Living in a country like India, (well I am not gonna blame India completely), so yes living in this world in the 21st Century and also India, patriarchy is all I have seen while growing up and even more so as an adult, and old enough to recognize it.
I live in a country where women are supposed to know all the household chores as soon as they come out of the womb. Nobody bats an eye if a woman is going crazy, trying to juggle house and work together. But I do get to hear phrases such as, “Look at him, even though he is a boy, he helps out his mom so much”. Because obviously, he is not supposed to help out his mom at all but he is an amazing boy that he did so. But a girl does not have a choice. If she cannot cook, most likely she will remain unmarried.
A boy is asked to learn how to wash utensils because how else will he survive in the progressive world that we are going to become and how will he manage to live with a wife who won’t have such things in her house. Maybe a little better, but even now the reason is not this that he should learn to do it because it is correct, because it is his duty as well. He is just a victim who has to step up his game because girls are progressive nowadays.
Mom takes care of everybody’s needs. She is asked to cook various things because that’s what all the people in the house demand. But maybe it is ok, dad works and mom takes care of the house. But what about in the lockdown? Nobody is working anymore, but now mom is supposed to take care of everybody 24*7 (which used to be less earlier, thanks to schools and offices), and also entertain them because they are getting bored in the house.
Even if mom is not feeling well, she has to manage the work on her own. Nobody steps up, maybe her children but definitely not her husband because he is the man of the house and he is entitled to get all his needs fulfilled, whilst sitting on the chair all day long.
If a girl gets married and wants to stay with her maiden family for a couple of months, she has been blessed with a very good husband because he “let” her do this. Because obviously, now that she is married, he and his family have a right on her and they can refuse that she is not supposed to stay with her family for a long duration.
When series such as “Indian Matchmaking” use phrases like “you have to be flexible”, “compromise a little”, “girls have to adjust”, they definitely hit home because this is all I have heard while growing up. You are a woman and you have to be more understanding if you want to make a marriage work. Obviously two people have to be understanding to make something work but I, being a woman, have an added responsibility on me to stay quiet at times, to just nod my head and agree with the other person in order to save my marriage.
If a girl is short tempered, the phrase used is “she is like a man” because usually it’s men who have a short temper. Or have you wondered that a lot of short tempered women had to learn to keep the anger inside and allowed all the men to show this side, because again, men are entitled to do so?
I am not okay with this, and I know a lot of women and men are not okay with this as well. But nobody speaks up. Because we don’t really know what to do. If a girl voices out such things, she is called a feminist, by people who clearly don’t understand what this term means, and it’s said that she is being too aggressive. She is told to shut up and told that nobody, especially the family of the boy she’ll marry, will put up with such behavior.
This is not a rant about marriage, or in any way trying to undermine that guys do not have problems or are not judged by the society. I am sure that is true and many of those problems are a direct result of the patriarchal system that surrounds us. But enough with this. If remaining unmarried is how it’s gonna be, then be it. But I do not want to be a part of something that I detest so much. And I am not going to set a wrong example for the coming generations, that look at that girl, she adjusted and had a happy life, where maybe I might not have been happy at all.
12 thoughts on “Patriarchy”
Yes very less people talk about this!! Proud that you raised your voice! Amazing one👌 Hope this will not happen with our and upcoming generation!
Thank you! 🙂 Yes hope that our generation will bring forth some good change !
It’s good to talk on these issues and especially about the wrong concept of feminism. I don’t know it happened in your life or just writing someone’s point of view, but things have changed and nowadays people have understood the woman side also in pre-marriage & post-marriage.
Being a boy, yes I learned household works cause you to live away from home for my work and I do that in the lockdown also. Even on the weekend, we give our mom a holiday and cook meal for the family (cause I like to do so). So the concept of girl is told so & so is now old fashion.
Yes I am really glad that things are changing and these things are becoming old fashioned. But time and again, I have seen them creeping up again, in some way or the other. Still a long way to go 🙂
Good luck with that…May the force be with you. 🙂
Good one but not completely balanced. Patriarchy should end but Matriarchy should also not begin. Both are against gender equality.
I think this was not a very good choice for an image because this was not the point I wanted to make at all ! I really liked this particular scene in the show, hence I chose to use it. But yes, what we need is equality, and neither patriarchy nor matriarchy !
Hey Aishwarya, nicely written. Kudos. This is indeed a sad thing about our society. What bugs me is that even a lot of women in our society supports the patriarchy. You must have encountered that. I believe we at an individual level can reach out to the nearest victim and take a stand. It can be your sibling, friend, cousins, etc.
I am glad that in this part of the country (Northeast,Assam) we have a matriarchal society. You should check that once.
Thank you! 🙂
Yes I have actually heard about that and that seemed very intriguing and encouraging to me ! Good way to set an example that the society run by women can turn out to be amazing ! 😁
You have pointed out so rightly that people consider a woman’s duty to be responsible, mature and understanding for two people whereas in reality, any successful relationship is a two-way road.
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