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I was told that on my face that "I was not fit to work at this company," by my female colleague despite having an engineering degree. I have worked at 4 MNCs in IT and I have come across aggressive men and women who will put down and abuse other vulnerable women to move ahead.
I have worked at 4 MNCs in IT and I have come across aggressive men and women who will put down and abuse other vulnerable women to move ahead.
I was told that on my face that “I was not fit to work at this company,” by my female colleague despite having an engineering degree. After 20 years of my Post Graduation, I am still a developer in one of the MNC’s in Bangalore, earning the same salary that I was earning 10 years ago.
I could never get ahead in my career because of the violence and taunts that I faced at my workplace by my managers.
I think it’s a crime for an Indian woman to dream and be ambitious. Furthermore, I was threatened, blackmailed and bullied by my female bosses.
Most men have a sense of entitlement at the workplace, while women are just tolerated at the workplace. Women are made to feel guilty for earning money and for speaking up, god forbid you aspire to become something beyond ordinary.
How dare an ordinary brown skinned Indian woman claim to have an advanced degree in engineering from the USA? It is so unfair to all the entitled and privileged Indian men.
That the woman has to be tamed, stripped of her wings to fly, and she should be made incapacitated to think and her freedom must be curtailed by posing financial restrictions.
This is the attitude of most Indian men towards a woman. Indian men feel insecure and threatened, and their ego is hurt, so they turn to abuse, patronizing behaviour, violence, ridicule, humiliation, shaming and taunts and aggressive behaviour.
Indian woman should only know how to prove to their husbands how to fix a gas stove. It is 2022, and where is India heading in the space of advancement of women in the workplace?
It is the crab mentality of most Indian men that keeps women from advancing in the workplace. If I cannot have it, you cannot either.
It is the weak men who feel the need to ridicule and humiliate a strong woman. It’s the weak men and women who put down strong women at the workplace because they don’t know what to do with her and how to deal with her.
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Ms. Kulkarni, please don’t apologise ‘IF’ you think you hurt women. Apologise because you got your facts wrong. Apologise for making sexual harassment a casual joke.
If Sonali Kulkarni’s speech on most modern Indian women being lazy left me shocked and enraged, her apology post left me deeply saddened.
I’d shared my thoughts on her problematic speech in an earlier article. So, I’ll share why I felt Kulkarni’s apology post was more damaging than her speech.
If her speech made her an overnight hero among MRAs, sexists, and people who were awed by her dramatic words, then her apology post made her a legendary saint.
There are many mountains I need to climb just to be, just to live my life, just to have my say... because they are mountains you've built to oppress women.
Trigger Warning: This deals with various kinds of violence against women including rape, and may be triggering for survivors.
I haven’t climbed a literal mountain yet
Was busy with the metaphorical ones – born a woman
Fighting for the air that should have come free
And I am one of the privileged ones, I realize that
Yet, if I get passionate, just like you do
I will pay for it – with burden, shame, – and possibly a life to carry
So, my mountains are the laws you overturn
My mountains are the empty shelves where there should have been pills
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