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Friday, March 09, 2007

Happy International women's day!

I was flipping through "me" issue 18/Feb/07 a weekly/biweekly magazine by DNA. Suddenly, my eyes caught an article describing the plight of "Afghanistan women" during and post Taliban era on page 37. (I am mentioning the page no. as to make it clear that the article was on the right hand side page of the magazine.)

As I read through the heavily worded a article which used words like “self-immolation”, “gifts” and “rape” with reference to women and “misogynists” with “Afghanistan”.( I have yet to find out what the word means!) ,. My eyes rolled over to the left of the page…

It showed model Saberi Dasgupta, wearing a yellow coloured mini-skirt, ( if you asked me it looked as if she has wrapped a pillow towel around her) and a belt which was one- third to one fourth of the breadth of towel, oh sorry, skirt, with her bare hands covering or rather trying to cover her bare breasts. (Or was she just massaging it!). Her hair do appeared as if someone had just given her an electric shock, or may be she hadn’t seen a comb for ages or may be both. That’s how Ms. Saberi Dasgupta presents “her version of gold with stunning stone studded belt over a stretch mini skirt and a gold bare body!” Am I, being cynical? You can decide for yourself!

Then a thought came to my mind…Isn’t the position of women in India or for that matter in world quite the same? Given the chaos that is there in Afghanistan, won’t we do the same?

“No” if you say so, then, “My dear” you need to do some serious soul searching. Aren’t women are primarily considered as “Sex Object” or slaves that do our house work. And all her qualities are of secondary importance!!!

If it isn’t so, then can somebody tell me why do we accept videos of short, stout and may I add ugly man like “Adnnan Sami”going around with “sensuous women” but not there is not a single video (as far as I can remember) which depicts say “Johnny Depp” or “John Abraham” paired opposite “Guddi Maruti”, why does they always have to be cast “Kiera Knightly” and “Bipasha Basu” respectively. Why do we always hear that some hot diva tying knot to a multimillionaire who is old enough to be her father but not the opposite?

Why do we always primarily look for women who can cook, is beautiful when we go for a match? Why do we look at the guys pay check and not his receding hairline when we go for a groom? Why do even in matriarchal tribes, women are awarded (financially) to bear 12 or more children? Is women a child producing factory? Why do we still commit honour crimes? Why is it that it is always the women who is depicted as the housewife or euphemistically called home maker and man the bread owner?

Now, the point to ponder is inspire of being, a so called, modern society, the position of women has remained more or less the same over the centuries, only our hypocrisy, has grown and so the, depiction of the women ( read “inferior sex” ) has become much more subtle. The women still, and still, remains, essentially an object of “carnal desire”. Something that can be manipulated, suppressed and moulded to satisfy every whims and fantasy of the male counterpart. She is still put up to be claimed as a trophy in the male dominated chauvinistic world.

Happy International women's day! Is anyone listening?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey,that was an awesome post..gud to know tat u feel abt this whole issue.u are a good man.
i m totally against such sexual objectification of women.but,its a sad fact tat many women don't even realize tat they r being humiliated..it can be considered once for bar girls and sex workers since they lack money,education and proper upbringing..bt wat abt those who come frm high class families??they need to behave themselves..
this objectification exists in subtle forms too which we generally ignore..lets take example of mr.mallya..he flaunts abt having flying models who,he says,r personally chosen by him..he chose only extremely hot sexy women.and look at wat skimpy skirts they wear..why???wat it has got to do with serving people??but this happens..teachers favour gud looking gals in exams.boys generally like to be wit only sexy babes coz it adds to their prestige..anyways..i think i wrote way too much..

falcon said...

for once we are at the same side of fence... "shikha", sorry i took the liberty of shortening ur blog name..
Couldn't agree with u more.
As for my being good man u r entitled to have ur own opinion...
but remember appearences are often deceptive...

Anonymous said...

yeah,she appeared pretty innocent in some snaps..but ahem ahem..we know how she actually was,don't we?..well she isn't even worth discussing abt..so lets end it here.

rishabh said...

celebrating a day to respect a women is not a bad idea......... As it is majority of Indians never respects women and top the list of crimes against women. Atleast women can feel to bepart ofthis male dominated society once a year.

We as a youth want India to be the superpower in the world but unless we bring change in our attitude we cannot prosper. It is very essential that we should stand against any form of social evils that is existing for years in our so called modern society.

falcon said...

i notice a hint of sarcasm in ur statements....

Poonam said...

Yeah, you are right..we never get to see a John with Guddi Maruti...people look for virgin, fair skinned gal who can cook..that's sad..but changing, falcon,..this country is full of paradoxes..For every woman who celebrated woman's day there must be 1000 for whom nothing has changed.

Regards,
Poonam
www.alchemistpoonam.wordpress.com

falcon said...

gud to see feel the post reflects reality btw do ya ever blog abt some not so serious stuff