The Chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW), Mamta Sharma says ‘sexy’ means beautiful and charming, and only when we take it in the ‘wrong sense’ does it become offensive. To read more and watch the video: Click here. (Thanks for the link Gounder Brownie!)
This is what she said, her exact words in Hindi,
“koi ladki jaa rahi hoti hai, chaar ladke comment kar dete hain, “Badi sexy hai”, sexy ka matalab wo naheen hai, sexy ka matlab hai beautiful hai, khoobsoorat hai, khubsoorat ke alawa charming hai, charming ke alawa… a a a badi excited, badi khoobsoorat lag rahi hai. Hum uske galat arth jab lene lagte hain, tab hee samasyane paida ho jatee hain… “
Roughly translates to,
” If a girl is going somewhere and four boys pass a comment and say, “She’s very sexy”, sexy doesn’t mean that, sexy means beautiful, she’s charming, beautiful and charming …also very excited, looking very beautiful, when we start taking it in the wrong/negative sense, only then there are problems.”
What do you think?
Do you think ‘sexy’ is inoffensive?
Would you find it as good or as bad if you were going somewhere and ‘four boys’ passed a comment and called you ‘sexy’ as when they called you ‘charming’ or ‘beautiful’? Would your reaction be different if somebody else (a partner, friend, someone known to you) said the same thing?
“Focus on a particular word is misplaced. Any word that is unsolicited or unwanted, which is about, on or to a woman, is an offence. That is the real issue, not just the word,” said CPI(M) leader and prominent women’s rights activist Brinda Karat. [link]
Mamta Sharma says,
“I would like to clarify that the younger generation is literate and have certain different approach and have come to terms with words like sexy which is not held to be a derogatory remark. But that doesn’t mean anyone can use it,” she said. [link]
Edited to add this video where she is trying to clarify,