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Oct, 28, 2016 By admin Comments
“Being 'empowered' is not the same as being a 'bitch', I am tired of living in a world where women are mostly referred to as a man's past, present or future PROPERTY/ POSSESSION. I'm Ariana Grande: and if that's not interesting enough, don't talk to me. I can't wait to live in a world where people are not valued by who they're dating/married to/attached to, having sex with (or not)/seen with, but by their value as an individual.” ~Ariana Grande. In many cultures around the world, it is believed that a woman needs someone else other than herself to make her happy or to complete her. And that someone else is, SURPRISE!- A MAN! A woman can be enough for a man, but she cannot be enough for herself. And you know what? They are right! Because ladies are fragile human beings, the damsels in distress who need to be reminded time and again that they are fragile creatures. Women are to be kept in a cage and told what to do and what not to do, what to wear, how to sit, how to talk, etc. because we don’t know any better. Once we get into a relationship or we get married, we suddenly, overnight gain mysterious powers that make us wiser than we ever were. We are suddenly able to make important decisions for others like what we should do and what we shouldn’t. But still, we are not wise enough to think for ourselves. Our husband/boyfriend and his family will decide our fate. Some of these things include but limited to: if we can work, if we can wear that one dress that makes us look sexy, if we are fat and if we need to lose weight. The response we get when we disclose to someone we do not want to be in a relationship is quite normal you guys! Thinking we are content with ourselves that we can be in love with our life, with our self and no extra drama to deal with is outright outrageous you guys!! After all, we are wrong all the time, right? We cannot want to make a mark for ourselves in this world. Why? You ask? Because it is a man’s world! This world is run by the men, for the men! No matter how better we are at any work, it will still be a man’s world. We need to be defined by our relationship status. People- MEN, in particular, can do anything they want like go out late at night, stay out all night, be seen in public with different girls, they will be called a STUD. And if women are seen with one single guy out in public, they will be labeled as a SLUT. Why? Because it’s a man’s world, duh! If you haven’t noticed it already, this article is dripping with sarcasm till now. But let’s get serious, shall we? We, millennials put our entire lives on the social media. From where we eat, to where we are going for a vacation, to bathroom selfies, to whom we are dating! And we just don’t stop there. We like to indulge in PDA (a lot). Tagging our better half on something we find cute, sharing pictures, commenting with heart and kiss emojis, etc. I ask you why? Why would you want to be known for a relationship? Don’t get me wrong; I’m not against relationships. I’m against the fact that we ladies make our relationship our priority; when instead we could be making us our priority. When was the last time you had a cup of tea or a glass of wine just by yourself and did the thing that you love to do most? We need to stop acting like it’s a rare thing for a guy to find us desirable. Unless we decide that enough is enough, that we do not want to be defined by a man but our accomplishments this won’t change. SO, what are you waiting for? It’s time to shake this “man’s world” from its core. Go on then!
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Oct, 13, 2016 By admin Comments
Gender roles are no longer a thing. It’s completely fine for a man to take care of the house and cook like Arjun Kapoor’s character in the bollywood movie – Ki and Ka. Similarly, it’s okay for a woman to not know how to operate a gas stove. It’s funny how the society assumes that every female has “kitchen duties”. Why should a woman be the one to clean the house and cook three meals a day? Why can’t a man do that too? Just because the society says so? Why should the expenses of the entire family be on a man’s shoulders? Marriage is a bond where two people are supposed to work on their lives in collaboration.  And a healthy one is where both husband and wife earn as well as take care of the household responsibilities. Even though the literacy rate of both men and women has gone up in India, people consider a woman, who doesn’t know how to cook, a bane. The latest criteria for an Indian daughter-in-law is that she should be literate, have a job and know how to cook too. Okay, we know women are smart and all but not exactly a superhuman, right? Cooking is no less than an art. People who love playing football will obviously turn out to be better players after they get some training because they are passionate about it. Similarly, people who love to cook will definitely be better cooks than the ones who just cook for the heck of it. If something is a subject of graduation, it definitely cannot be a compulsive job for a whole sex. Do you look down upon the guys who can’t cook? Then why expect every girl to be kitchen smart? Yes, we all need home-made food to stay healthy but that is not a woman’s job alone. It’s okay if you’re a woman and you don’t know how to cook. It’s okay to order from outside every other day because you work eight hours every day. It’s okay for your husband to cook meals for you if he likes. There are no rules of idealism. Man created them and can break them too.
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Sep, 28, 2016 By admin Comments
There is no surprise that women are excelling in every field. Having broken glass ceilings, women are now managing executives and CEOs.  We walk together with men in all walks of lives, sometimes even a step ahead. Though men have questioned the leadership skills of women time and again, various studies have proven that women make better bosses than men. Here’s why:
  • Women are better listeners: In a position of power, it becomes essential to listen to your subordinates. Being heard by the employer generates confidence among the employees and also instils a sense of security in them which in turns helps them perform better. Listening skills also helps the company deliver better product to the client as the brief is heard well. Men have a tendency of giving out their opinions as they hear someone talk, whereas women tend to absorb more when someone is talking and keep their options for the end.
  • Women have more patience: A hasty decision can often cause a loss of hundreds of dollars or a trusted employee to a company. Women are less likely to jump to conclusions or make quick decisions. Women have a tendency to analyse a situation deeply before termination a situation. This allows a company to make decisions in their best interest.
