September 16, 2013
THE RAPE OF THE 23-year old medical student, Ms. Jyoti Singh Pandey, in New Delhi in December 2012 outraged many around the world. Sadly, for those of us with ties to India, this crime, as horrific and shocking as it was, did not come as a complete surprise. More recently, the same act was [...]
September 10, 2013
I RECENTLY RECEIVED a comment from a reader of another blog I write, stating that she didn’t believe patriarchy was such a menace in America. I read the comment, took a deep breath, and pondered on the gentlest possible way to dispel that notion without mailing her a dossier of statistics. Turns out I didn’t [...]
June 09, 2008
WHEN IT WAS Microsponge Delivery Retin A, announced recently that the first batch of non-Brahmin students were being ordained for priesthood in Tamil Nadu, there was great reason to cheer and celebrate that priesthood has been “officially” thrown open to all the castes and that Brahmin exclusivity was set to break (at least theoretically). But what is disappointing is that all women are denied this right and there is no talk in Tamil Nadu of any legislation, anywhere in the near future, 40mg Microsponge Delivery Retin A, to grant them the right to officiate as priests.
I could branch off into a tangent, right now, right here, 30mg Microsponge Delivery Retin A, and talk about how women are being systematically treated as a caste, and how that in turn leads them to being denied equal rights, Microsponge Delivery Retin A uk, being treated as untouchables, being discriminated against. And this despite the obvious fact that women don’t form a homogenous category except on the basis of their sex, and that not all women are equally disadvantaged, 250mg Microsponge Delivery Retin A. But I will refrain from my urge to track the caste-patriarchy nexus, not because it doesn’t exist, 500mg Microsponge Delivery Retin A, but because the phenomenon of depriving women the right to become priests is a disease that has infested most of the world’s religions.
Religions, whether Abrahamic (Judaism, Islam, Christianity) or Eastern (such as Hinduism) consider a woman to be in a “fallen state” during her periods, Microsponge Delivery Retin A. Whereas religions which grew as a response against caste—which encoded the concepts of purity and pollution—such as Buddhism and Sikhism condemn the practice of considering women “impure” while they are menstruating.
This ancient issue of impurity during menstruation has ensured that women in the reproductive age group are barred from the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala in Kerala. The contentious reasons merit a monstrous tag: the presence of fertile women causes trouble to Ayyappa’s volatile bachelorhood and sometimes the menstrual odour may attract wild animals in the forests through which the pilgrims have to traverse, Microsponge Delivery Retin A canada. New age religious sects haven’t updated their views on menstruation either: Mata Amritanandamayi’s sect runs temples where two women are appointed as priests to a single temple “so that each can keep away for four days in a month, during their menstruation.” (I am unaware of what will happen when the two women’s cycles begin to sync.)
Article 17 of the Constitution of India abolished caste-based untouchability, Microsponge Delivery Retin A japan, but perhaps we need another section/amendment to abolish menstrual taboos. Microsponge Delivery Retin A, Or haven’t our religions heard of “seminal” fluids yet. What is their pollution quotient. Then, if pollution is the problem, Microsponge Delivery Retin A craiglist, will our holier-than-thou holy ones switch over to battery-powered priests. By the way, Microsponge Delivery Retin A us, do these menstrual taboos apply to our goddesses. Are there days in every month when they too begin to pollute the temple.
While these logic-defying practices fall within the ambit of organized, mass religions, local practices fare no better either, Microsponge Delivery Retin A. The Times of India (June 8, 2008, Microsponge Delivery Retin A australia, Chennai edition) carried a report on how a Tamil Nadu state minister had on May 27 inaugurated an ‘isolation room’ for menstruating women in the remote village of Thuvaar in Thirupattur. According to the ToI report, a soothsayer had predicted that rains failed because the village gods were angry that the ‘Muttukuruchi’ system had been discontinued for the past few years. To revive the system of isolating women and young girls on their reaching puberty, the villagers had constructed the cramped eighty square foot isolation room were bleeding women could be banished.
