BOYS DON’T CRY.
By – Sushmita Mukherjee
Patriarchy in India is a major problem . It is adulterated by the caste-class nexus to a great extent. Now, We’re in the 21st century. But still there are people in existence who say, “Yes, Men can do it and women can not”. These stereotypes are the preconceived notions that define how a woman and man should act in society. Evidently, we’re in the 21st century, but it doesn’t seem true that everyone has equal rights for most of the women and girls facing gender discrimination.
We have regarded women as the guardians of dharma and transmitter of patriarchal values. Moreover, many consider Manu smriti responsible for the atrocities on women in the post-Vedic period. There are several translations in Manu smriti that discriminate women. One amongst those is :
Women pay no attention to beauty, they pay no heed to age; whether he is handsome or ugly, they make love to him with the single thought, ‘He’s a man’. This is one saying from Manusmriti . There’re many more which discriminates women . This social opprobrium of the women continued with Manusmriti suggesting that women should concentrate on the tasks they are good at i.e., bearing and rearing the progeny.
People these days have become so much exaggerated in discriminating women over men and vice versa. For example ,we in this society don’t let boys cry and say, ‘Don’t cry like a girl’. Boys, in general too, have emotions and there’s nothing to compare with women with the stereotyped mindset. But why is this differentiation on the basis of gender? Gender discrimination is something that needs to be taken care of.
We’re in the 21st century and it’s prime time to say A BIG STOP to prejudice and encourage gender equality over patriarchy.
Graphic Designer- Udhaya Kumar.