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I am not a FEMENIST!0

I am not a FEMENIST!

I don't want males to have unfair advantage, I'm a feminist. I don't want females to have unfair advantage, I'm a feminist. I don’t believe in patriarchal society, I'm a feminist. I don’t believe in matriarchal society, I'm a feminist. I want to work, study and drive fast, I'm a feminist. I want to ride a bike, without it amazing or stealing stares from everybody. I’m a feminist. I neither want to watch sexist movies, nor do I want to laugh at gender biased jokes, I’m a feminist. I don't want to blend in the background of someone else's life, I'm a feminist. I don’t want to change by name, my identity for someone else, I’m a feminist. I don’t want to go live in someone else’s house, I want a house of my own, I’m a feminist. I don’t want to depend on anyone for my daily bread and butter, I'm a feminist. I want to be independent, I'm a feminist. I don’t want to be a small part of someone’s life, I'm a feminist. I want to have my own identity, I'm a feminist. I don't want to be "Mrs." so and so, I'm a feminist. I don't want to work for HIS family business, I'm a feminist. I want to have my own family business, I'm a feminist. I don’t want to ask someone whenever I want something, I'm a feminist. I want to support and help my family for as long as I want, I'm a feminist. I don’t want to be treated “like a son”, I just want to be your child, I’m a feminist. I don't want to marry, I'm a feminist. I want to marry and work together, I'm a feminist. I want to decide if and when to marry, I'm a feminist. I want us to be equal parts of each other’s life, I'm a feminist. I believe marriage is an EQUAL PARTNERSHIP between husband and wife, I'm a feminist. I don’t want him to be the sole reason of my existence, I'm a feminist. I don’t want to call my husband my god, I’m a feminist. I don’t want to be saved by a humongous male deity, I’m a feminist. I don’t agree that to honor goddess I need to refer them as a male, I’m a feminist. I don’t want you to raise me to a pedestal and pray to me, I’m a feminist. I don’t want a mother’s day, a daughter’s day, a women’s day, I’m a feminist. I don’t want you to be chivalrous, I’m a feminist. I don’t want you to pay for me, I’m a feminist. I don’t want to be your punching bag, I’m a feminist. I don’t want to be a doormat, I’m a feminist. I want to enjoy my life, I'm a feminist. I want to decide if and when I want children, I'm a feminist. I don't want kids, I'm a feminist. I want to work although I am a mother, I'm a feminist. I think women are no "baby producing machines", I'm a feminist. I want food-'the basic need of HUMANS' not to be denied to anyone based on gender, I'm a feminist. I don't want to cook, I'm a feminist. I want to eat, drink, sleep; whatever, whenever and wherever I want, I'm a feminist. I want to wear whatever I want, I'm a feminist. I don’t want to care how short or how long my dress is, I'm a feminist. I like my hair short, I'm a feminist. I don’t want to apply makeup and wear jewelry; or maybe I do, I’m a feminist. I don’t want to look all pretty and kempt, I'm a feminist. I want to sit and walk however I want, I'm a feminist. I don’t want to be stared at 24X7, I'm a feminist. I believe inner beauty is more important than outer beauty, I’m a feminist. I don’t want my fate to be decided when I am still a fetus, I'm a feminist. I don’t see women as mere beautiful sex objects, I'm a feminist. I see women as intellectual human beings, I'm a feminist. I want to roam freely on streets, I'm a feminist. I object to children both male and female being molested by their relatives or otherwise, I'm a feminist. I want all the rapists to be hanged till death, I'm a feminist. I don’t believe it is rape victim’s fault, I'm a feminist. I find it ridiculous when these offenders say “she was asking for it”, I'm a feminist. Oh oh oh, I can think, I'm a feminist. Am I breathing?? Then for sure, I'm a feminist. I want to express my views without the tag of feminist attached to it, I'm a feminist. I want this world to be better place to LIVE in, I'm a feminist. I believe the all HUMANS have equal rights, I'm a feminist. I find it insulting that I have to make people understand equality, I'm a feminist. I find the notion that I have to fight for something which should have been my natural right, I'm a feminist. I find the language very sexist, I'm a feminist. I don't want dictionary to have a special word for equality between men and women, I'm a feminist. I believe the term equality is enough, I'm a feminist. I feel the term feminist is derogatory, I'm a feminist. I feel feminist is the most sexist term to be coined, I'm a feminist. I want to shout, cry, laugh, speak, dance, sing, jump, walk, run, swim, yawn, stretch, move, smile, frown, turn, bend, wake up, sleep, eat, drink, exercise, not exercise, have fun, study, work, do whatever the hell I want, without being judged, questioned or stopped, I'm a feminist. I don’t want to be known just as a daughter, sister, wife or a mother, a women in a man’s life, or a women behind a man’s success, I want to be known for me, I'm a feminist. I don’t want to be prisoner in a huge mansion, I don’t want to be a slave in a fancy house, I don’t want to follow instruction, I want to make my own decisions, I'm a feminist. I don’t care what others think, I don’t want to be blindfolded and be led by a man, I want to pave a way of my own, I'm a feminist. I want to explore, I want to travel and not sit at home, I'm a feminist. I don’t want to be suffocated in my own home, I’m a feminist. I want to be me and not others want me to be, I'm a feminist. I want all the sexist notions that says otherwise to be abolished, I'm a feminist. I just want to be another human being, I'm a feminist. I say, stop this madness now! Stop calling me a feminist, I am just a human who wants to breath, I don’t want riots, I don’t want protests, I just want you to respect me as a human being. Just call be my name and understand equality, don’t call me a radical, a maverick or a rebel, I am just another human being, I am a feminist. I say, I am NOT a feminist. But they say, I'm a feminist!

