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Three Indian women fighter pilots will be inducted in the Indian Air Force. Does gender play a role when it comes to career choices?
Three Indian women fighter pilots will be inducted into the Indian Air Force on June 18th. Read on to know more about them.
Bhawana Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi are the selected cadets who would be inducted in the Indian airforce. They would undergo advanced training for a year and would fly a jet by 2017. They would go to Bidar in karnataka for the stage III training.
Six female cadets were competing but only three were finally selected.
The notion that Indian women must opt for professions that do not test their physical abilities is embedded in the minds of most Indians. Women are considered to be submissive, weak and docile and therefore, suitable for professions like teaching or nursing which do not require them to strain themselves much.
On the other hand, aviation industry is considered to be an arena tailor-made for men since strength and presence of mind are masculine straits. Such ideas of prejudice thwart men and women in India from pursuing professions of their choice and having fulfilling careers.
Fortunately, there are women striving hard to come out of their shells and opting for professions that are considered a part of the male dominated sphere.
Shooting, comedy, racing, mountaineering, boxing, you name the profession and they have proved their mettle in their respective fields.
Anjali Bhagwat is the only Indian to win the ISSF Championship Trophy in Air Rifle Men and Women Mixed Event category in 2002.
Aditi Mittal, on the other hand, is going places with her innate ability to make people laugh at her jokes. Apart from carving a niche in this male-dominated field, she has also managed to debunk the myth that women are serious creatures and lack sense of humor.
Saanchi Soni, a student of Delhi University, has gone on to achieve laurels as India’s youngest woman to have been selected for an expedition to Mount Everest by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Her victory is a savage blow to all those who think of women as the weaker sex.
Weightlifting is considered to be a very masculine area by even the best of people. But that did not stop Malleswari from winning a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
These women had the audacity to defy social norms and make our society a little more progressive in nature. Real progress, however, will be made when more and more women enter these fields without hesitation.
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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.
At one point, she confesses to her mother that the beatings are no longer physical, they have started affecting her mentally as well, and she wants to break free of this cycle of abuse.
Trigger Warning: This deals with domestic violence and may be triggering for survivors.
I recently watched Darlings on Netflix. It’s a quirky, dark satire featuring the dynamite duo of Alia Bhatt and Shefali Shah. The movie depicts domestic violence and the psychology of abuse.
Even though the subject matter is dark, there are light moments and humour, which make it immensely watchable. It stands out for its powerhouse performances and unique storyline.