Often, girls aren’t allowed to dress according to their will. They are judged, ridiculed and teased when they wear clothes that show skin. They are not allowed to work after marriage. They are expected to carry themselves in a graceful manner. They are supposed to be in the kitchen and look after the children. These are the expectations set for a woman. Females are often not allowed into some places of worship. For example, in a Karthik temple (Shabrimalla), women weren’t allowed to enter. In response to this, some women dressed up as men to enter the temple. In another temple in North India, women had protested against being denied entry. This led the temple into opening the doors for them as well. Initially, females weren’t even allowed to vote but after fighting for their rights, they were given this privilege.
Instances like these show us that feminism is a vital requirement and is bringing change. Unfortunately, some women have also started misusing the name of feminism. They are ill-treating men as they now believe that they are superior and deserve to be. Women who are already treated equally are protesting in the name of feminism. Feminism is required mainly in rural and backward thinking areas. By doing so, we will be able to bring change in the mentality of the people, which is where it is most required.
Written by Jahnavi Banotra of Grade 8C.