The balance of the world

Good evening everyone!! Lately my mind has been musing a lot about feminism. It is an idea really really really close to my heart.(Just to clarify the meaning of feminism: “Feminism is the social,economic and political EQUALITY of both sexes..and not the dominance of women as is the common misconception.”). In the definition, I cannot place enough stress on the importance of the word equality. And I am calling it an idea because it is still one, it is nowhere near being perceived.When it comes to equality of the genders we are still living in the ancient times.Every day everyplace is replete with examples of discrimination, from the highway to the workplace.I also know that more than enough discussion and arguments have already been done on this ‘idea’, but I felt like I really needed to voice my opinions. I cannot even begin to wrap my mind around a number of biases there are against women. Women are poor drivers, women cannot lead, blah blah blah. I mean seriously what the F**k is  wrong with people, is everyone just walking around with a blindfold on? You know according to a science experiment it was a proved that a woman’s brain though smaller than a man’s is much more efficient than theirs!

why must the order of the world be so?? Why can’t there be a peaceful coexistence that serves everyone to their best interests . Women work just as hard as men and yet their pay scale is so much more less compared to men’s be it any industry, corporate, film , medical ,schools and so on.The percentage of women in politics as compared to men is a meager figure,in fact meager doesn’t even cover it, it’s shameful, abominable,heart breaking.

The same goes for the board rooms, in most countries the condition is so terrible that they have a quota for women.I mean come on! That just goes to say “Hey, we have to fill a number of positions to complete a quota would you be so kind as to help us out?” instead Of “Hey, we think you are well suited for the job would you care to help us out?”.

The term ‘Glass Ceiling ‘ is used so often, but very few actually understand it’s meaning.

According to Google, Glass Ceiling means:
“an unacknowledged barrier to advancement in a profession, especially affecting women and members of minorities.”
But the thing is it is very much acknowledged, it is the elephant in the room that everyone is turning a blind eye to. It is affecting women every single day of their lives. And then there is the age-old question ,Why is it that after child-birth it is the female who is expected to quit the job and not the male?? we can go on and on about the answer to this question, but deep down we all know that we are in the wrong, the status quo is not right.
And it is not just in the workplace we encounter such discriminations, children from a very tender age are subconsciously conditioned to such ideas, Why is it that when it comes to doling out compliments for boys we generally use the words like ‘strong’,’smart’,’brave’ etc. and for girls ‘pretty’,’beautiful’ etc. Aren’t girls smart,brave and strong? and vice versa ? We unknowingly build this environment around girls that leads them to believe that they are not smart enough , not strong enough to achieve whatever it is they want to. Those who do are often labelled as too ambitious, strict, not amicable and so on.If someone tells you that humans can’t swim as a kid you are likely going to grow up believing that as a fact.
Women had to fight for so long just to get the right to vote, that is basically just telling someone that “sorry you can’t make a decision, you have no right to be heard just because you are not physically strong enough “. As a kid i used to believe that women weren’t allowed to vote because men were simply scared of them. But as I grew up the rational part of me wanted to believe that it’s simply because society works on the simple age-old formula of “might is right”.
This takes me back to a movie scene from one of my favorite movies:
workplace-violence
Linguini: Listen, I just want you to know how honored I am to be studying under such a…
Colette: [pins Linguini’s sleeve with a knife] No, you listen! I just want you to know exactly who you are dealing with! How many women do you see in this kitchen?
Linguini: Well, I uh…
Colette: [pins Linguini’s sleeve with another knife] Only me. Why do you think that is? Because haute cuisine is an antiquated hierarchy built upon rules written by stupid, old, *men*. Rules designed to make it impossible for women to enter this world. But still I’m here! How did this happen?
Linguini: Well because, because you…
Colette: [pins Linguini’s sleeve with a third knife] Because I am the toughest cook in this kitchen! I have worked too hard for too long to get here, and I am *not* going to jeopardize it for some garbage boy who got lucky! Got it?
(Remember this epic movie??)
I guess I can only hope and pray that we move towards a better,more ‘equal’ and tolerant future, that we learn from our mistakes and support each other.
Au revoir
Ayesha
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