

If these things are happening online, then, you can block them, report them or even publicly shame them online. What about if this happens when you’re in public transportation; you create noise or raise your voice and that is enough for the gentleman flashing his genitals and grazing the women standing next to him to get frightened and either move away or just stop mid-action.

But what do you do when you’re walking on the road and a teenage boy feels the need to display himself and decides that you a stranger, a woman, should have the displeasure of having to see him display himself. What do you do? There is no time to make a scene because all of this happens in a matter of seconds. So how do you react?

I don’t know, I honestly don’t know and I am sorry that we have to go through these experiences. Because nothing prepares us for these encounters.

I don’t know, I honestly don’t know and I am sorry that we have to go through these experiences. Because nothing prepares us for these encounters. School doesn’t, teachers don’t, our parents don’t, no one does.

If someone had to tell me that this is something that could happen; then I don’t think I would have been so traumatized the first time it happened to me. That first experience was many years ago and even today on the off chance that it happens again, I go through all the same emotions I did the first time it happened.

So, who should we blame for these kinds of behaviour that is directed towards us? The parents who forgot to educate their sons on what is decent and what is not or society who promotes patriarchy by saying boys will be boys?

Mischelle Tressa Denniz

Mischelle Tressa Denniz was born in 1989 on the 6th of December to Bernardine Avril Denniz and R.M Denniz. She completed her schooling and graduation in Commerce in Bahrain and has worked in Bahrain, India and the UAE.

As she always had a passion for working in Media, in the latter part of her twenties she decided to leave her job and is currently pursuing her PG Diploma in Public Relations and Advertising at the Kerala Media Academy.
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