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Deepika posts strong statement over 'sexist' media coverage

Deepika posts strong statement over 'sexist' media coverage

India Blooms News Service | 20 Sep 2014, 12:29 am
Mumbai, Sept 19 (IBNS): Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who recently criticised a leading daily for apparently publishing a rather demeaning piece of news about her dressing, has posted a strongly-worded statement on her official Facebook page to protest against the 'sexist' coverage of women stars in media.
In her piece, titled "My Point of View...", Deepika wrote: "There is only ONE sign that a woman wants to have sex and that is that she says “YES”. The reason I write the above line is because we all know that in India we are so desperately trying to make a change in the way sections of our society think in order to move towards a happier world devoid of inequality,rape,fear and pain."
The leading actress said she is not naive about her profession but audience needs to understand the difference between playing a "role" and "real".
"I am not naive about my own profession; it is one that requires lots of demanding things of me. A character may demand that I be clothed from head to toe or be completely naked, and it will be my choice as an actor whether or not I take either. Understand that this is a ROLE and not REAL, and it is my job to portray whatever character I choose to play convincingly," Deepika wrote.
According to the actress, media is still using " regressive tactics" to draw readers' attention.
"What my concern is and I am stating it clearly so it is not misconstrued or confused with Shahrukh’s 8-pack or any other woman’s or man’s anatomy. I have spoken out against an ideology that such regressive tactics are still being employed to draw a reader’s attention at a time when we are striving for women’s equality and empowerment."
"In a time where women should be applauded for making headway in a male-dominated society,we blur the lines between REEL and REAL life and dilute all our efforts by making a one-year old back sliding piece of news a headline. Digging out an old article and headlining it “OMG: Deepika’s Cleavage Show!” to attract readers is using the power of influence to proliferate recessive thought," she added.
Criticising sexist coverage in newspaper, she wrote: "When an actresses inner wear decides to do a "peek-a-boo",she most definitely did not step out with the intention to do so.So instead of zooming in,circling it and pointing arrows at it,why don't we give her some 'respect' and let it go instead of making it 'headlines'!? Are we not human?Yes we marvel,envy and drool over a male actors 8pack abs in a film,but do we zoom in on the mans 'crotch' when he makes a public appearance and make that 'cheap headlines'??!!"
The actress wrote that she demands respect as a woman off-screen.
"I have no issue celebrating my body and I have never shied away from anything on-screen to portray a character. In fact my next character portrayed is a bar dancer (sorry Farah for the spoiler!) who titillates men as a means to support her livelihood. My issue is you propagating the objectification of a REAL person,and not a character being played. Sure,dissect my characters if you wish-if it is of so much interest then discuss the character’s cup size and leg length if it is relevant to making the role convincing. All I am asking for is respect as a woman off-screen," she stated.
Slamming the media houses for "out-of-context the reportage" to "sell headlines", she wrote: "It is not about breasts,penises,or any other body part being reported.It is a matter of context and how out-of-context the reportage is just to sell a headline. And more so during a time in dire need of an attitude shift towards women."
"For me this topic ends here.Everyone is entitled to an opinion.I have little interest to take this further as it might get more attention than it deserves and might be further misconstrued and twisted to sell more undeserved headlines," she stated further.
Concluding her piece, she wrote: "Having said that,please may we show love,dignity and respect to each other. Live well, laugh often and love much."

Deepika posts strong statement over 'sexist' media coverage

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