  • Women focus on teamwork: Men are often considered to work best alone as opposed to women who work better in teams. Due to their nurturing behaviour they make better team leaders as they tend to take along the options and feedbacks of a team, in contrast to men who are known to direct instructions and rules to the members of the team.
  • Women can multitask: Women have known to be able to focus on more than one task more effectively. Their ability to respond to stimulus quickly and manage a team at the time of a crisis makes for effective leadership skills. This quality not only makes them better leaders but also set an example for the employees.
  • Women have lesser ego: One important trait that sets women apart and makes them better bosses is their ability to set their ego aside. This helps them with their decision making skills and reduces bias in an organization. Lesser ego also means taking criticism better which helps understand client needs better and deliver optimum products.
  • Women have higher emotional intelligence: It has been recognized over time that EQ is equally important as IQ. The emotional quotient creates a better dynamic of understanding and empathising over a certain situation which helps analyse situations better. In order to bring out the best out of employees and create a positive work environment, emotional quotient plays a crucial role.
  • Women have stronger business ethics: Contrary to men, women tend to be more comfortable following rules and this helps a organization under the authority of a woman to function more smoothly. As a leader, it is essential to acknowledge the rights of others to pursuit a fair behaviour. It also helps develop uniformity and develop consistency among the employees.
  • Women handle crisis well: As successful household runners along with being mothers, women have been equipped to handle crises with lesser stress. They have the ability to function and draw reasonable conclusions without panicking. This attribute is extremely helpful in running an organization.
 
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Sep, 21, 2016 By admin Comments
When we hear of this topic, a far away tribe pop in our head. Did you ever think about the practice nesting a little closer to home? In the midst of civilization in our bustling cities of Mumbai and Gujarat is a Muslim Dawoodi Bohra community where women are circumcised with a razor blade without any anaesthesia or medical assistance of any sort. This inhumane practice has been banned by the UN in many African countries but it keeps a fresh track here. The procedure poses a threat to the health of young girls across the community. The danger of infection, bleeding out, other medical complications amongst the stress and trauma of the event with a fear of sexual intimacy and post traumatic stress is just the beginning of an unending list of the torture faced by girls as young as three. Over hundreds of women have tried through the years to get rid of this evil practice but haven’t been able to overthrow the rules of the leaders of the group who command that the customs be followed without hindrance.  It is time we join them in the fight to overthrow this horrible activity carried out in the name of religion. Women have been subjected to torture in the name of custom and religion for far too long, and it is time to recognise that they too deserve to be treated like human beings. Click here to sign the petition and make a difference to the lives of Dawoodi Bohra women trapped in a tradition of torture. Q:  Why do women alone have to be subjected to the burden of religion and go through inhumane practices and for how long?
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Sep, 12, 2016 By admin Comments
Being a feminist in a testosterone driven country is a war in itself let alone standing for your rights! When one talks about a feminist we assume the person in question is a woman. Why does feminism have to belong to women? Why is that women have to fight their battles alone? The advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes is how the oxford dictionary defines feminism. What part of this definition say feminism is by women or even exclusively for women? Feminism fights for equality and not supremacy of women. Why is that women have to fight for themselves? Why can’t men participate in getting equality in the society? Feminism fights for women getting equal rights in a workplace is the same movement that fights for fathers getting a paternity leave. Feminism doesn’t put down men; it helps men be better men. Imagine a world where men can talk about their feelings, where it isn’t looked down upon if a man loves to look. A world where no man is a “sissy” or “isn’t man enough”. In a feminist world it won’t be a man’s job to fend for this family because who cares who is earning? It gives more options to men to choose careers; give them more creative freedom to be a dancer or a nurse without being looked down upon. With more women running workplaces means better work home balance. If feminism talks about not judging women on their physical attributes, it also means men do not have to look a certain way to be “masculine” enough. A feminist world makes for happier people and more successful economies and lets accept a better world to co-exist in. So the next time someone calls you a feminist, instead of feeling offended, ask them why are they not one!  
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Sep, 07, 2016 By admin Comments
India was the first country in the world to adopt an official planning program and family planning has always been a component of the country’s population policy. However, the success in reducing fertility has been sporadic and dogged by controversy. Over the years women have empowered themselves to take the matters of motherhood into their own hands but the situation is quiet contrasting away from the city. It is still a male dominated zone where women have no say in the matters of their own body. Inspite of the government launching awareness campaigns and distributing birth control for free, it is still isn’t being provided in the hands of women. Condoms are the only common method used in the villages. This gives all the power in the hands of the men, leaving women noting more than a object to pleasure men. Women are forced to have children even when they dont want to. Often the desire for male child forces women to give birth a number of times compromising their health and welfare. Various factors cause this situation. Religion and Education being the primary rasons, birth control is still considered as a taboo in major part of the country. In many cases women want to use birth control measures but are stopped by their male partners. According to AHS, 60.7 per cent women do not want more than two children. Contraceptive pill is also a taboo, even in the urban pockets. In an age where the country where women are training to be fighter pilots and girls are being educated in the most remote villages, why are women to able to exercise their right to give birth? In the wake of marital rape and the undying lust for a male child when will the woman be allowed to pop the pill? Q: Shouldn’t the right to birth lie with the nurturer?

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