Women are empowered to be suspicious of the world they live in, especially their own fathers and brothers who contribute greatly to their upbringing. But have you ever wondered why do women have to be wary of everyone?
Violence against women is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between men and women, which have led to domination over and discrimination against women by men and to the prevention of the full advancement of women. Crimes against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which women are forced into a subordinate position compared with men.
Raised to be wary of everyone and everything, women are vulnerable to the world around them until they learn on their own how to protect themselves. Sadly, the only way in which women can thrive is by freeing themselves from patriarchy and fight the misogynist world they live in. But, it is a necessary struggle and one that has already taken a lot of vigilance to win, despite how deadly it might appear.
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The feminist or often misinterpreted as the anti-men persona is starting to emerge because women are starting to realise that their lives have been manipulated by men who have in the past and still continue to be the dominant force in controlling, subduing and even harming women. They are naturally distrusting, especially of men. As they grow older they become even more cautious, which can lead to tensions within a marriage.
Women and misogyny
According to a report by The New Indian Express, the need of the hour is to bring reforms in the system to prevent atrocities against women. Andhra Pradesh Mahila Commission Chairperson V Padma has stressed the need for bringing reforms in the system to prevent atrocities against women. She said that Government agencies and private organisations should strive hard for bringing respect to women in society.
While women may seem limited in their opportunities and possibilities, the truth is that they are thriving, disappointing the MRAs or Men’s Rights Activists. Even then, there is still a lot of work to be done to have equal opportunities and treatment. But we have already come a long way, with many more miles to go.
Maya Angelou’s “Still I rise” and “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” details her childhood and the racism she faced in society, but also tells of her strong determination to be successful despite obstacles. The poem declares that everything can be overcome through self-respect and confidence. Likewise, Yashica Dutt’s memoir, Coming out as Dalit is about the struggle of the author with her identity, the discrimination she faced and the events that resulted in her coming out as a Dalit woman. The work is Dutt’s personal story of her life as a Dalit woman is one of how she navigates herself while aspiring for a life that has been ingrained in her as only belonging to the “upper caste.”
The views expressed are the author’s own.