Equality

Everyone & Everywhere0

Everyone & Everywhere

In a fight between countries, religion and castes, In an altercation over auto fair, In shortage of a loo, In the humiliation of political party, In the insecurities of a poor, In the boasting of a brat, In the ditches, In the riches, In the darkness, In broad daylight. In a dispute over land, In a saaree or a burka, In a jeans or a skirt, In this moment, A GIRL IS GETTING RAPED SOMEWHERE.

Women Empowerment

5 Ways Goverment Sabotages Women's Progress [infographics]0

5 Ways Goverment Sabotages Women's Progress [infographics]

Forms and Guardianship Lets start with a seemingly ‘minor discrimination’ - Forms. Yes, forms. As you may have noticed, most form ask if you are son of, daughter of or wife of someone. And that someone has to be a male. There is no - ‘are you husband of someone’. NO! It’s always wife of. Although it may have been for documentation purposes, when “house-wives” did not have any other existential proof. However, now everyone has identification such as aadhar cards, voting id, bank accounts, this method is no longer needed. There are marriage licence for census purpose and if still the government for some reason thinks its necessary, why not do it as “husband of” as well? This kind of discrimination may seem minor but it just shows the general thinking of the society and the government. Women should not be seen as daughter of or wife of someone but as an individual. The repercussions of this is not only limited to the humiliation of filling these forms, but also reflects on not only the way society thinks but also, how government makes laws and policies. For example, a father is considered the ‘natural guardian’ of a child, even though in majority cases the custody of a child is given to a mother, because I guess she is the ‘natural parent’? The women, however, is not considered “equal guardian” of the child! So, a field in the form is not just that, it is much more, it is a representative of every way in which the government thinks of women as lesser than males. Personal Religious Laws In idea, we have the right to equality, we have unity in diversity but in law we only have diversity. Every religion, has it’s own personal law and each of them is discriminatory to women in their own ways. Recently, equality took a huge victory with the abolishment of triple talak, but there is still a long way to go.    5 Ways Goverment Sabotages Women's Progress For example, in Hindu inheritance law, a if a women dies and have no husband and children, her property goes to the parents of her husband and not her own parents, in absence of a will. This is applicable even if she was ill treated by her in laws. Contrary to this, women has no right on husbands assets in case of a divorce, so basically, even after years of marriage, a divorced women can be potentially homeless. Similarly, according to Parsi law, a non-Parsi wife or widow cannot inherit. Children of a non-Parsi wife and Parsi husband have the right to the property, however, children of Parsi wife and non-Parsi man have no right to the property. Polygamy (no polyandry by the way) is allowed for Hindus in Goa. Yes, there is no bound to the discriminatory and non-secular policies and laws, in this secular and republic nation. Child marriage laws Another gem of the government law, is illegality of child marriage, so to marry a child is wrong but – ta-da – to stay married to a child is NOT illegal. So, unless, someone or the police does not intervene before the nuptials, there is nothing anyone can do about it. The disparity in the legal age of marriage – 18 for women and 21 for men, itself