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Watch this hilarious parody of matrimonial ads that shows our misogyny even in this day and age, to the tune of 'Call Me Maybe' by Carly Rae Jepsen.
Watch this hilarious parody of matrimonial ads that shows our misogyny even in this day and age, to the tune of ‘Call Me Maybe’ by Carly Rae Jepsen.
Marriage for Indians is sacrosanct, almost a matter of ‘karmic’ destiny and there is no escape from it! Infact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that ‘shaadi‘, the word for marriage, is the first word a child understands after ‘mama’ and ‘papa’.
So in a bid to find their soul-mates, well before the explosion of the country’s famously vibrant press in the 50’s, Indians have been coupling up via the matrimonial ads featuring in the leading national dailies. Of-late, keeping up with the modern times, the matrimonial ads have become more tech savvy and have seen the mushrooming of online matrimonial and dating sites. But far from being a novel approach to matrimony, these sites are an improvised version of how things have been done in India for decades (“Match sought from tall, fair, convent-educated, career-oriented, homely,” etc.).
‘Pondati‘ means ‘wife’ in Tamil and this hilarious video aptly articulates the bigoted and misogynous undercurrent that flows in the Indian society when the ‘Eligible Bachelor’ goes ‘Wife Hunting’.
Lyrics that go – “submit samples … of your round chapatis…!”
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If a woman insists on her prospective groom earning enough to keep her comfortable, she is not being “lazy”. She is just being practical, just like men!
When an actress described women as “lazy” because they choose not to have careers and insist on only considering prospective grooms who earn a lot, many jumped to her defence.
Many men (and women) shared stories about how “choosy” women have now become.
One wrote in a now-deleted post that when they were looking for a bride for her brother, the eligible women all laid down impossible conditions – they wanted the groom to be not more than 3 years older than them, to earn at least 50k per month, and to agree to live in an independent flat.
Ms. Kulkarni, please don’t apologise ‘IF’ you think you hurt women. Apologise because you got your facts wrong. Apologise for making sexual harassment a casual joke.
If Sonali Kulkarni’s speech on most modern Indian women being lazy left me shocked and enraged, her apology post left me deeply saddened.
I’d shared my thoughts on her problematic speech in an earlier article. So, I’ll share why I felt Kulkarni’s apology post was more damaging than her speech.
If her speech made her an overnight hero among MRAs, sexists, and people who were awed by her dramatic words, then her apology post made her a legendary saint.
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