Thiruvananthapuram: In the wake of the toxic response to actor Paravathy's unflattering comments on Mammootty-starrer ‘Kasaba’, the Women in Cinema Collective (WCC) has come out with a Facebook post essentially stating that Kerala society had bared its misogyny whenever it had attempted to point out violations. The FB post also marks the 300th day of WCC's existence.
“We cannot lay claim to any enviable success that other human rights organisations that have come up in the state since 2000 have failed to achieve,” the post states. “But whenever WCC has pointed out basic violation of rights, this state that has always taken pride in being the most progressive has shown again and again how deeply entrenched male hegemony is,” it adds.
The post underscores that it is not against the male community. “What we have been, both individually and groups, trying to say is this: ‘We are not fighting against males or any particular individuals. Our fight is against the structures that sustain male supremacy, against a culture that is unwilling to treat women as equals.’ It was this that Reema and Sajitha and Deedi, and now Parvathy, were trying to say.”
The post makes it clear that it will not be cowed down by shrill responses to the questions it raises. “Even while there is a widespread misconception that WCC is nothing but a hollow fight unleashed by a set of females in cinema, we feel that the society has to be told about the existence of certain troubling truths,” it says.