Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Women's Day

The Tamil television channels are today screaming about the "International Women's Day" and about how women have changed, and are changing themselves and the future. Ok, the need for the change is understood and so is the fact that people are changing. But is this change enough? Have we really attained a state where women are treated equal to men in our society?
While contemplating over all these questions, my eyes fell upon the ad in "The Hindu". The ad, obviously given by the government itself, states the achievements in the past year like funding the Shakthi SHGs, scholarship to rural girls, and the like. Good moves I should say. But the ad starts with the lines, "Woman... is the symbol of tolerance, sacrifice & affection". Is this the image that the women want for themselves? I don't think so. Even when Sushmita Sen won the coveted miss universe award with her answer, "A Woman is someone who shows man what love is", I was not happy with it. Aren't we giving too much of importance to man and identifying the woman's image only as a part of him? Well, atleast these are better than the "Prestige Smart Woman Contest" which has such intelligent questions like "What does Prestige make?"
All these on one side, another article gave me a glimpse of another side to the dice (can't say, "Coin", as I see many facets to this issue). This article is about women taking blogging as a means of a getaway from the traditional boundaries. At the outset the article posed to be one highlighting the rightful needs of the women. But wait a minute, what are all these that follow? A women uses blogging to explain in detail about the various parts of Rahul Bose's anatomy, another to explain about her lesbian life. Whatever I might think about women's independence (sorry, couldn't get a better word), things like these do give me a culture shock.


Blogger Heidi Kris said...

Hi jammy!!! Great to read ur blogs after a long time :)..hey bad that u had been to chennai and u didnt call me [-x....

08 March, 2005 11:22  
Blogger Govar said...

C'mon Ram! Was that a culture shock to Ram-prior-to-IIMI or Ram now? Surely IIMI and marketing classes purged all possible shocks. Didnt they? :)

09 March, 2005 01:32  
Blogger Venkat said...

Ram culture shock ellam enna.. nothin more than what happens here in IIMI righta? and pandas classes govar dun u dare call them not right.. hes god da

09 March, 2005 06:43  
Blogger Jam said...

Hey Ram,
I m sure you also realise that all this has become a part and parcel of our lives and we have to live with it, whether we like it or not. We just make ourselves more miserable, and life a lot tougher by not taking such things in our stride. Just take them at face value and move on.

09 March, 2005 11:05  
Blogger Arvind said...

Hi Ram,
hope ur doing good :-) .. well .. abt Indian women .. they seem to have a problem differentiating between modernization and westernization .. agreed its not easy to draw a straight line .. but then aping westerners aint gonna help :-) .. its up to them to come to coffeeday and still not make a fuss to make kaapi [hey am not aying guys shudnt make coffee here ..] .. 'coz staying away from home i see so many gals hiring cooks ! its not like they SHUD cook .. but its good to learn ..if a balance is struck then nothing like it :-)

23 March, 2005 00:11  

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