#HimToo – This Is My Mockery Of Your Son

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This is William and Phoenix turned my attention to this #HimToo business on the twitter so I got involved and I’d like to riff a bit on it with some Morning Wine Cellar news and comment.

Street Art Outside Durga Puja Marquee Supports Sex Workers’ Rights in Kolkata

At the entrace of the marquee in North Kolkata’s Ahiritola, the tastefully done graffiti and other installations convey the untold story of the sex workers.

Street Art Outside Durga Puja Marquee Supports Sex Workers' Rights in Kolkata
A graffiti dedicated to the rights of sex workers at a community puja pandal, in Kolkata, Monday, October 8, 2018. (Photo: PTI)
A 300 feet long street art dedicated to the rights of sex workers was unveiled on Monday outside a Durga Puja marquee here where the theme is dedicated to sex workers of Sonagachi, said to be Asia’s largest red light area.

At the entrace of the marquee in North Kolkata’s Ahiritola, the tastefully done graffiti and other installations convey the untold story of the sex workers.

The street art vividly represents the journey of a sex worker, beginning with three women peeping from behind a door to a distorted ‘kumkum line’ (vermillion) on a woman’s forehead to signify her tragic life.

PTI10_8_2018_000083BArtistes create graffiti dedicated to the rights of sex workers at a community puja pandal, in Kolkata on Monday (Photo: PTI)

“We are very happy that these people thought of us. Like Ma Durga, we are also women and part of society. Due to this initiative, we have been able to mix with everyone,” said Kajol Bose, a member of Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee that is an exclusive forum for sex workers.

Its members present on the occasion were visibly happy when the graffiti was unveiled, setting the mood for the 10-day festival. The women expressed their joy and gratitude by gracefully dancing to the beats of ‘dhaak’ (drums).

The puja committee has come up with a theme of ‘Utsarito Alo’ (Streaming Light) to showcase respect that sex workers deserve and to support their demand for working rights.

Committee Working President Uttam Saha said: “For ages, our orthodox society has neglected sex workers. As human beings, we fail to realise that they too are someone’s mothers or sisters. They do not deserve torture or hatred.

“They spend their lives in silence, and face humiliation and rejection. We are hence determined to support the journey of these sex workers with a pledge to ensure basic rights to them so that they can live with their heads held high,” a committee member said.

Trans student barred from shelter during Virginia school’s mass shooter drill

School administrators couldn’t decide whether the student should be sheltered with boys or girls, so left her outside

A transgender student was separated from her peers during a mass shooter drill at a Virginia middle school, as school administrators debated where to send her.

A “lockdown” drill at Stafford County Middle School, designed to teach the students how to respond in case of an attack, required students to seek shelter in the nearest bathroom or locker room.

However, the transgender student, whose identity has been withheld, was instead forced to sit in the gym while the other students sought shelter, while teachers “discussed where she should go,” Equality Stafford said in a Facebook post.

After debating where would be safest for the student to shelter — during a drill designed to mimic the response to an active shooter — teachers ultimately told her to sit in the locker room hallway, away from the other students.

“The student was forced to watch the adults charged with her care, debate the safest place (for the other students) to have her shelter,” Equality Stafford wrote. “During this debate, she was instructed to sit in the gym with a teacher until the drill was complete, away from her peers and identified as different. After some additional debate, she was made to sit in the locker room hall way [sic], by the door away from her peers.”

Equality Stafford slammed the school’s response, noting that they essentially treated the student as a danger to the other students.

“During an event that prepares children to survive an attack by actual assailants, she was treated as if she was so much of a danger to peers that she was left exposed and vulnerable,” they wrote.

Stafford County Middle School’s spokesperson Sherrie Johnson issued a statementfollowing outcry over the school’s actions.

“The new superintendent has requested a review of all protocols and procedures to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect,” said Johnson. “We take such matters very seriously and they will be addressed. The welfare of all students is of the utmost importance for SCPS.”

Equality Stafford is urging parents and students to attend the county’s school board meeting on Oct. 9 to “lend your voice to the growing cry.”

“This is unacceptable, this cannot happen to one more child,” they wrote. “Not one more in this county. Not ever again.”