‘Women have legs’: Malayali women show off their legs in solidarity with Anaswara Rajan

Anaswara Rajan was abused online for wearing shorts


Malayali women on social media are posting pictures of themselves showing off their legs, with the hashtag #WomenHaveLegs. Actresses including Rima Kallingal, Anarkali Marikar, Parvathy Thiruvoth and Ahaana Krishna have also come out in support of the campaign that was triggered after actress Anaswara Rajan was trolled on social media for some of her recent pics from a photo-shoot.

The Thanneer Mathan Dinangal actress who turned 18 recently, posted a picture in an off-the-shoulder top and shorts on her social media handle. The picture was well-received by friends and fans, but it also attracted lewd comments, mostly from men. The actress was shamed for posing in shorts that was ‘inappropriate’ for her age, or 'did not suit her culture'.

Anaswara slammed trolls with an epic comeback, and she captioned her next photograph: “Don't worry about what I'm doing. Worry about why you're worried about what I'm doing.”

This has triggered a social media movement, with women posing in shorts, dresses or swimwear, in solidarity with the young actress. Malayali women are coming out to make their stand clear about moral policing, and asserting their right to wear the clothes of their choice. The discussions and memes on social media also point out how men do not face similar criticism for the clothes they wear or their show of skin. 

Actress Rima Kallingal expressed her support by sharing a picture that has also caught the internet’s attention. “Surprise surprise!!! Women have legs #ladies #showthemhowitsdone,” she captioned a picture of herself in a swimsuit, and credited the photograph to husband and filmmaker Aashiq Abu.

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Posting a really nice picture of me wearing a tiny dress , showing most of my legs to take attendance of the number of creeps who will line up in attention in my comment box to post third-rate comments :) 2 things. Firstly , what I wear isn't your business. What anybody wears isn't your business. Your business is just your business. Probably you don't have enough of it , so you try and poke your nose into other people's business. I will wear Shorts , Sari , Shirt or a Swim-suit .. it's not your license to question my character. Neither is it my oppurtunity to prove my own character. So , WATCH YOUR THOUGHTS , NOT MY CLOTHES 🤷 Secondly , as far as I know .. legs , stomach , hands etc .. they are all the same, be it in the body of a man or a woman. I can't see any difference that is so important that it justifies the difference between the kind of comments that make it to the comment box of a man in little clothes and that of a girl. If a man shows his well toned body , it's Inspiring , Mass and Frickin' Hot. When a girl does the same , she looks like she's ready for Sex? She's Shameless? She’s an Attention Seeker? She's trying to turn people on for work? Pick up this flamboyant display of patriarchy and discard it in the first dust-bin you can find around you. Me posting a picture in a super short dress has only 1 meaning - I like that picture and I felt like sharing it on my own social media profile. Any other meaning that you derive out of it is nothing but a reflection of the unfortunate situation of your life and the things you lack in it. Gross mindsets might not change way too much. But the license to publicly speak out one's gross mindset can be shut down. Call out slut-shamers. Call out dirty patriarchy. And stop giving a damn about what a random person has to comment on your clothes. Do these 3 things and slowly but surely , creeps who want to say creepy things will be so scared to spit out the poison that they will learn to keep it within themselves. I'd like to sum up this slightly long post with a quote I read recently on Social Media - " Oh my favourite season will be the Fall of Patriarchy 🍁 " Image shot by @rexphotography.in 💫

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