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Let’s face it. Misogyny is a reality. But have we ever wondered about its origins? Where does it stem from? Is it an inherent prejudice? Bias? Male entitlement? Masculinity?
A number of recent occurrences have honestly led me to wonder at this all new low, that humanity seems to be going through. The morning newspaper or the evening news, well, suffice it to say that it can be a total nightmare.
And of course, the inhumanity, the ruthlessness, seems to be so much worse when it comes to crimes against women. It’s almost as though there is a need, a desire, to hurt, to crush, to humiliate, to silence, much, much more if the person happens to be a woman.
Disturbing, deeply disturbing.
Have you ever stopped to wonder at the sheer number of categories that crimes against women are divided into? Sexual violence, domestic violence, psychological abuse, workplace abuse, acid attacks, dowry deaths, female infanticide, rape, eve-teasing, child marriage, trafficking, harassment, and the list can go on and on.
Not a very safe place for a woman, is it, this world of ours?
Furthermore, is the distant dream of justice. That distance seems to grow manifold if the victim of a crime is a woman. Which, unfortunately, she very often is.
Let’s face it.
Misogyny is a reality.
But have we ever wondered about its origins? Where does it stem from? Is it an inherent prejudice? Bias? Male entitlement? Masculinity?
Or is it all a result of a patriarchy that is so deep-rooted, so inbuilt, that we just can’t seem to see it for what it is. A sick, toxic mindset that has forced us to regress beyond our own imaginations. Far beyond any semblance of basic humanity.
How dare she! Who does she think she is? She needs to be taught a lesson! She’s just a woman, after all! Only a woman!
She went out after 9 pm. She stayed out after 10 pm. Furthermore, she had a drink, maybe two. Not only that, but she wore a short skirt. She laughed too loudly, spoke too nicely, smiled like that, frowned like this!
Will they stop already?
Yes, that pretty much sums up this dismal, distressing situation. A situation, an attitude, which is the result of 5 things.
Wait, Obey, Manage, Accept and Nod. Put it all together, and you get W.O.M.A.N. And truly, that’s what we women have been doing for centuries.
Now replace the previous words with new ones. Like this.
Wake, Own, Modify, Act, and Notice. It still all adds up to the same word: W.O.M.A.N. And that, is the answer. The answer that will change things, instil hope and make the world a more tolerant, diverse, accepting and equal place for all of us.
So let’s get to it, shall we?
Image source: Still from Darlings, edited on CanvaPro
Rrashima is a senior corporate analyst with over 20 years of experience in the corporate sector. She is also a prolific writer, novelist and poet and her articles, stories and poems are regularly published in read more...
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Rajshri Deshpande, who played the fiery protagonist in Trial by Fire along with Abhay Deol speaks of her journey and her social work.
Rajshri Deshpande as the protagonist in ‘Trial by Fire’, the recent Netflix show has received raving reviews along with the show itself for its sensitive portrayal of the Uphaar Cinema Hall fire tragedy, 1997 and its aftermath.
The limited series is based on the book by the same name written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, who lost both their children in the tragedy. We got an opportunity to interview Rajshri Deshpande who played Neelam Krishnamoorthy, the woman who has been relentlessly crusading in the court for holding the owners responsible for the sheer negligence.
Rajshri Deshpande is more than an actor. She is also a social warrior, the rare celebrity from the film industry who has also gone back to her roots to give to poverty struck farming villages in her native Marathwada, with her NGO Nabhangan Foundation. Of course a chance to speak with her one on one was a must!
“What is a woman’s job, Ramesh? Taking care of parents-in-law, husband, children, home and things at work—all at the same time? She isn’t God or a superhuman."
The arrays of workstations were occupied by people peering into their computer screens. The clicks of keyboard keys were punctuated by the occasional footsteps moving around to brainstorm or collaborate with colleagues in their cubicles. Most employees went about their tasks without looking at the person seated on either side of their workstation. Meenakshi was one of them.
The thirty-one-year-old marketing manager in a leading eCommerce company in India sat straight in her seat, her eyes on the screen, her fingers punching furiously into the keys. She was in a flow and wanted to finish the report while the thoughts and words were coming effortlessly into her mind.
Natu-Natu. The mellifluous ringtone interrupted her thoughts. She frowned at her mobile phone with half a mind to keep it ringing until she noticed the caller’s name on the screen, making her pick up the phone immediately.
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