This article briefly discusses about Feminism and it's current status in India.
|Feminism is a range of social movements, political movements, and ideologies that aim to define, establish, and achieve the political, economic, personal, and social equality of the sexes. Feminism originated in the 19th and early 20th century in the west. Feminist movements advocate women rights like equal pay to eliminate gender pay gaps, ensure access to legal abortions and protect women from crimes like rape, sexual harassment and domestic violence.
In India, feminism is a movement fought for completely or somehow different motives. In India, feminist movements have to deal with the deep rooted cultural stigmas of patriarchy and toxic masculinity. In India, feminism is misconstrued as a “women’s movement” as it originates from the word ‘feminine’ and India being a male dominated society does not fare well with these kinds of ideas.
The idea of feminism in India does not necessarily align with the idea of feminism in the west. For example - Abortion in India is legal until 20 weeks of pregnancy. In the recent years, the feminism movement in India has grown by leaps and bounds. Women especially the working class are becoming more and more aware of their rights at workplaces, etc.
But the down side to the feminism movement comes into play when movements like #metoo start taking an ugly turn. When women start misusing it for publicity, to take revenge against certain men of fame, etc. , therefore resulting in deflating the whole concept behind the feminist movement. Feminism, with respect to India should be more about bringing the idea of equality among the sexes to the women who over the generations and generations of patriarchy have been made to think that they are the lesser gender.