Actor Kalki Koechlin pens down her opinions on women empowerment in her year-end essay.
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I am #FreeToLove. Our generation is the most empowered and restricted at once. As newer ways of connection open us up to newer experiences, we are still bogged down by outworn norms like getting married within the same caste, or religion, or community. Getting close to someone we love is a universal instinct, but not yet a universal right...With #377 behind us, we can look forward to acceptance and diversity ahead of us. I stand with Closeup to champion closeness of all kinds – building a future inclusive of relationships without barriers.
She wrote, “We need to teach our children the meaning and importance of consent; that a ‘no’ is a no and a ‘no’ need not be always followed with an explanation. If you want to say ‘no’ it is not mandatory to explain or justify your decision. ‘No’ is not a conversation starter but a full statement in itself. We have this culture of wearing down a person... where a guy keeps at it even when the woman has said no, hoping that she will eventually get tired of resisting and will give in. So, you try and try again until the ‘no’ becomes a ‘yes’. We need to address this. ‘No’ is a rather simple word. We need to tell our girls to say no when they mean it and our boys to understand that a ‘no’ means just that and nothing else.”
“But, it is equally important to teach our girls to say yes when she so feels. We have to stop making sex holy or dirty. Virginity is not some treasure that a girl needs to protect and then give it as a gift to her husband. When you label something as dirty, you make it more enticing. When you label something as holy, you make it a power thing,” she quipped.