Thursday, March 5, 2015

Being Feminist

Each day passing, I am turning more and more a feminist. Although I abhor extremism in feminism (I do not think calling every action of a man "sexist" is the right way to achieve gender equality), I cannot overstate the importance of visualizing the routine, systematized discrimination against women based on their gender alone.

In this address to the UN as its woman ambassador, Emma Watson says how it is important for men to be participating in women empowerment programs. By alienating men from gender equality programs, we are just increasing the gender gap. Read more at HeForShe.org

Yet, that is what some feminists do - give no respect to men, attack them on whatever they do or say.

Read about the dongle joke that spiralled way out of control

But all these are issues of fine adjustment. There are coarse course corrections to be made in countries like India.

"India's Daughter" is a documentary that was released today by BBC. And it shows how vulgar the mindset of many Indians are. If you watch that documentary, you get avulsed not by the guilty defending himself, but by the lawyers of the rapists trying to define the role of women in society.

And to ban that outright is worse, from the Government of India. Anyhow, I have a few mirrors at learnlearn.in/indias-daughter/#mirrors

I've found myself guilty of (unconsciously at times) discriminating against my female friends many times in the past. Every time it is discovered, I try to never repeat the mistake. Yet, there is so much to unlearn that I still commit new mistakes. Anyhow, I am a feminist. I know that manhood and womanhood are just two colours of human beings.

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