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What does Freedom mean to you? Here is a list of ten things that define freedom for the average Indian woman.
The #FreedomIs campaign asked readers to share their idea of what freedom is, and what freedoms they wanted, through a selfie with a message. The results were varied and beautiful.
You can see the collection of #FreedomIs selfies here.
To me, #FreedomIs
Not being judged by what we wear
Being able to feel safe in any part of the country
To be able to hang out with our buddies and have night-outs just like guys do.
Not having to worry about shaving our legs
Instead, respecting our bodies and understanding that inner beauty is what matters.
Not being stereotyped
Because many of us hate cooking and no, we don’t like owning kitchens at home.
Because not all of us like pink and it is not the only color that exists for us.
Because we cry when we want to let out our sadness and no, it is not a sign of weakness and we are not ashamed of it.
Being able to live without fear
Not observing the meaningless practices set up by the patriarchal society
Because, we are not some commodities to be sold off, or a burden to our families.
Providing education to all girls in a family
Because knowledge is power, and a girl deserves to be educated as much as a boy does.
Letting us decide about the important things in life
To have the liberty to choose our jobs, to decide whether or not to have kids;
To decide where and how our money should be spent
By not enforcing the feeling that we are solely responsible to do all
Not make us feel guilty when we try hard to juggle between home and work and having it all- But understanding that both the partners are equally responsible in running a home.
Letting us pursue our dreams, and follow our passions
By not tying us down and binding us by emotional manipulation. But, by letting us chase our dreams and find ourselves in the journey of life.
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Shows like Indian Matchmaking only further the argument that women must adhere to social norms without being allowed to follow their hearts.
When Netflix announced that Indian Matchmaking (2020-present) would be renewed for a second season, many of us hoped for the makers of the show to take all the criticism they faced seriously. That is definitely not the case because the show still continues to celebrate regressive patriarchal values.
Here are a few of the gendered notions that the show propagates.
A mediocre man can give himself a 9.5/10 and call himself ‘the world’s most eligible bachelor’, but an independent and successful woman must be happy with receiving just 60-70% of what she feels she deserves.
You do not have to be perfect. There’s no perfect daughter, perfect employee, perfect wife, or perfect mother. These are just labels created by society, for their convenience.
So here you are, just out of engineering college, having no clue why you pursued Electronics Engineering. Yes, I know, like many others your age, you too were persuaded by your parents to opt for engineering because it supposedly gets you a lucrative job.
Believe me, however strange this might sound, you’ll soon come to realize that a high paying job need not always make you happy. And there are a myriad courses and career options out there, you should definitely consider something that’ll make you look forward to go to work every day.