A country so diversified it houses many religions, caste, and cultures. We are developing faster than any other country in the world yet somewhere our mindset is still on the grounds.
We have made historical achievement in terms of space and technology that no other world could have done so far. We dream of digital India but who couldn’t modernize our thought process. We stereotype our very own people, deprive them of the rights they have got too. Below are mentioned some of the common stereotypes based on Gender Just when we thought that gender discrimination vanished, another problem arose. Both the opposite genders have been indulged in tarnishing the image of each other.
1. All men are rapists: The country has reported uncountable numbers of rape over the years which set a notion that all men are potential rapists and waiting to dive on any girl or woman they find. It is true, not every man is sick enough to tease you in the public or whistle when you pass by. There are men who would not even bat an eye at you let alone the chances of committing a heinous crime. Moreover, more than tons of rape cases register against men are false. It is time to stop blaming the whole male community just because a few bunch of men chose to go retard.
2. Men do not want equality: Indian society has been patriarchal since existence and is male dominated that so doesn’t mean they don’t support equality. In fact, they themselves strive hard to provide equal rights to women. The protest for equal rights for women had innumerable males participating. You should not be overlooking the hard work done by men for women’s right.
3. Men are demons: In this section, we are going to cover all the little being stereotype about men. Not all men indulge in domestic violence. Statistically speaking, the number of in-house violence against men are about the same as against women. Its just men are considered socially strong and that stigma prevents them from speaking up openly. They are prone to sexual harassment and they also fall prey to a bunch of evil women. It is a fact that 60% of reported rape cases against men are false. They are vulnerable to the law protecting women and cases have been heard where women are found using the same law against men, wrongly.
4. Women belong to home only: Since early ages, our society has confined women to house only for household work and raising children. ‘Your place is in the kitchen only’ they say. It was considered their only role. But, with the awareness, they have broken the barriers of discrimination and are walking heel to heel with men. The low mindset still remains in practice restricting modern women. Those who chose to say otherwise are stereotyped by the others. No way women belong to home only, they have an equal and important part to play.
5. Marriage with Parent’s choice only: The era our parents lived in was something else, they still live up to old ethics and ideals. They force their choice on their daughters as they are some sort of property. Even in 2017, women are forced to marry whoever their parents tell them to. Female should be left with their own choice when it comes to marriage. Our parents have lived their lives and it is time for us to live ours.
6. Do not forget you’re a woman: Perhaps the most common and likewise annoying sentence women get to hear on regular basis. You can’t get a drink with your friends because don’t forget you are women, really? thanks for telling us we didn’t know. Why women are considered less than men, why we are only secondary, why we can’t do things we can but due to restrictions and stereotyping we don’t. It is the time they stopping telling us how to live the lives we inherited. It’s time we accept women are just as primary as men.
We don’t stop there. We do not hesitate to freak out people based on their native lands such as people from north east often regarded as ching chong or chinki which not only hurts the sentiment but also makes them feel alienated. There is a whole different story to people belonging to south India, generally, all are tambi or madrasi. C’mon I thought we were better than this. We don’t even stop shaming people from our country. It isn’t our last halt for weirding our people, another space of discrimination are faced by the people of lower caste. (First, I don’t see any reason for categorizing people, being human should be enough) Newspapers and news channels generally are flooded with news of upper caste beating people from the lower caste and so on.
We might be developing faster than other countries but our age-old practices remain the same. It is time we change our perspective towards are our brethren and sisters. It is time we unite under a nation and let those who divide rest in peace.