#MeToo: This one tip can save you a whole lot of embarrassment

The #MeToo movement is well and truly here in India. Sexual harassment, that would otherwise be dismissed as the ‘dark underbelly’ of any industry, has now become mainstream and is now a part of the Indian consciousness like never before.

Photo Credit: Prentsa Aldundia (https://www.flickr.com/photos/gipuzkoa/39238800080)

Now, this has obviously brought a lot of confusion, and dare I say, fear amongst my fellow men, who are apparently clueless about what constitutes sexual harassment. Some of them have taken things a tad too personally posting things like #NotAllMen, and so on. Of course, some inflated egos and misogyny also surface, but the general feeling is that men are clueless about how they need to behave around women.

I have the answer. I think I have single-handedly rescued the badgered Indian man from causing an unconscious “oops” moment. This is so fool-proof that even the most dim-witted could understand.

So, when you’re faced with a situation where you don’t know how to behave around a woman in any setting, you just need to ask yourself this single, all-important question:

What would Rahul Dravid do?

Rahul Dravid, we all know, is a true gentleman – on and off the field. He has managed to stay in the headlines for always doing the right thing, and I refuse to believe that this is all a façade. As one of the most successful cricketers, he could have done a lot of things and gotten away with it, but not Dravid. The man is a true role model, and there can be no doubt that the #NotAllMen group can learn a thing or two from him.

Yes, this is the one question you need to ask yourself any time you’re in close proximity to a member of the opposite gender or in a position of power.

A very old footage from MTV Bakra has been doing rounds. Here, Dravid is forced to participate in a fake interview and the interviewer professes her love and almost throws herself at him. Our man Dravid, get livid and tells the girl to focus on her studies! Of course, there are people who say he “escaped”, I firmly believe that even if the cameras weren’t around to capture it, he would have behaved the exact same way.

MTV Bakra on Rahul Dravid from Trevellyn Fynn on Vimeo.

Of course, if you’re an intelligent, secure, and decent man, you wouldn’t need to do this exercise, but for the rest, this will surely be a lifesaver.
You can thank me later.

Pradeep Ananth

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