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Most 45 or 50 plus male stars are still found desirable, said to be ageing like fine wine, and paired with female stars half or more than half their age.
Recently, Netflix had a show Decoupled in which actor R. Madhavan was the protagonist. He was shown to be a middle-aged, out of shape, grey haired, blunt author.
Many people liked this show and called Madhavan sexy and charismatic, and heaped praises.
Just reverse the gender…would an out of shape, grey haired, blunt female protagonist have received the same epithets or applause? I doubt.
In a country where Malaika, Shamita Shetty, etc. who are younger to Madhavan are called oldies, aunties such a scenario is highly unlikely. Most 45 or 50 plus male stars are still found desirable, said to be ageing like fine wine, and paired with female stars half or more than half their age.
This is applicable for all the movie industries, Indian or not. Can we expect just the opposite, where older women are considered just as desirable for the screen?
Why is age shaming, body shaming, looks shaming just meant for women, more so after they have crossed 40? Why do all the beauty products, slimming centers, yoga classes specifically target women and assure them that they will knock off their age by 10-15 years and not target men?
Do men really not get old?
An out of shape and grey haired man is still desirable but not a woman… why the double standards?
Next time, I want to see (which is not likely) a 45 or 50 plus female protagonist with the same attributes as the Decoupled male protagonist, and see if it evokes the same positive response. Will it? Highly unlikely..
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Indian students dream of studying abroad, but these deaths and the racism we feel ask the question - are we travelling there to only lose our lives?
Trigger warning: This speaks of racism and death of Indian students, and may be triggering to survivors.
Today morning while I was on my way to the office, I was scrolling Instagram and immediately my eyes got stuck on a post having the headline, “US Policeman ran over an Indian Student in Seattle”. Jaahnavi Kandula, a 23-year-old Northeast University Graduate student from Andhra Pradesh was struck and killed in January this year by a Seattle cop, Kevin Dave, while driving 74 mph on the way to a report of an overdose call.”
Further, I read that the investigating agency while watching the body-worn camera that captured the whole incident, were laughing and joking about the death and commented that her life had “limited value”. If the deceased had been a US citizen, would they have behaved in the similar way, I feel not?
It is important that IWD celebrations include steps that steer away from gender stereotypes, and perhaps offer the true support women need.
The International Women’s Day (IWD) blitzkrieg has started.
Usually, the onset of March brings with it advertisements for items that range from jewellery, apparel, cosmetics and other items that are associated with women. On 8th March, this messaging, which is rooted in consumer capitalism, is followed by messages that reinforce the superwoman myth as well as force feed the stereotype of a woman who is gentle, sacrificing, beautiful, and more. Corporates and organizations will join the bandwagon and organize events that will range from tokenism to woke-ism. The pink decorations and freebies like salon and spa vouchers will again reflect the gendered social and consumer profiles women are associated with; and there will formulaic speeches about women empowerment.
With each passing year, this buzz and hype around IWD becomes bigger and bigger; then why do we see glaring gaps in gender equality?
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