It comes as no surpise that the word jism in our society is packed with negative connotations and embedded with vulgar undertones, which makes the message of Mera jism meri marzi seem overtly sexualised, when in reality, it is anything but.
Clearly, we need to do all the emotional labour around here so let us break it down for you. Mera jism, meri marzi literally means that womxn want bodily autonomy and have the right to make decisions concerning their bodies.
Aurat March's Instagram account put it beautifully when they said, "it means an enforcement of a human right every individual is born with, but women, trans, and non-binary person are robbed of."
If this man has learnt from history, why can't you?
Contrary to popular belief, it's not about how you dress —although it does include that too!
It means no to forced pregnancies
And sexual assault and rape
Have we forgotten how many women are victims of acid attacks?
Or genital mutilation that happens behind closed doors?
For anyone who thinks it advocates for obscenity...
Spoiler alert: it doesn't
Thanking the heavens for OKB right about now...
Shehzad Roy gets it. Why don't you?