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‘Feminist’ – Know First, Then Claim to Be One.

'Feminist' - Know First, Then Claim to Be One. 4
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So, what is feminism?.Is it analogous to the Jasleen Kaur case that took so much of media attention or Is it limited to the concepts of ”having sex outside marriage” as depicted by Deepika Padukone in her video “My choice”.I don’t think real woman’s definition of feminism will ever be this.The dictionary quotes feminism as “advocating equal rights to women” but let’s highlight how far or how close we are to this matter of fact.

It’s true that every year complaints against dowry case are filed in large number, but true is also the fact that how women misuse Section 498A (a non-bailable and non-compoundable act) just to harass their husband and in-laws. These are women who claim for equal rights in the name of feminism.

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Factors contributing to these forge complaints are:

1.Lack of laws to support such false claims.

2.Biased Media focusing on women’s rights.

3.Immediate strict action.

Even if I say that people do raise their voices but on my personal level, I have seen more people attending to the issue of Rohtak girls or the Jasleen Kaur case than people paying attention to the sensitive case, as in, the Badau Rape case which the CBI declared as a double suicide.Being a female, we can’t deny that still major folk among us live in the non-urban areas and if we really want to take authority over the word “Feminist”, it’s us who have to put our steps to uplift them.

Feminism is not about hating men and going gaga talking about it to people and at the same time asking for favors just because you are a woman.If you know you should be treated equally be responsible enough as a feminist then.

We are not unaware of how Malala Yousafzai in the true sense, depicted “feminism‘ when she blogged BBC about girl’s education at just 11 years old, survived a terrorist attack and championed her own foundation among other accomplishments. Malala’s father was himself an example of a male feminist who was quoted as saying “If we want equal rights for women then men have to step forward.”

Feminism is not about looking down upon the other gender.It’s all about equality.

A feminist film-maker from the US  was recently criticized for making “balanced” men’s rights documentary.Why do people have to blame her?We live in the world where we are so easily influenced by the activities of celebrities or people who make the daily headlines.Here are a few examples which will tell us how they so crystal-clearly are true feminists.

1.Mission Impossible actor Simon Pegg has encouraged men who follow him on twitter to follow Everyday Sexism– a twitter account dedicated to exposing the daily sexism women face.Men, follow @Everyday Sexism to be reminded of the absolute armholes we are all capable of being.

2.Farhan Akhtar launched a campaign “MARD”- Men Against Rape and Discrimination“, he also went to New York as a part of the panel discussion for violence against women.He was quoted saying,”Gender violence and inequality is not just a women’s issue.It’s also a man’s issue.’

3. Amitabh Bachan, the actor of Bollywood is an active supporter of women empowerment.Recently he was chosen as the UN Ambassador for the girl child and looks forward to freeing the country of women discrimination.He also supports the “Bell Bajao” campaign that addresses the issue of domestic violence.

4. On January 29,2009, President Obama passed a bill  “Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act,’allowing women to file equal pay lawsuits against their employers for up to six months after receiving their last paycheck.

Right from the historical period, inequality has always existed among men and women but the concept of feminism have come into light in recent times.Instead of  humiliating or abusing the other sex, lets put genuine and more efficient steps towards creating a balanced life and environment for each other.Let both the pillars, male and female, be standing firm amidst all social, cultural and professional problems.

Anisha Gupta

Written by Anisha Gupta

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