Saturday, February 9, 2013

Idiocy and Misogyny are Infinite; Gender, Education no bar

Clearly education and awareness don't go hand in hand. Clearly, belonging to the higher echelons of academic circles doesn't mean one's thoughts and ideas are also more refined and one is more progressive and liberal. Otherwise shouldn't the president of Indian Psychiatric Society be a better judge of how to curb crimes against women than some hyper sensitive right winger having taken upon himself the thankless job of moral policing (which is always sexist)? I'm referring to this piece of news in which the president of Indian Psychiatric Society has prescribed early marriage as the solution to crimes against women!

I had believed that something to do with people per se like relationships, family etc. including public policy and law for the same would always be benefitted by taking into account the suggestions of the mental health community but now I'm disillusioned; physicians may need to treat themselves first when we are talking about women.
I'm aware of history and know how male centric psychology and psychiatry have been, what from Kohlberg and Freud pronouncing females as less moral, to male behavior being the 'norm' in research (just google 'androcentric bias in psychology' and you are set). But coming from a woman, it has shaken me up. I'm disgusted and deep in agony, not so much because there comes another statement that shows our deep rooted misogyny as a people, rather because it comes from a woman psychiatrist.

The gender essentialist approach in medical and allied sciences, coming from under the glasses of patriarchy, is no doubt a deathblow to the fight against violence on women and the efforts of activists to bring about a shift in the patriarchal mindset. What such an attitude parades as 'normal' is that men having 'needs' is to be recognized and given the license to be fulfilled. If a man doesn't have a woman waiting for him at home, it's nomal for him to go molest, even rape, any unfortunate woman he can lay his hands on without the fear of consequences. It's just women who are to be given lessons on self restraint, appropriate and inappropriate conduct, and be ashamed of their sexuality. A woman is of course born to be an object of pleasure. What right does she have to have pleasure herself? Isn't she supposed to be the paragon of virtue? And isn't a man supposed to be proud of his masculinity- an animal desire being one vital component?
At times I wonder what did we all born as women, do in our previous births, to deserve such step motherly treatment from the world....


Read what Dr. Indira Sharma has to say and what others in the field have to say on what she has said HERE and tell me if she herself is not in need of a psychiatrist.


At times it feels like I'm chasing an impossible dream- this female empowerment thing. Is gender equality really a myth? If it's not, and if what I am aiming at is achievable, is it possible for me to see the dream come true, even in a small section of society, before I die? Give me at least that hope to carry on. No matter how good life might be for me personally, it's news reports like this one that suck out all enthusiasm and desire to live.

6 comments:

  1. I agree to all your last 3 articles on feminism.
    India has a culture conflict. Girls from their childhood are never given much space because that is how they have been raised since ages. Too many restrictions are put up... and until and unless kids of such families of present young generation learns not to follow that legacy, even I do not see any change, not at least in the smaller Indian cities.

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    1. Thanks for reading Ashish. You're right in what you've said. We need to filter out the regressive mores in our legacy and culture, and not be afraid of not following them.
      There's a lot that is good in our culture too. We only need to reason with ourselves and judge our values based on universal principles like equality, fairness and justice. When we take an all-or-none approach, we get what we are in the throes of these days.

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  2. i stand by your thoughts...and yes you are absolutely right misogyny is hard to spell or even pronounce but much easier to practice and it's been practiced from ages now...and we shameless creatures are seeing it all through.

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    1. Let's hope and try Anjan by spreading awareness that this generation isn't so tolerant.

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  3. You have been nominated here
    http://beingtwentysrishti.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/the-liebester-award-goes-to/

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    1. That's a huge honor Shrishti! Thanks :) And congratulations to you too..

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