Check out 16 Return-To-Work Programs In India For Ambitious Women Like You!
Actress Amala Paul's divorce is a grim reminder of the unnecessary 'choice' that women are often forced to make between marriage and career.
Actor Amala Paul’s divorce is a grim reminder of the unnecessary ‘choice’ that women are often forced to make between marriage and career.
Swashakti Project, Swavlamban, Saakshar Bharat; a sense of pride envelops when we watch advertisements focusing on women’s health, education and empowerment schemes launched by the government.
Women have been included right from the First plan of Government of India and over the years, the plans emphasize more on improving the economic and social conditions of women.
So it comes as a surprise when you realize that even with a number of ’empowerment of women’ schemes, patriarchy has still not loosened its grip in Indian society. And to top it all, it does not spare anyone- celebrity or otherwise, everyone would have glimpsed its power now and then.
Take the case of actress Amala Paul for instance. One of the leading actresses in the South and having acted in Telegu, Tamil and Malayalam Movies, she fell in love with director A.L.Vijay. Both of them had worked together in a couple of movies, started dating and decided to get hitched.
Their marriage in 2014 was the talk of the town as it was a star-studded event. Apparently they had a church engagement and a glamorous ‘Chettiyar’ style wedding ceremony.
But today, two years later Amala Paul is filing for divorce. Reports suggested that the 28 year old actress was pressurised by her in-laws to quit her successful film career and stay at home like an ‘ideal daughter-in-law‘.
This gritty gal chose her passion and her career over her relationship. Though Vijay has subsequently denied this, the situation does bring focus on the existing patriarchal society that gives a subordinate status to women.
Whether or not Amala Paul and her spouse chose a divorce due to this reason, there is no denying that women are pressured to give up careers in a way that never occurs to men. It’s high time we walk the talk rather than just talk women’s empowerment!
Image: You Tube
A new contributor here at Women's Web, I will be adding more here about myself soon! read more...
Women's Web is an open platform that publishes a diversity of views, individual posts do not necessarily represent the platform's views and opinions at all times.
Stay updated with our Weekly Newsletter or Daily Summary - or both!
I recommend reading Manjiri Indurkar's Origami Aai alongside her memoir to have a fulfilling and enriching experience of telling one's story with grace.
It’s All In Your Head, M famed author Manjiri Indurkar’s debut poetry collection, Origami Aai, is independent and yet an extension of her memoir in which she speaks with utmost grace about all forms of abuses that she has survived. In this book of intriguing and evocative poems, the poet weaves words to form images of the everyday life of her middle-class family, love found and lost, trauma, and healing.
The collection is divided into four segments, beginning with the family, slowly moving towards the world, and finally colliding them together.
We aren’t in mourning, but we are creatures of habit.
So we talk of each one who died of drowning,
and I listen to her stories with the patience
of a chronicler.
– Funereal Stories
When someone accuses you of "too much feminism", what they are really saying is, "I am uncomfortable with you challenging the status quo and disrupting my privilege".
Time and again, there is one phrase that keeps coming up in the social media discourse on feminism. Any guesses?
Ah, no prizes for guessing the infamous “itni bhi feminist” or “too much feminism” phrase, a classic eye-roller for me, and I am sure for many more of my tribe, in the realm of gender equality discussions.
Pray tell me, how can an ideology, a movement be too ‘much’? It’s not salt or the seasoning of your soup where you can go, “Oops, too much salt, only one spoon was required”. Either you stand for what feminism stands for, or you don’t.
Please enter your email address