Published: 12th March 2018
Kill trolls with laughter, BJP TN Prez Tamilisai Soundararajan tells young women
She also spoke of the rampant prejudice and social conditioning that lead to such mindsets against women and asked them to ditch the hate and laugh it off
Move away kindness, it's time to kill'em with laughter. BJP state president Tamilisai Soundararajan on Sunday encouraged women to kill trolls with laughter at a panel discussion on the role of women in social reform at the Girl Power Summit near the city on Sunday.
Being one of most trolled politicians on social media from the State, she told women at the summit to stop feeding "meme artists with hate". She, however, acknowledged that it was her 'personal appearance' and 'curly hair' that often featured in memes and not her actions as a politician. Deeming them as misogynistic, she said the mentality prevalent in the State was deplorable.
"Not every woman can be fair. I don't mind the Vadivelu memes. It is ironic that we are neighbours," she said to a thunderous applause at an event organised by the Entrepreneurs Council of India. International Law and Strategic Analysis Institute president Geetha Madhavan and State Congress Whip Vijayadharani, who were also on the panel, pointed out how women are still judged by their appearance and not by their actions.
"This patriarchy is sown in the minds of children right from birth," said Geetha, an advocate in the city. "Even when women make it to the top, it is debated whether it is because of their looks," she added, explaining how deep the idea is embedded in the society.
However, she also blamed women for trying to change to fit into "societal standards". "Success should give you beauty, not the other way round," she said. Education is needed to fight harassment, she added.
The discussion moderated by filmmaker Shylaja Chetlur, also called to uplift women in villages and to provide access to legal recourse for the harassment they face.
Emphasising the need for education to empower women in villages the panel also argued for more reservations to provide opportunities to women. TV host Apsara Reddy threw light on female infanticide, which was still as prevalent as 70 years ago. Awards were also presented to women from various fields who have empowered and created a social change.