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Which Side Are You On: Nine Questions Every Woman Must Ask Herself

Posted: July 2, 2014

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Our actions contribute to the society we live in. Here is a fantastic introspective list of questions we must ask ourselves about our choices, actions, and subjugation of women.

Like we never saw it coming. That time of the month/week/day when again – yet again – we recoil in a collective spasm of shock: over Yet. Another. Rape. Until the next one comes along in all its gory details, and a cold slap is rendered to any idea of progress we thought we’d made.

This intermittent indignation has been playing on loop for a long time now. We clearly have a tremendous capacity for shock. Maybe it’s time we anointed a particular ‘Day’ for it – a National Rape Shock Day – in the trend of assigning ‘Days’ to things that are as worthy of emphasis every other day but get a concentrated dose of limelight on one arbit day.

So, the rest of the 364 days we can go back to our usual business of mindlessly creating and contributing to the context in which these brutalities happen. Feeding female subjugation in a thousand ways both blatant and subtle, without the repetitive intervals of shock every now and then.

Saving for that one ‘special’ day all our frustrated anger, debates, marches, protests, editorials, hashtags, what-have-you and maybe, if time permits, even the odd introspection of whether we’re keeping our side of the street clean while condemning the obvious depravity of the crime in question. Whether we’re doing everything (or even anything) in our individual capacities to be part of the solution instead of the problem. Or do we ourselves fuel the forces that oppress women and then get ‘shocked’ when that oppression takes the form of yet another rape? Like arms dealers lamenting the scourge of war and wondering what went wrong.

Punished for being female and powerless, in a godforsaken village where gender equality is perhaps the most laughable concept imaginable.

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