How can storytelling help in a burning issue like #MeToo?
Stories are a great way to break the ice. While many celebrities have come out, there are many other stories that remain untold. I have chosen two stories because of the way they have panned out. One of the key focus areas is to tell people how it can pan out.
What are the challenges in narrating these stories?
The biggest one is to not disclose identities. People want their privacy to be protected. We need to respect the individual’s right to privacy and if they don’t want to name the perpetrator. One needs to tailor the stories around it and take the message across.
Apart from narrating them, what else is important?
The #MeToo founder has said it is not just enough to talk about incidents and how they happen. Just describing them in graphic detail is not going to serve any purpose. We need to chart the way forward. I was interested to find how these women heal. It is very apparent that almost everyone has a #MeToo story to tell. We need to know the way in which they heal, like if they are sharing the stories with anybody? Or are they letting time doing the healing? We need to look at that aspect, too. Also, we need to see if they can benefit from the legal recourse — only because it takes longer and means a lot of money. While coming out in open is courageous, they also have to think about the backlash, as it can get nasty. While opening a conversation is important and needs courage, there is also a need to find some ways and means of how we can heal and if necessary be more vigilant.