The #MeToo movement has created a storm all over the country and several actresses, models, journalists and common women alike have been sharing the horrors of sexual harassment that they have been through. They named and shamed the harassers publicly and some even went ahead filing a police complaint against the harassers and are fighting it out legally. Kangana Ranaut had questioned as to why is Karan Johar quite in the #MeToo era and poked fun at him for not speaking out. Finally, the film-maker broke his silence and spoke about the movement.
Touching Someone Without Consent Is Wrong, Says Karan Johar
"So how do you get consent? You ask for it! You have to ask, 'Are you ok with this?' or 'Do you want to do this'. It's important for people to understand both, the verbal as well as the non-verbal communication they get from someone they're with. These are the basics; basics that we often tend to forget," he said in his radio show Calling Karan.
Asking For Consent Is The Basic Etiquette
"When you come close to someone, when you're about to get intimate, how can you not ask for consent?"
Sending Pictures Of Your Private Parts Is Not Cool, Says Karan Karan!
"Sending someone pictures of your private parts is also not cool! Kissing someone or touching them inappropriately while they're drunk, is not cool. Persisting with flirtatious texts, even after someone has explicitly expressed discomfort, is definitely not cool!"
Respect Other People's Boundaries!
"You must respect the boundaries that others set for you, and that's precisely what you ask for consent, and always respect the answer."
Yes Means Yes, No Means No!
"While asking for consent is important, it is also important to know how to give consent. It's important to say YES clearly if you are okay with it, and more importantly, it's ok to change your mind at any given point of time without feeling the need to give an explanation. If you feel uncomfortable and you can withdraw your consent and just say 'NO'".
Sex Without Consent Is Sexual Harassment!
"Sex minus consent equals sexual harassment! That's the math, and it can't be any simpler. And hence, it's really important to keep asking the question, and always respect the answer."