THE EMOTIONAL, SEXUAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL STEREOTYPING OF FEMALE BEGINS WHEN THE DOCTOR SAYS, IT’S A GIRL.
Throughout many decades women have been trying to be equal to men both in their personal domain and in their work place. As children, we are taught to adapt to specific gender role which is totally different for the two sexes which is decided by our patriarchal society. There is clear discrimination between the roles of men and women in terms of their expectations from so called “our society”
A woman is expected to be confined to the domestic life where she is expected to nurture the offspring.
The mother must socialize her daughter to become subordinate to men and if her daughter challenges the patriarchal norms, the mother is likely to defend the patriarchal structure against her own daughter.
In India, the discriminatory attitude towards women has existed from centuries. Although the Constitution of India has granted men and women equal rights, gender disparity still remains.
A suffocating patriarchal shadow hangs over the lives of women throughout India. From all sections, castes and classes of society, women are victim of its repressive and controlling effects.
Those subjected to the heaviest burden of discrimination are Dalits or from backward castes. They experience multiple levels of discrimination and exploitation. Women at the grassroots are already disadvantaged by their marginalized community status and are further compromised by caste and gender hierarchies. Women and girls not only in India but all over world find themselves victim of not only violence of various kind but are hopelessly “voiceless.”
Now the Question arises why do women complicit in such a system which subordinate them?
If we look at women today their lives are located at the intersection of class, caste and patriarchies. Women are located in a way that they can be subordinated but can also yield a degree of power. This is so especially when a woman belongs to an upper caste and through their menfolk have access to economic resources and social power. But wait here, these benefits are available to them only and only when they ‘CONFORM’ to patriarchal norms of their families and communities. Deviance on the other hand EXPELS them from the material resources of the family which they can partake only on account of their good behavior.
However the compliance of women or the consent they extend to structures that are oppressive is invalided under the notion of upholding tradition or the cultures of the family.
“Men are welcome to join the conversation about gender equality. Let them start by listening to what women and girls have to say”
Emma Watson launched the HeForShe campaign at the UN last month and extended a “formal invitation” to men to participate in the conversation about gender equality. “Gender equality is your issue too,” said the actor and UN Women goodwill ambassador. Watson’s speech struck a chord with many and fanned the feminist fire that is, slowly but surely, being reignited.
The reason Watson invited men to join the conversation was that gender stereotypes also limit them. “Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong,” she said. But while gender stereotypes can be suffocating to men too, it is women, girls and transgender people who face the lion’s share of boundaries and limitations.
Feminism is about addressing the power imbalances that limit people’s opportunities to live their lives to the fullest. We need men to join the feminist
pursuit of social justice because it is the right thing to do. It is a matter of human rights, not of enlightened self-interest. At the end of her speech, Watson announced a “uniting movement”, UN Women’s HeForShe campaign. The initiative essentially involves a petition that men are invited to sign; committing themselves to “take action against all forms of violence and discrimination faced by women and girls”