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These events are an opportunity for women to come together, feel included, and escape their regular routines. The last thing anyone needs is to be shamed for their choice of attire.
As the festive season is here, there’s a palpable excitement in the air. It’s a time to celebrate, come together, and create beautiful memories with loved ones. However, it’s also a time when certain societal expectations and judgments seem to creep in, particularly when it comes to women and how they choose to present themselves.
The pressure to be wrinkle-free, thin, fit, and perfectly made up can be overwhelming. It’s disheartening to note that many times, it’s women who condemn other women based on these superficial standards. Social media, parties, and cultural events often become platforms for such judgments, whether it’s about the absence or excess of makeup, the presence of grey hair, or the choice of outfit.
When we think about cultural events like Navratri, Diwali, or any other festive occasion, there’s another layer of scrutiny – the dress code. Interestingly, these codes are often set by women themselves. It’s important to recognize that we don’t know what someone might be going through personally. They may be dealing with emotional lows, excessive stress, or time constraints due to family and work responsibilities.
It should be an individual’s choice to dress up or dress down, and that choice deserves respect. These events are an opportunity for women to come together, feel included, and escape their regular routines. The last thing anyone needs is to be shamed for their choice of attire.
Why do we feel the need to comment on someone’s appearance or assess their financial status based on what they wear or don’t wear? As women, we should stand united and treat everyone with kindness and respect, irrespective of their choices.
Let’s embrace diversity and celebrate the variety of women’s preferences when it comes to clothing, makeup, and jewelry. Remember that the person wearing that stunning jewelry may be doing it because it makes them happy, and we should let them revel in that joy. The person not wearing any jewelry may be doing it, as they feel comfortable that way. No one has the right to criticize another person’s looks or choices.
In a world often tainted by hatred, selfishness, anger, and jealousy, let’s make an effort to be kind to one another. When you meet someone during this festive season, greet them with a warm smile and make them feel loved and included. After all, these celebrations are meant to foster a sense of togetherness and joy, not judgment and division.
Happy Festivities, and may the spirit of love and inclusivity prevail during this beautiful time of the year!
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