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Respect us as women off-screen: Deepika Padukone

Respect us as women off-screen: Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone says she has an issue when people ‘propagate objectification of a real person and not a character being played’ and wants them to ‘respect’ artists as women off-screen.

Ever since she condemned a photo titled ‘OMG: Deepika Padukone’s Cleavage Show’ on Twitter, saying: ‘YES! I am a Woman. I have breasts AND a cleavage! You got a problem!!??’, this has invited comments from all quarters - some favourable, others not so.

Setting the record straight and clarifying her point of view, the actress Friday issued a statement on her official Facebook page.

Her post is titled - ‘There is only ONE sign that a woman wants to have sex and that is that she says ‘YES’. ‘The reason I write the above line is because we all know that in India we are so desperately trying to make a change in the way sections of our society think in order to move towards a happier world devoid of inequality, rape, fear and pain.’

‘I am not naive about my own profession; it is one that requires lots of demanding things of me. A character may demand that I be clothed from head to toe or be completely naked, and it will be my choice as an actor whether or not I take either. Understand that this is a ROLE and not REAL.

‘What my concern is and I am stating it clearly so it is not misconstrued or confused with Shah Rukh’s eight-pack or any other woman’s or man’s anatomy. I have spoken out against an ideology that such regressive tactics are still being employed to draw a reader’s attention at a time when we are striving for women’s equality and empowerment.

‘In a time where women should be applauded for making headway in a male-dominated society, we blur the lines between REEL and REAL life and dilute all our efforts by making a one-year old back sliding piece of news a headline. Digging out an old article and headlining it ‘OMG: Deepika’s Cleavage Show!’ to attract readers is using the power of influence to proliferate recessive thought.

‘When an actresses inner wear decides to do a ‘peek-a-boo’, she most definitely did not step out with the intention to do so.


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