Monday, March 16, 2009

Top Clicks

I've put up a Top Clicks section on the right-side column of the blog, just below Nino's b'day ticker. So often through the day, I stumble across a story/an incident that just grabs my attention and my soul, and I can't get it out of my system, purely because I believe it needs to be heard more.

I work with a magazine, that like all of them out there, has its own agenda and a soul that is more market-driven than cause-oriented. I can't put these stories there, and so I put them here, hoping you will read it, hoping the word gets spread.

And even though we may not always be in a position to effect a change, I believe no story, no life must go unheard. These are my recommendations. I don't know how often I'll change it, I was looking at once a week, but some stories need to stay on longer.

Like this one about lesbian women in South Africa being subjected to 'corrective rape' by men who believe that freedom of choice is basically a lack of experience in the 'straight fine thing'. The video (linked in the third para of the Top Clicks) section is heartwreching - you've a young man saying that while he wouldn't commit 'such a rape', he's very happy someone else is doing it, because the women need to be taught a lesson. The story itself, as reported in the Guardian, is so heart-breaking, it left me feeling with what I've come to term as 'arm chair vulnerability'. Its so shocking it gives me jitters just thinking of it, forget putting myself in those women's battered and bloodied shoes. Please do read. And remember.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Nino's mum,

So good of you to put this up! We are forever wanting the media, newspapers, channels to write more on people whose voices need to be heard, those who are invisible right now... And it is heartening to see that you have put this up on your post. Bravo!

cheers, Anjali

nitya said...

Great idea... What are blogs for but to present the stories that you want people to read?

Sujatha said...

Good idea, NM.

choxbox said...

off to read it.

Solilo said...

That is a good idea, NM. Have read it.

Nino's Mum said...

Anjali, Nitya, Suj, choxbox, Solilo - thank you.

preetischronicle said...

I got used to you posting daily!
Where are you? hope all's well.

Sujatha said...

NM, something for you

http://blogpourri.blogspot.com/2009/03/sisterhood.html