W is for working women who face sexual harassment every day at work, in public transport or even while coming in their own transports. Lone woman is believed to be easy targets by the patriarchal society who feel that a woman must be accompanied by some man or the other – be it her father, brother or husband – but someone must be there with her always. Well gone are the times when a woman needed a chaperone – today she is doing most of the things on her own and is doing much better without the support from the men fold hence there is a growing discontent in the patriarchal society and thus to create unpleasant environs for the lady the society indulges in crude remarks, and resort to molestation.
Sexual harassment at work is not a new thing and it is definitely not a problem that will go away on its own. Men think that now that women are stepping out of their homes to work, aim for corporate ambitions, are wearing trousers or jeans to work, they (women) are also keen on taking part in the crude jokes men share at the water cooler during coffee breaks. But they tend to forget that the jokes are about women and no woman will tolerate that.
The kind of harassments that a working woman faces everyday in her life may include:
- Groping by a senior official or a male colleague
- Use of indecent language that pervades the privacy of woman
- Deliberate touching of self private parts while talking to woman
- Back slapping woman to appreciate her efforts and then letting the hand linger on for too long.
These are few of the harassments that a woman faces everyday and she does deal with them effectively in her own way but my question is WHY DO WE NEED TO SUFFER THIS AND BE WORRIED ABOUT ONE ADDITIONAL TENSION WHEN THE WORK ENVIRONMENT IS ALREADY SO STRESSED?
WHAT DO THESE MEN GAIN BY HARASSING THEIR CO-WORKERS AND WHY CAN’T A MAN LOOK AT WOMAN AS AN INDIVIDUAL RATHER THAN AN OBJECT OF PLEASURE?