The fight to stop sexual harassment and victim blaming in Thailand continues.
Model, actress, presenter and activist Cindy Sirinya Bishop is turning her hashtag campaign #DontTellMeHowToDress into an exhibition starting this Jun 25 to raise awareness of sexual harassment and victim blaming in Thailand.
In late March, following a government official’s remark that women should “not dress sexily” during Songkran to avoid sexual assault, Cindy posted a video along with the hashtag #DontTellMeHowToDress on her Instagram that took the internet by storm. Her message: don’t tell women what to wear; tell men to respect women.
Her video has been viewed almost 500,000 times on Facebook and Instagram, while on Twitter, the hashtag #DontTellMeHowToDress has been retweeted over a thousand times—kickstarting Thailand’s own answer to #MeToo. (Read our interview: Cindy Sirinya Bishop has had enough of Thailand's culture of slut-shaming.)
For the upcoming exhibition, Cindy teamed up with the Thai Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation, UN Women and renowned fashion photographer Nat Prakobsantisuk to showcase clothes worn by victims of sexual assault at Songkran, with additional portraits of 15 Thai celebrities along with their quotes on sexual violence.
Check out Cindy's behind-the-scenes tweet about the exhibition:
A sneak peek behind the scenes of #DontTellMeHowToDress - Social Power Exhibition Against Sexual Assault by @cindysirinya and @unwomenasia 25 June-1 July 2018 @ Fashion Hall, Paragon and 3-15 July 2018 4th fl BACC— Cindy Sirinya Bishop (@cindysirinya) June 21, 2018
@donttellmehowtodress #donttellmehowtodress #MeToo #TimesUp pic.twitter.com/3Q3JKjALtR
#DontTellMeHowToDress—Social Power Exhibition Against Sexual Assault will be held from Jun 25-Jul 1 at Fashion Hall, Siam Paragon and Jul 3-15 at 4/F, the BACC