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Does having an income automatically make women financially independent? Do they take their own financial decisions or do they still rely on the man of the family, be it a father, husband or brother?
If you are lover of the chick-lit genre, chances are you have read the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. This series of books revolves around a woman, Rebecca Bloomwood, who is a financial journalist but never practices what she preaches and is a compulsive shopper. In short, the only thing she does with money is to spend it. No matter how much one enjoys reading this light-hearted book, it’s time we stop looking at women as incapable of handling their own money.
Noted Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, in one of her books, talks about the idea of Feminism Lite( which she advises us to reject entirely). According to her, Feminism Lite uses analogies like, ‘he is the head and you are the neck’ ‘he is driving but you are in the front seat’ and in general uses the language of ‘allowing’. Women, for generations, had been conditioned to give away financial control to the ‘head’ of the family.
Of course, times have changed. Though working women are no more a rarity, are women really financially independent? Does having an income automatically make them financially independent? Do they take their own financial decisions or do they still rely on the man of the family, be it a father, husband or brother? Is money a topic of discussion amongst women during a coffee break? How much money should one save?
Here are five enterprising women who are financially independent discussing their financial attitude, what it takes to be financially independent and their take on the six-month reserve funds. It is about time we take charge and feel truly empowered. Watch this episode of The Prathibha Sastry show to know more!
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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.
As long as teachers are competent in their job, and adhere to the workplace code of conduct, how does it matter what they do in their personal lives?
A 30 year old Associate Professor at a well-known University, according to an FIR filed by her, was forced to resign because the father of one of her students complained that he found his son looking at photographs of her, which according to him were “objectionable” and “bordering on nudity”.
There are two aspects to this case, which are equally disturbing, and which together make me question where we are heading as a society.
When the father of an 18 year old finds his son looking at photographs of a lady in a swimsuit, he can do many things. What this parent allegedly did was to dash off a letter to the University which states: