17 May, 2021

We Should Keep The #MeToo Story Going: Sandhya Menon

Outlook speaks with journalist and writer Sandhya Menon—who called out prominent journalists for sexual harassment in the wake of the #MeToo wave.

We Should Keep The #MeToo Story Going: Sandhya Menon
outlookindia.com
2018-10-12T14:20:48+05:30

Siddhartha Mishra speaks with journalist and writer Sandhya Menon—who called out prominent journalists for sexual harassment in the wake of the #MeToo wave—about the possibilities and complexities arising out of this ­still unfolding movement

Is ‘boorish behaviour’ also part of #MeToo in terms of just warning people that ‘this guy is not cool’?

I haven’t used the MeToo hashtag for any of my tweets bec­ause of this. If there’s one name for everything, it dilutes the situation. I’m focusing on what constitutes harassment, specifically workplace harassment. POSH (Prevention of Sexual Harassment) clearly shows this. There’s a lot of bandying about on Twitter where people are asking, ‘is this harassment if he backed off’, and such. Yes it is. If you place a hand on my thigh, you’re harassing me, unless we’re in the hugging, holding hands kind of friendship where we ­understand each other.

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