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With many changes coming around us, with women being more and more involved in the economic growth, it is high time to rethink what need to be shown and be responsible for producing such shows.
“Sita slipped and got her leg fractured. Her in-laws and husband brought in a good doctor for the treatment. Sita’s mother and sister came to visit her. They were stopped at the entrance of the grand villa where Sita resides, they argued and got a reply from her father in law that she is now the member of their house, and they are not supposed to keep coming to their house. It goes on with everyone being silent, and even Sita has obeyed her in-laws as a perfect bahu should.”
“A big shot surgeon is working at his hospital; his wife enters his cabin and starts to beg him to accept her and her children as his own. She tries her best to convince him saying she is indeed truthful and suddenly falls at his feet. The surgeon starts to disrespect her character, and still she responds that he is her patidev, in a sense a god to her.”
“A delicate son always listens to his mother and even keeps mum if she belittles or tortures his wife or girlfriend” – A perfect son but not a good husband duh!
These are not real-life incidents that I have quoted but some scenes from different serials. So what are we enjoying by watching these serials? Every show follows only two storylines:
These serials do not have any fun factor or message to society, or do not support any social causes. It’s just mindless domination of in-laws on daughter in law, or daughter in law trying to murder her mother-in-law, or a bad son-in-law.
The misogyny is so deep-rooted in the television industry that no one realizes that it is patriarchal. Why do we need these serials when we are already a repressive society of largely middle class people?
How does a family that has a daughter-in-law and mother-in-law feel when they watch it together? How does a guy react if he watches an episode where a man slaps his wife in the serial because she questioned his authority in the family?
We are at a place right now in the world where everything that we see in media matters – using a plastic straw or not, moving to menstrual cups, raising a voice against belittling of one gender, inclusion of LGBTQ+, and much more. With many changes coming around us, with women being more and more involved in the economic growth, it is high time to rethink what need to be shown and be responsible for producing such shows.
Need more progressive shows which questions our thoughts like Leila and Sacred Games from Netflix, or some light-hearted shows instead of sexist patriarchal shows.
It is time to stop showing a dark-skinned girl who faces her daily taunts saved by Prince Charming; need to show how to fight, how not to care about their colour or need a prince to save her.
We need to have shows about the laws and rights of our society, not how to find a husband.
We need to show how to earn herself, how to maintain a good relationship with in-laws without cowing down, how trafficking happens, how rapes happen, how men should be involved in empowering the other genders, to question evil rituals that people are still believing in… the list in long.
Creativity is an unlimited field full of ideas, and these shows can be much more entertaining, with the right amount of creativity instead of showing the same old formulated ideas.
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If you want to get back to work after a break, here’s the ultimate guide to return to work programs in India from tech, finance or health sectors - for women just like you!
Last week, I was having a conversation with a friend related to personal financial planning and she shared how she had had fleeting thoughts about joining work but she was apprehensive to take the plunge. She was unaware of return to work programs available in India.
She had taken a 3-year long career break due to child care and the disconnect from the job arena that she spoke about is something several women in the same situation will relate to.
More often than not, women take a break from their careers to devote time to their kids because we still do not have a strong eco-system in place that can support new mothers, even though things are gradually changing on this front.
A married woman has to wear a sari, sindoor, mangalsutra, bangles, anklets, and so much more. What do these ornaments have to do with my love, respect, and commitment to my husband?
They: Are you married?
They: But You don’t look like it
Me: (in my Mind) Why should I?
Why is being married not enough for a woman, and she needs to look married too? I am tired of such comments in the nearly four years of being married.
I believe that anything that is forced is not right. I must have a choice. I am a living human, not a puppet. And I am not stopping anyone by not following any tradition. You are free to do whatever you like to do. But do not force others. It’s depressing.