How “SHE” is misunderstood?

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There lies a tingling bliss in solitude, they say. With the establishment of societies in the world, the aspect of domination and subjugation came up and our solitude vanished away. Men now owned property, animals and then, the idea of ‘power’ came into being. The notions like caste, class, creed, religion, gender etc set their afoot. With these ideas also came up the thought of patriarchal societies and male chauvinism.

Women have been tortured and subjected to severe brutalities over numerous centuries. But as it goes, ‘every action has an equal and opposite reaction’. Thus, the concept of feminism came into being in defense of women. Feminism is defined as, ”The advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of sexes.”  It is a range of movements and ideologies that share a common goal: to define, establish and achieve equal political, economic, cultural, personal, and social rights for women. This includes seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. 

However, this connotation of ‘Feminism’ has undergone a steep drift in the modern era.A movement that started as a ‘Pro-Women’ movement has inclined into an ‘Anti-Men’ movement. From being a defensive sword for women, it has turned into an attacking dagger on men over the past few years and there lies the contradiction. Feminism advocates love for women, it doesn’t say hate men and that’s what people fail to understand.

To the society we say, women are not aliens. We just want to be equally treated as humans and not heavenly creatures.  We just want that while we stroll on roads, we are not stared at by open-jawed mouths and glaring eyes. We don’t want reservation of seats in the buses and trains, we have the strength to stand and all we want is a safe travel. We don’t ask for reservation everywhere but an equal chance to take birth, platform to exhibit our capacities and be equally paid as men. The chasm between genders is what feminism is actually trying to bridge. We don’t want be considered as an inferior sex, neither a superior one. Let’s stand at one pedestal. Why do we have to be looked down upon to?

Women have started taking law as a tool of entertainment, basking under the privilege offered by it. Going back in time, the act of a DU girl, Jasleen Kaur is one such bad example of a women trying to entice men and then turning the tables upside down. We need to understand that we shouldn’t be trying to surpass men in the guise of feminism. Hatred towards men and trying to promote a matriarchal society wouldn’t yield any results. We need to promote equality, not domination. The angle of vision needs to tilt and tilt for good, for truth. 

Also, taking undue advantage of the rules and regulation made in favor of women is an act of stooping down to severe levels. Why degrade your own standards that way? If men have been wronging us since ages, do we have to reciprocate or stop the chain? This is what needs to be thought of. This is what after all being a women is about. This is ultimately what ‘Feminism’ is.

Ponder and respond, not react!

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Osheen Guleria

 

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