Feminism - The Perception of Equality

 What is feminism?

Feminism is a range of social movements, political movements, and ideologies that aims to define and establish the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes. Although largely originating in the West, feminism is manifested worldwide and is represented by various institutions committed to activity on behalf of women's rights and interests.   

'Gloria Steinem' is known as the Mother of Feminism. Traditional feminism developed in the late 1800's through the early 1900's. It was a movement that sought for women to be treated as equal to men. Such political issues included women's suffrage, equal pay, equal employment opportunities, etc.

Now let's ask ourselves that whether we have got that total freedom till now or not. We bring in something called a secular country "India", do u all think so, we are getting this freedom as equal to men? No, we are not. The question is why? 

We have to agree with the matter that some works are there, that only a man is suitable for but it's also true that we need to take up different kind of challenges to overcome the things that are lacking in our society? It's never too late to start something new therefore we still can start working on it and make it better and face the challenges to get our justice. "Be the change to see the change around you!".And the main view of feminism is to change the view of not only men but our whole society of how they treat or see a female or a woman even now and still not ready to accept the changes and ready to flow with the time.  It's been a long time that people have started the feminist community to make a better future. And it's the 21st century but still, they are denying to accept it. Our society or our country has the utmost respect than other countries but still, from the inside, the condition is still deteriorating day by day instead of getting better. 

In the olden days, women were not sent to schools, they were just there to do housework. Most of the girls were married at a very young age. But the question raises here, why only women, and what's wrong with the men? Why nobody teaches them to wash the dishes and do the housework? Why society couldn't normalize a man helping her wife in the kitchen and why it's so hard to accept a woman in an office or somewhere else? 

Still, there are some places where they decide to kill the girl child in the mother's womb. Why don't they understand that girls are blessings and that baby has nothing to do, she doesn't have any fault and she is clueless about what's happening in this world. Even if the family accepts a baby girl, they don't respect the mother anymore but why does this even happens, when the female's body has nothing to do with gender determination? Why our society doesn't accept that gender determination occurs on the basis of the secretion of a male's sperm and there's nothing to do with that innocent mother and child? Besides a girl child are a blessing and not a burden. Then why are girls treated so?  Why a female body has to suffer a lot? Do we all deserve this? 

There are girls who are simply ending their lives just in the hope to get some peace. They are tired of being tortured every moment and they are done with society's criticisms. What are we doing? Let's question ourselves. Why don't we take up necessary action about these things happening in and around us and try to normalize the things that are bothering the peace of mind rather just commenting on them? We can take up action to bring justice, at least we can try to do so. We can put up our strength and raise our voices against these things. But the problem arises because we are just here to talk about it instead of doing something.  We can't do it alone so let's all be united to take up decisions and bring change in society. 

     For example, the fight between the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law is a very common one in India. Just think both of them are women and the mother-in-law who was also a daughter-in-law once upon a time, then why she can't accept the girl, who has left everything behind, just in the hope to make a new family? And why the daughters-in-law are also not trying to make her understand, rather sending her to the old age home? And we have to think about one other important thing which is the dowry system especially prevails in India. They are going to take a whole body and still, they need more but why? The parents are sacrificing their most precious thing of their life, their own daughter, isn't that enough? 

        We all just talking about feminism but truly speaking we have not received it yet completely. It's being seen in the world as women are having all rights and enjoying everything but practically we didn't acclaim it. We are just pretending? If equality does not prevail between the same feminine gender and if there is no understanding lies between the same sex then how we can expect it from the opposite sex. We have to fight for it all together but not alone. And being a woman it all lies in our hands. We are the people who are responsible for the changes but we are seeking them without knowing our role. And most probably, don't schedule the works based on sex. Who said that it's important for a girl to learn cooking and not for the boys? It's we who created the bias in the works and blaming the men as they are not giving equal rights. Actually, it was we who taught them to separate the works and especially they are learning it from their mothers in the family.

The main thing is that a human being is the strongest of all. If someone wants to do something then there's nothing that can stop them but if the same person is not willing to go for it then there's nothing in this universe that can help them. So everyone needs to fight for their own way by themselves.

Be the change to see the change, let's take an individual initiative to bring the change in the society!

By - 

Sujasha Banerjee 


Divya. B.N

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  1. Very nice to listen about equality 👏👏👏😊😊

  2. very nice article to read about equality of gender

  3. This article holds a lot of truth and despite not being Indian, this issue cuts across the globe. It is important to understand that we are all human beings first and everyone deserves honour and respect. We need to really reflect through this and apply it in our individual lives and communities. Kudos to the writers.

  4. factful article about equality......very well penned

  5. sa.re:
    From the three paragraphs I read it sounds like a rant.

    I would say it's a good read but the writing structure could be more polished. The focus on India is appreciable.