We are living in 2018 and 21st century and the world is progressing rapidly. Human beings are going places with innovation, technology, and science. The very idea of humanity is witnessing a huge shift and this time is about equality, gender rights and justice for all. The age-old debate between sexes is still going on and we are still fighting over superiority between men and women and recently the atmosphere has been vitiated by certain events and incidents.
The recent debate and topic about feminism intrigues me. By all accounts, any common and civil man knows the definition of feminism and he respects and supports it wholeheartedly. This generation is aware of all the issues and is quite adamant that women are as good if not better than men and we are seeing the change happening right in front of us.
Women are becoming presidents, prime ministers, chief executives all around the world (ironically America still doesn’t have a female president) and the glass ceiling has been broken and shattered. But, sadly there is a new trend emerging that every man is a creep, rapist, stalker, serial killer and women are being assaulted (physically and mentally) day in day out, all day long and the male species has become a monster.
I get the point that women over the centuries have been a victim of misogyny, sexism and downright crude and unjust behaviour and often been treated like a second-class citizen and gotten a raw deal in every sphere of life.
The mighty men’s cause has not been helped by people like Harvey Weinstein and US President Donald John Trump, who have by being in power, have behaved like bullies and are responsible for murdering the soul of a woman even when she is alive. But, for every Weinstein and Trump, there are millions of men around the globe who are respected, looked up to and believe in justice and equality. Just because men don’t scream and shout from the rooftop about #MeToo campaign doesn’t mean that they are perverted or bad people. Humanity is still alive and many humble men will die to protect the honour of a woman and will always stand up for genuine women’s causes and suffrage.
We live in times where male bashing has become a norm and we generalise every man as some sort of animal, who will pounce and destroy woman’s dignity. Let me assure you that majority of men have never teased, assaulted or taken advantage of any female and this gross generalisation has to stop. We all know that our society is not perfect and fair and it has always been skewed in favour of the other sex and time has come for this to sink in and make the requisite changes.
Feminism is a concept which is accepted by all rational and educated men all around the world but when women in the garb of feminism attack men and indulge in character assassination than it is not a level playing field. In Indian culture, many goddesses have been women and we pray and look up to them in times of difficulty. I believe in equality, gender justice and am a proud feminist but those who propagate pseudo feminism are doing more harm than good and please, for Christ’s sake, not all men are terrible. There are people who will always rise and stand up for championing the rights of women and women have to accept that to make a change in the society. First, they have to realise that men are not evil and the universe also has a tiny amount of good people.
Feminism is a birth right and nobody can take it away from women. If we want to live in a peaceful society, then women will have to be given their due. And, when I say this, I don’t become a feminist but a human being.