Now for something a bit serious

I know, I know. This is a light blog, it either rambles or rants. But then once in a while I am allowed to contemplate a bit too, right?

Anyways, it’s stale news that I am addicted to blog hopping. In fact, its like my morning tea, really looked forward to, very necessary to get me started, and if missed, the day doesn’t seem the same. And of course there is a pretty decent chunk of women bloggers in this list. And at some point of time, each one of them has come up with a feminist post. 

I read them, think a bit about the situations they mention, form opinions on whether they are exaggerated or appropriate, and then, well, move ahead. And once, I happened to mention them to The Dude. If I remember right, I said something in the lines of ‘Man, you need to check out those feminist blogs! They are so angst ridden. I wonder why I don’t have such strong opinions on the matter; I am not a feminist at all.’

To which he very calmly responded saying; ‘That’s not true, it’s just that you haven’t faced a situation where you were asked to be a particular way because you’re a girl’. He also added ‘There is a feminist in you wanting to get out!’ Of course, he said this in a humorous way, but it definitely got me thinking if I had any views at all on the matter.

Fortunately, I didn’t have to wait too long too find out. Thanks to this friend I have at work. Now this guy is well educated, well read and has pretty strong views on almost everything under the sun. Which is usually why we have elaborate arguments on the messenger. But the one topic wherein we end up arguing the most is about ‘how women are different from men’. Now just to clarify, this guy never ever says women are lesser mortals, or deserve anything lesser than men. It is a completely different ball game with him.

Try this for a sample. 

‘Women should not work, because they are surrounded by male colleagues, who at the end of the day, can have nothing but lecherous intentions towards their female counter parts’

Seriously, I mean seriously? That is probably the most obnoxious generalization I have come across for any particular ‘category’. And for heaven’s sake, it is ‘all men’ we are talking about here. And which by the way include the said friend too.

Or this.

‘The girl I marry doesn’t need friends of her own. My mother, my relatives are always there, she can talk to them if she wants. Why does she need friends?’

I think this was one thing which had us argue for more than hour. Sad, we were wasting productive time, but I couldn’t help it. The girl doesn’t need friends, and this guy gets to decide that. What if she already has friends? Ah, she will apparently understand that he would rather want her to spend time with his family, and would gradually realise that this in fact, makes her happier. He has said this.

Oh there are many more gems like these. ‘Why do women have to wear skirts, or sleeveless tops, it’s so embarrassing!’ And ‘Women should know what a good time for them to go out is, what makes them think they walk on the middle of the road at 12 in the night?’ Oh, and this was just after the New Year’s Eve molestation issue that had happened in Mumbai. Of course, that meant another non-productive day at work for me, but could I help it?

Obviously, I happen to be and do every single thing which women in his opinion are not supposed to, atleast the sensible, good ones. And he never hesitates to say that, while emphasizing that it’s nothing personal. That very thing should probably put me off, and make me give up. What surprised me however was the level of irritation and anger statements like these generated in me, though what he thought affected me in no way. For some reason, I kept empathising with this imaginary girl, in hypothetical situations which she would have to face in her life, because she was destined to be with a person like him. And for this reason, I continue trying to convince him. I make blunt statements about how I pity the girl he ends up with, how ancient he sounds, how extremely generic and generalized and baseless his views are, and how what he thinks is being ‘protective’ is ‘oppressive’ in the true sense. I even try being all positive and ask all kinds of ‘what if’ scenarios to do with the girl he marries, hoping that someday he would give it all a thought, and accept what I say, or atleast part of it. I seriously doubt it though. But hey, atleast I gave it a try huh?

Bottom line being, The Dude’s right; I do some views on this, and pretty strong ones at that, only I never had to bring them out, thanks to the freedom I enjoyed all my life. No, I dont derive any fun from all these arguments I keep having, but they definitely did help me. One, they brought out a set of rigid views I never knew I possessed. And two, they make me even more grateful for the life I have.

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20 thoughts on “Now for something a bit serious

  1. Anonymous says:

    Your friend’s views sound awful. I wonder how many such arguments he is going to have with his future wife?

  2. DI says:

    Well he claims she will understand, like I said. And for their good, I am hoping she does! However difficult it seems to others in general.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Who is this moron of a guy in your office ya ?? I’d like to give him some real-life advice !! Which era does he live in, huh?!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Its either that…
    ….or guys who claim they are very broad minded and supportive as far as their female friends are concerned.BUT when it comes to their wives,its a whole different ball game altogether.They then became that guy in your office.

  5. DI says:

    It is a completely different school of thought alright, and the advice bit, I have had no luck so far, he is far too stubborn to accept!

  6. DI says:

    That’s the thing, he is NEVER disrespectful of women, and I am sure he has strong views against oppression also, only the definition varies. For him, all the above opinions are good sense, because women need to be protected. He surprises you by saying he would need to help his wife in the kitchen, or how she gets to choose so-and-so thing. It is the outer world which is bad, and the women, however hard they try, will always need help to be safe in it. Help, in the form of the rules he has.

  7. DI says:

    Re: Its either that…
    Ah, that is something I say to him too, about why it was a different thing when it was about him being friends with all the women around. He has an explanation that if his wife would ask him to stop talking to them, he would!

  8. DI says:

    Hehehe, finally! Never had an oppurtunity before 😉
    Oh this guy is a friend at work, and oh yes, he is interesting. I doubt if I have met anyone more stubborn than him!

  9. Anonymous says:

    My friend once told me ‘Opinions are like @$$h@|es. Everybody has one.’
    Why isn’t it okay for you (or anybody for that matter) to not have an opinion (leave alone a strong one) on any topic. I used to worry too that I had no idea if the Nuclear Deal was good or not? If human cloning was ethical or not? If the pope should be wearing red Pradas or not and so on. But I feel that its okay if I don’t feel strongly about the plight of Tanzanian pig farmers. I have enough things to have an opinion on. My pay, my coworkers, my neighbour’s smelly cooking. As far as my opinion on global crude prices is concerned, my only opinion is its too high for me.
    To paraphrase J.D.Salinger’s Franny, It takes lot of courage to be an absolute nobody.
    (too much????)
    p.s. Why is a woman who feels strongly about women’s right a feminist but a male who wants to stick up for men an MCP?
    – Vik

  10. DI says:

    No clue! I in general, am myself too self involved to bother too, about things that in no way effect me. But yes, when I people give their views on everything under the sun, I do feel that man am I self contained or what!! Not that it changes anything, all said and done, I wonder for 15 minutes instead of working on a report at work, and then I am back to wondering what I should do this weekend, or whether I have enough for shopping a little more, or if I should quit for a better job.
    Like I said – self involved. But once in a while, wondering if it is something weird, being this way, happens! And of course knowing that there are so many of the I-am-all-that-matters-at-the-end-of-the-day kinds just makes it easier to accept.
    Oh, yeah, too much! 😛
    Feminist – some one who believes that men and women are equal
    MCP – One who things men are greater beings
    The day when the women rule the world without a question, we can have a new category of, hmmmm, masculinists? Who can fight for men’s rights? Right now, there seems to be no need!

  11. Anonymous says:

    i second the P.S
    and add to the quote his/her friend once told him/her..”Everyone has one and it stinks.”

  12. DI says:

    No problemo! As long as we know who is supporting what at the end of the day! Sadly, MCs will always have an additional P to them, however much you contend it, and very rightly so 😉

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