shows the thinking behind law making. Older men should marry young women, isn’t it? So, a 18 year girl cannot marry her boyfriend if she wants, but a 8 year old can stay married to an 80 year old! Rape laws Although the laws on rape has been made stringent since the Delhi Gang rape case, the follow through and other laws which render these laws useless, still have strong hold on the constitution of India. One of the examples, was demonstrated in the point above, the rape of a ‘married child’ is not illegal, as the marriage is not illegal once this is done. That shouldn’t matter right? As rape is rape, how does it matter if someone is married or not? Turns out, it matters, marital rape is not recognised in India. Not only that, the rape of separated spouse carries less sentence. This means, if a woman is raped repeatedly for several years in a forced marriage, and somehow finds the strength to file for divorce, and separate from her husband, who then again rapes her, not only the years of torture will not be counted, but also, the subsequent rape will carry less sentence. Where is the justice in that? Outrageous! Female Taxation Did you know that kumkum, bindi, sindur and semen, yes, semen is exempt from the GST but sanitary napkins have a tax of 12% whereas tampons have a tax of 18%. So I guess every child needs the former but they don’t the latter. The former is basic necessity, as every female needs to be a traditional Hindu wife with kumkum and sindur, and in case her husbands is infertile, she can perform her ‘natural duties’ of being a mother, by buying semen GST FREE! But, a girl has to stop going to school as soon as her period starts , (may be according to patriarchal thinking) to perform her ‘natural duty’ as a mother, at the age of 10. Morever, in the GST council meeting, taxes were reduced from 178 items, this included, a 13% reduction (from 18 to 5%) in Tamarind kernel powder and ‘mehendi paste in cones’, OFFCOURSE! But not women hygene products, which further highlights the mentality behind the law making in this country! Sanitary pads, are the basic necessity of living a civilised life, the overall cost of leading a human life should not be so high, and should not have tax applicable on it. Just imagine sitting in a room with your clothes soaked in blood for days, and you will realise how inhumane these laws are. #taxOnBeingWomen #taxDiscrimination TLDR: The government may not be actively seeking to sabotage the female population of India, but they have to realise that the laws are archaic and discriminatory, some of them have lost their meaning and some of them are just cruel! These laws and practices needs to be challenged and changed. These laws in combination with the wage gap for the same job, makes sure that women’s saving and hence her quality of life and chance to progress in the world is jeopardize. While some politicians may give vague statements in the support of this equality, the truth of the matter is no action is been taken. The result of this is that even basic necessity such as sanitary napkins and right not to be raped are not available to young girls due to which many of them have to stop going to school and hence are systematically being made into ‘typical docile house wives’, with no prospects and no happiness. Every human being, male, female or others, should have the right to decide, right to prosper and be happy. For that to happen, this outrageous systematic discrimination needs to stop and laws and policies needs to change, NOW!! #equality #systematicAbuse #crimesAgainstWomen #lawDiscrimination #changeTheGovernance

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