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Bad Student protesters highlight patriarchal society where victims are blamed

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After Saturday’s rally featuring the Bad Student group, some members have also began highlighting the patriarchal society of Thailand where obedience and submission runs rampant in educational institutions.

20 year old Nalinrat Tuthubthim bravely demonstrated the need for an open dialogue as she adorned an old school uniform while taping her mouth and holding a sign.

“A teacher sexually assaulted me. The school is not a safe space.”

Sexual harassment figures from the Office of Basic Education Commission are circulating online, showing hundreds of sexual harassment incidents recorded between 2013 – 2017. Thee Phawangkhanan from OBEC says that in January 2020 alone, there were over 700 cases of sexual harassment, adding that many other victims remain too scared to come forward.

Conservative Thais, such as Palang Pracharat MP Pareena Kraikupt, threatened to sue her for dishonouring the school and its uniform because she is no longer a student.  And even further pointed out the embarrassment the student was allegedly causing to the country.

Such a deflection of the issue also comes with pointing fingers towards the victim as some Thais question why she didnt report the alleged incident when it happened, and instead, waited 5 years to display a banner at a rally? The shift in blame is all too common as the “patriarchy” would say it’s her fault by pointing out her clothing or by simply saying she deserves it.

The social hierarchy has long been accused of being corrupt, exploitative and abusive, in which the “poo-yai” superior has complete power over the “poo-noi” inferior. Even questioning a superior is against societal norms. There are no checks and balances on those in power. Nalinrat says it is this type of culture that created fear over reporting sexual abuse, along with her lack of understanding it due to her young age.

In an article for Thisrupt.co, she discussed her psychological trauma and disorder that resulted from the incident, as she has taken to campaigning about sexual abuse in the past 2 years. She says that men make the rules in Thai society and that there is a cultural mindset in which society blames the victim.

Nalinrat says she was met with a wall of denial when she did speak up and was demanded to be silent, finding herself joining the countless other women and children whose stories were ignored. When her story became public, she was met with victim-blaming, just as so many other women and children have suffered, while the abuser is not apprehended.

But thanks to others boldly bringing the issue to light, other groups such as Bad Medical Student are gaining momentum as they bring such allegations ranging from sexual harrassment, abusive workloads, verbal and emotional abuse, gender discrimination and many more, to light. The group, who took their name after the Bad Student group, is now taking to Twitter to voice what they say is a medical institution environment that is abusive. One Twitter user posted a message that says she was discriminated against because she was a woman.

SOURCE: Thisrupt

 

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6 Comments

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  1. B.T.

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Palang Pracharat MP Pareena Kraikupt still free to walk? What a shame ……One of corrupted MP and still dare to talk about morales.

  2. Fabian

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    These youngsters should really make The Wall by Pink Floyd as their anthem. It’s so appropriate and symbolic.

  3. Issan John

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 4:27 pm

    I’m not sure if “obedience and submission” is part of a “patriarchal society”, or if it’s far more a required part of a society based around the ‘haves and have nots’ and “poo-yais and poo-nois”, such as Thailand’s.

    I’m also far from sure if Thailand really is a “patriarchal society” at all outside of the self-sucking lollipop establishment of politicians, military and police. Go beyond those and there’s probably as much parity as anywhere, and I think looking back to the last ‘elections’ it’s pretty clear that a woman would have walked away with the popular vote and unified the country as no man could have, then or now, had she been eligible to do so.

    • James Pate

      Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 9:32 pm

      John: I think you destroyed your own argument that Thailand is not patriarchal in your last sentence.

  4. Jesus Monroe

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Unfortunately the west is not so far down this rabbit hole either. Yes we had the me too movement but only a select few went down for their behaviour. If porn is any indication of attitudes towards women there’s a hell of a long way to go before every human is deserving of equal respect.

  5. Issan John

    Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Umm … why do think “porn is any indication of attitudes towards women”?

    Isn’t it equally an indication of attitudes towards men, gays, LGBT+++, SM, katoeys, donkeys, or whatever takes your fancy?

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