Why Feminism And Chauvinism Need Not Be Gender- Specific

Posted: May 16, 2019
The moment one talks about Women Safety, all the question get redirected to Government and their inefficient and fruitless steps taken on that front. Very often I find people talking about how night time activities are a cause of concern for women safety but having said that there are enough and more crimes that have taken place in the broad daylight.  It would be a blasphemous to hold the Government and State Bodies responsible for each and every crime that happens everyday. Residing in a country with a population of 1.37 billion and expecting the Government to be policing every single individual is simply blather. How can we dismiss the rotten mindset of people whose whole and soul  purpose on this planet is to glorify themselves at the cost of anything? These kind of people feel they have all the rights and liberties to act at their own will. And if their goals and desires are not met, their ego gets blotted. In the process of feeding their egos, they perform all the heinous offences and the fact that they are unapologetic about it makes it really worrisome. Blame it on the ideology that they have grown up with. Look, you are a Man, and Men don’t express their emotions publicly!!!! You don’t have to prove anything to the world because you are born perfect. You are complete by all means and your manliness cannot be questioned. You are born to be committed only for yourself….thus being less sensitive to the needs and sufferings of others. These are men who find a sense of pride in demeaning women. It’s a sort of celebration for them which begins and ends with stooping low to cast slurs on them. These are men duly respected (or not) for their roles in work lives and who boast highly of themselves publicly but when it comes to basic etiquettes and respect towards women, they are a disaster. In this league of normalising “Sexism”, women too are not lacking behind and I am personally aware of many of them. There are women too, more prominently who along with men have made the lives of other woman nothing less sort of terrible. Scores of women experience staunch chauvinism not only at workplaces, even so at homes too. And we learn to let go of it in the effort to avoid further debates and complexities. But the moment this entrenched machismo is questioned, opposed or challenged, their masculine pride is seriously injured. All this then results in episodes of gruesome acts. Such moves stem prominently from their own insecurities which cannot be surfaced otherwise. The concept of associating feminism with females is obsolete. A “Feminist” is anyone who recognises the equality and full humanity of both men and women. It’s important to cultivate gender equality at homes, parents leading them with examples. Men need to learn to deal with their insecurities early in their lives, making ways for women to breathe and be unapologetically themselves. It is every human’s right to be safe, secure and live a life with their head held high. In every phase of their lives, women need not be forced to succumb to norms mostly meant to keep a tab on them. A woman’s every move need not be conditioned akin to a robot. We demand equal respect, rights, and freedom to be the best version of ourselves. And we are not going to settle for anything less of which we are worthy. Dear men, play a fair game and prove us your masculinity. Your sexist jibes, racial slurs and attacking our self esteem are just barbaric attempts to stop us marching ahead in life. Grow up! Do not be a coward. Show us you are men of valour and earn respect for yourselves. A woman should feel secure with you by her side. Her safety is your responsibility. Take pride in protecting her…. make it happen without “Terms and Conditions” laid down for her. Image is a still from the movie Ranjhana

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