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The Equality Manifesto In A Patriarchal Society. What’s That, You Ask?

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.

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

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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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