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Being a feminist

Alternatively titled To not think feminism means being entitled in the times of Sheila Ki Jawani/Pour It Up/Insert relevant pop culture song.

Feminism is a dirty word for women of my generation. We snigger and loathe it quietly. Recently my organisation took up the task of workplace gender balance correction with great gusto. The men made in appropriate jokes about recruiting large number of women. But the women themselves? Well some of us were ashamed.

We don’t need special treatment. We are as good as the men aren’t we ? Glass ceiling ? What glass ceiling- the only ceiling I see is made of this nice woodwork.

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And to a great extent it’s true. The lucky few of us who walk down these corridors have had it relatively easy. We have supportive families who gave us whatever they would give their sons, we cleared the right exams, got the right jobs, married supportive husbands, work in bias free environments.

But it still says something if I am still the only woman in a meeting room of 15. And yes and that’s why feminism is not a dirty word. We as a generation reaped the benefits of fight someone else put in on behalf of us. They where separate bathroom for women, gender sensitization courses and paid maternity leaves.

And this is about the maybe 0.001% of us who occupy managerial position in corporate. For majority of the women life hasn’t had this dramatic shift within two generations. But I will reserve my comments about the uphill task of women’s equality for some other day.

I believe in my capacity I can make it easier for women working with me. I can make boss-woman less of a novelty. And most importantly just because I got the handles to compete in less unequal field doesn’t undermine the struggles most of my gender goes through.

From one of my favorite books “How To Be A Woman” by Caitlin Moran

“We need to reclaim the word ‘feminism’. We need the word ‘feminism’ back real bad. When statistics come in saying that only 29% of American women would describe themselves as feminist – and only 42% of British women – I used to think, What do you think feminism IS, ladies?What part of ‘liberation for women’ is not for you? Is it freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man you marry? The campaign for equal pay? ‘Vogue’ by Madonna? Jeans? Did all that good shit GET ON YOUR NERVES? Or were you just DRUNK AT THE TIME OF THE SURVEY?”

Word.

I wrote this years ago. I still find it as relevant now as on that day.

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2014 in life, rant, Uncategorized

 

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Maybe

A close friend’s Gtalk status message

“Maybe some women aren’t meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free till they find someone just as wild to run with them. “

PS: Its from SATC. Thanks Silvara!

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Sadness

What do you do when you are dating a young Grammy winning artist and one of the most desirable woman on the planet?

Keep up the grand old culture of beating them up of course!(Hey, eureka moment, this is a common cultural trait across civilizations?)

On February 8, 2009, Rihanna’s scheduled performance at the 2009 Grammy Awards was canceled. Reports later surfaced regarding an alleged altercation with her boyfriend, singer Chris Brown. Brown has been arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats.

Then TMZ obtained this photo. And of course we are never short of “umbrella..ay..yay..” jokes either.

 

 

 

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Her dad has issues a statement to the effect that he hopes his daughter will stand up for young women all over the world facing such an issue.

I hope so too.

And by and by, yesterday was her birthday.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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