Feminism Fodder

International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day. Which begs the question: Do we really need a separate day for women?

Yes we do.

Because we still need to educate the world…

…that it is not a woman’s fault if she is raped. [Link]

…that it is not a woman’s fault if she is groped. [Link]

…that there is nothing wrong with a woman who chooses to be single. [Link]

…that there is nothing wrong with a woman who chooses to not have children. [Link]

…that it is okay if a woman has chosen to get divorced. [Link]

…that daughters are just as good as sons. [Link]

…that just because a woman may wear what she wants to attract admiring looks, doesn’t mean she wants to be touched without permission. [Link]

…that a woman who is assertive and knows what she wants is not necessarily a bitch.

…that terms like “cat-lady” and “spinster” are derogatory and there is no male equivalent. [Link]

…that a widow’s life doesn’t have to end once her husband dies. [Link]

…that a woman who likes to have sex is not a slut. Especially when a man doing the same is considered a stud.

…that a feminist is not a man-hater. [Link]

…that if a woman chooses to sleep with a man, it doesn’t mean she has given him and his friends permission to film it. [Link]

…that if a woman chooses to drink and smoke, it doesn’t make her any worse than a man doing the same.

…that  if a woman gets drunk, it is not an open invitation to have sex with her. [Link]

…that a woman who works full-time despite having children is not a bad mother. No matter what the ‘experts’ say. [Link]

…that a woman who is a stay-at-home-mum by choice is not a curse on woman-hood. [Link]

…that women do not need to be isolated when menstruating on a monthly basis and are not ‘impure’. [Link]

…that genital mutilation of girls is not acceptable. [Link]

…that a husband or boyfriend does not have the right to hit his wife or girlfriend. [Link]

…that without women, the world would not exist. After all, men can’t continue the human race on their own!

So yes, we still need a day to let the world know that equality does not yet exist for women in several parts of the world. While things are getting better, we still have a long way to go. To accept women as they are rather than judge them for every single thing.

Until next time,


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  • Gangubai
    8 March 2012 at 7:37 am

    This is a comprehensive listing of the issues women face on account of gender. Thanks for the links

    • Psych Babbler™
      8 March 2012 at 8:45 am

      We still have a good way to go before we can achieve equality Gangu…and definitely a lot more education is required!

  • Spaceman Spiff
    8 March 2012 at 8:55 am

    Women can never be equal to men. Why lower ourselves to that level? 🙂

    • Psych Babbler™
      8 March 2012 at 9:30 am

      ROFL Spiffy! Fair enough…you’ve got a point! 😀 My bad!

  • Towards Harmony
    8 March 2012 at 9:54 am

    Great stuff!!
    I wanted to write a IWD post but was unable to find any interesting ideas! You did a good job of summarising all the issues in the struggle for gender equality!

    • Psych Babbler™
      8 March 2012 at 10:02 am

      I couldn’t think of what to write at first TH…somehow this struck me! Happy IWD! 🙂

  • R's Mom
    8 March 2012 at 11:55 am

    Super…I loved the fact that you went through the effort of getting a link for each of the point…Super like!

  • Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu
    8 March 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Wow! I never realized before that women are judged about practically EVERYTHING! Being a housewife translates to “you are lazy”! Being a career oriented woman means you are selfish! Wearing attractive clothes means you’re asking for trouble! Not wearing attractive clothes means you’re plain & dull! If you have premarital sex, then you’re a slut! If you don’t, then you’re such an old-fashioned prude! Basically, whatever you do, it’s wrong somehow! Amazing! And then they have the nerve to say that *women* are complicated!

    • Psych Babbler™
      9 March 2012 at 10:06 am

      Exactly Chicky…damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Problem is, women also judge women in this manner!

  • subhorup dasgupta
    8 March 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Wow, that was a lot of things that had not struck me earlier. The extent to which almost all aspects of social existence is gender biased is amazing. I think teaching our kids to see beyond gender, and to develop greater respect for the interplay of masculine and feminine energies in order to find harmony and balance is the way forward.

    • Psych Babbler™
      9 March 2012 at 10:15 am

      Welcome here Subhorup! You are right…we need to see beyond gender with respect to a lot of things. I know biologically men and women will always be different but there are some things where the bias needs to cease!

  • Bikramjit
    8 March 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Happy womans day TODAY and every other day of the year too.. when that happens that will be the DAY ..


    • Psych Babbler™
      9 March 2012 at 10:16 am

      Exactly Bikram…hopefully there will be a time when we just celebrate humanity every day because all this discrimination will cease…but then again, maybe I’m being too hopeful!

  • Archana Chari
    9 March 2012 at 3:28 am

    First time here! Brilliant post 🙂

    • Psych Babbler™
      9 March 2012 at 10:16 am

      Welcome here Archana! Thanks and keep visiting… 😀

  • Magali
    9 March 2012 at 9:45 pm

    A very lovely post with relevant links that I will be bookmarking. Thank You! You made the day even more special & important with this post, IMHO.

    • Psych Babbler™
      10 March 2012 at 5:17 am

      Thanks Mags! Humbled by the comment… 🙂

  • Upasana
    10 March 2012 at 5:51 am

    How true! I completely agree with your viewpoint.I hate the fact that woman’s day is now just a day for women to get pampered by their husbands or boyfriends.The entire meaning of it is lost.Lovely post! And great links!

    • Psych Babbler™
      11 March 2012 at 12:05 am

      Upasana,I cannot believe some women are using this day to get pampered! Isn’t that what V-day or Mother’s day or birthdays are for??? IWD was so not for women to be pampered or indulged! Gah! Thanks for the lovely comment…

  • banti
    26 March 2012 at 7:49 am

    -Good piece of information.

    • Psych Babbler™
      26 March 2012 at 9:06 am

      Welcome here Banti…glad you liked it! Hope it was useful…

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