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Does patriarchy affect only women? What about men who cannot choose their career because they have to ‘earn a living’? Gender does not matter – all suffer, even if women suffer more.
When we talk of patriarchy it’s almost implied
It has only affected women worldwide
The really short end of the stick they’ve received
While men do as they please, so is perceived
Now let me frame this in a different way
It might be controversial, what I have to say
I think men are victims, equally
At the hands of a patriarchal society
Taught to behave a certain way from an early age
Bottling up emotions that turns into rage
Buried under the weight of societal expectations
Trying to project strength during stressful situations….
Toxic masculinity results when patriarchy prevails
Oppression of women increases, the social structure fails
To preserve the balance it was supposed to maintain
Neither women nor men unaffected remain..
No one benefits from gender hegemony
Imbalance of power is the worst enemy
Equality, not just feminism, is the need of the hour
Equal recognition, equal expectations, equal power…
A version of this was first published here.
Image source: a still from the movie Astitva
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