Since our birth, we witness the patriarchal mindset of our society that constantly keep telling us how men are superior to women! How men can do a lot of things that women can’t! How men are stronger than women! How only men can carry the family name forward and so much more!
But, while there are many things that men can apparently do better, there are many things that women can do, but men can’t – like giving birth to a child! If a man is born from a woman, then how a man can be superior and woman be inferior?
Why does our so-called educated society fail to understand that nature created man and woman differently without making one better than the other? Nature gave some gifts to men and some to women. Those gifts may be different but that doesn’t mean one’s gifts are better than the other.
And, how women could be inferior when they are the ones giving birth to men! The human race’s very existence begins in a woman’s body. So, if a woman, out of whom a man is born, are inferior, how could men be superior?
It is so disappointing that treating women as an inferior or second-class citizens is so much prevalent in our Indian society. Be it at our homes or at our workplace, many men don’t leave a chance to treat women as second class citizens. The prevalent toxic masculinity even makes the life of strong and independent women miserable. It just doesn’t let men treat women as equal partners!
While many women are raising their voices; striving hard to stand for their dignity, toxic masculinity is still the main force prevalent in our society. Because of our regressive mindset, we label masculine attitude and values as strong whereas feminine attitude is considered as weak and vulnerable.
But, it is not just men. Even women themselves treat other women inferior to men. How many daughters-in-law are miserably treated by their mother-in-law and sister-in-law? When women themselves don’t regard the other women as equal to men, how could we even expect it from men?
Our society not only makes women feel inferior, it rather makes even the family of women feel inferior. Parents of the bride are made feel inferior by the parents of the groom! The reason why so many parents cry at the birth of their daughter is that they feel society will treat them as inferior.
Men and their parents suffer from such a superiority complex that even in the 21st century, they don’t hesitate from demanding dowry. They don’t hesitate from abusing women – physically, mentally and emotionally!
As 21st-century women demand respect and equality, our patriarchal society is making every attempt to silence these voices. But, our society needs to change because these voices will become louder and louder. Women are done being treated as inferior citizens. They will keep fighting for their rightful place in society.