Thousands of years ago, the Mayans believed that menstrual blood changed into snakes used in black magic. It appears that we still hold on to such regressive beliefs and haven’t really come of age yet.
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Diflucan Without Prescription, MAYBE THERE will be a shift some day between the power held by blogs versus mainstream media. For now, no matter how you slice it, the media still rules with its ability to reach critical mass, stir up discussion and engage with citizens in dialogue, Diflucan Without Prescription uk. While blogs like Ultra Violet are doing a bang-up job of articulating what it means to be a feminist in our society, it's mainstream media that's still lagging in using its powers to shatter stereotypes. And often, 200mg Diflucan Without Prescription, their retrograde attitudes spill over onto new media platforms as well. Today, I read a blog post by 'journalist' Sumita Chatterjee on NDTV.com. Sumita tackles a topic that might have been a strong debate for the feminist movement but quickly waters it down with her gutless and facile stance, Diflucan Without Prescription.
Her post talks about her experience among predominantly male journalist colleagues (who need their brains tested, but let's come back to that later) at an X-Box conference, Diflucan Without Prescription overseas. Her colleagues blatantly questioned her presence "What do YOU know about technology?" Not only did Sumita have no rebuttal for the question but she further trivializes the issue with her poor writing skills and colloquialisms. Examples follow:
I said a polite "Hi"
(Would the obnoxious question have been justified if you she had said an impolite 'Hi'?)
I gave him a disgusting glare.
(She means 'disgusted', I hope.)
And so on. Diflucan Without Prescription mexico, Grammar and writing aside, it's her light tackling of the matter that annoys me the most. Diflucan Without Prescription, She talks about how she was on the verge of "giving him a long lecture" but didn't because she saw that the room was full of men.
With my eyes wide open, I gave him a very disgusting glare. My feminist instincts were at its high and I was ready to give the two a long lecture, Diflucan Without Prescription japan. But then I happened to look around the room and found that majority present there were actually men.
I decided to shut up!
Why. Because if more men say it, then it becomes true. Then, as though we are being let in on a giant scoop, she goes on to state,
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, She trivializes this statement instantly with her exclamation mark, revealing that she thinks this is an anomaly. So even the most tech-savvy women should twiddle their carpel-tunnel thumbs until their men bestow upon them the ability to use their advanced minds. But what rankles me most is this statement:
The fact is women take time to understand gadgets, but once they do, 10mg Diflucan Without Prescription, they fall in love with it.
We're slow on the uptake but indulge us and we'll get it.
She ends the post without solidifying in any way her case that many women are tech-savvy but get treated like idiots in gadget stores. Diflucan Without Prescription, Her final words are not those of indignation or empowerment. Instead, Diflucan Without Prescription craiglist, she says:
All you men out there, try gifting a mobile or an ipod to your lady love on her birthday and you will know what I mean!
So despite her humiliating experience she continues to be ambiguous and unable to stand up for what she thinks. (Of course, the assumption is that she thinks that women shouldn't be judged by these superficial means and men need to come out of their stereotype-ridden shells.)
Is this woman really a journalist. Aren't facts and research the weapons that journalists wield, Diflucan Without Prescription paypal. Why couldn't she talk about how many women are in the IT workforce despite the odds (lack of education, unsupportive communities and discriminatory employers). Why couldn't she point to studies that prove women are much better at translating geekspeak into business practices, Diflucan Without Prescription. Or those which reveal that a woman has ways of channeling multiple skills – and can be both technically and managerially sound. 750mg Diflucan Without Prescription, At the very least, why couldn't she stand up for herself and explain to her colleague that he was perpetuating an unnecessary stereotype. I have exhausted myself with questions. The end of this post had me sympathizing with Sumita – she is a victim of her own device. Diflucan Without Prescription, A product of the disease herself.
The ZEE TVs of the world are regressive enough with their bedecked bahus being servile to glaring in-laws. But does a news organization need to reinforce the stereotype. Women in the media, listen up. You have more power than most of us behind the scenes. Use it well. Yes, Ekta Kapoor, I'm talking to you too.
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