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Can Men and Women Dress Alike? Here is Why Gender Neutral Clothing is Essential!

The clothing stores need to launch more unisex clothing as it will increase equality and unity.

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July 6, 2017: Only a few of us notice that even in this new era of feminism, we experience gender bias in clothing. When we enter a clothing store, we see separate sections for men, women, boys, and girls. Have you ever wondered why is it like that? Why can’t men and women dress alike when we are no different than each other? Why can’t little girls and boys wear same tees?

Most of the time we see boys’ clothing are rather inspiring or fun-filled but when it comes to girls- there is a subconscious effort by the makers to make it pretty and cute- as you can guess, they will come with hearts, stars, and flowers, kitty printed on them, most of the time! Boys’ clothes always have sayings which inspire them to think out of the box and to do something adventurous but why don’t we have the same sayings on girls’ clothes?

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If you notice or even give it a thought, you will see boys’ clothes always have sayings which inspire them to think out of the box and to do something adventurous but why don’t we have the same sayings on girls’ clothes?

There is always a big section devoted to women clothing as compared to a small corner for men. Many times, women clothing is more expensive than men’s. Over the years there has been greater demand for gender neutral clothing. In response to this high demand, companies like Jessy & Jack and a brand called Princess Awesome have come up with a campaign called Clothes Without Limits last year which offers gender neutral and unisex clothing. Zara, a well-known brand, launched its unisex collection called “Ungendered” under its TRF section for teenagers and older people which comprise of basic tees, sweatshirts, and jeans.

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Even in big companies, there are separate dress codes for men and women. Men are expected to wear suits whereas women are bound to wear skirts and dresses. Some companies even stress on women employees to wear makeup. It is expected out of women to wear high heels and work the whole day in those uncomfortable shoes.

In schools too there are separate uniforms for girls and boys. No one has ever thought how difficult it must be for little girls to be carefree and play in a skirt or a dress. In my opinion, school is the best place to start gender neutrality by implementing same uniforms for both the genders. It will install a sense of unity and equality in boys and girls if they have the same dress code.

From the very beginning, boys are taught that pink color is for girls and they must wear colors like blue and black. They are forced to conform to these lines of gender stereotypes. This thinking and mindset must change and be incorporated in the new generation for the betterment of the society.

-by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter: Hkaur1025

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‘It is time to see the world through a Feminist Gaze’, says Shabana Azmi

Jio MAMI hosted a brunch to discuss and inspire women equality and quality films, which was graced by Manisha Koirala, Shabana Azmi, Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra, Sayani Gupta, Kriti Sanon, Neha Dhupia and many more

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Shabana Azmi. Wikimedia

Mumbai, October 17, 2017: Veteran actress Shabana Azmi on Monday said it is the time people started seeing the world through a “feminine gaze”.

The pro-equality actress was speaking at “#F for Freedom MAMI” segment of Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival.

“I am very delighted that MAMI this year is concentrating on making women’s work more visible. I think it is high time that we started to see the world through feminine gaze,” she said.

Jio MAMI hosted a brunch to discuss and inspire women equality and quality films, which was graced by Manisha Koirala, Shabana Azmi, Kiran Rao, Anupama Chopra, Sayani Gupta, Kriti Sanon, Neha Dhupia and many more.

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Manisha Koirala, who has been vocal about gender equality, said she was happy that JIO MAMI is recognizing women’s contribution.

“Tumhari Sulu” actress Neha Dhupia said that things aren’t changing but with a little initiative, things will change in coming times. “Just because there is a women-centric film after 30-40 others release, everyone feels that things are changing but they are not changing just yet.”

Kiran Rao, the lady behind the initiative, expressed that main objective was to inspire women and get them in mainstream cinema, either in front or behind.

“The initiative was started two years ago, to inspire females to be part of the film industry, not just tell their stories. We want females to join film industry as writers, actors, technicians, creative arts and camera persons as this will improve the condition of women,” said Kiran.

Film critic Anupama Chopra said that the issue of equality in the film was not just limited to Bollywood, “it is rampant everywhere”. (IANS)

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101 years old Banaras Hindu University Appoints its First Female Chief Proctor Royana Singh

Singh was designated by Banaras Hindu University Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi after ON Singh surrendered as the chief proctor on grounds of "moral responsibility" for the lathicharge on dissenting students

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Benaras Hindu University, Wikimedia

September 29, 2017 : The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has been facing significant backlash for the past few days, brought under scanner for victim-shaming a female student, who was professedly molested on the university campus a week ago. The 101 years old University made history on September 28 by appointing a female chief proctor, in a first of its kind move.

Professor Royana Singh, a professor at the anatomy department of BHU’s Institute of Medical Science, is the first woman in varsity’s history to hold the post and also heads the women grievance cell of the university.

Speaking to The Times of India, Royanna highlighted how dressing should be about comfort, and that is a decision that should be left to the girls. She said,

Putting a dressing restriction on girls would be like imposing it on myself. You start your day at 6 am and end at 10:30 pm, and if you still can’t wear what you feel comfortable in, then it is a shame in this era.

Born in France, Royana Singh, who seems pretty liberal in her outlooks, believes that women are naturally more comfortable in sharing things with fellow females. Hence, she plans to recruit and sensitize female guards to ensure safety standards are maintained in the future.

Girls can move anywhere and at any time. As a chairperson of grievance cell at the Banaras Hindu University until recently, I have taken up such issues and addressed them to restore the dignity of women. We will sensitize guards and wardens on these sensitive topics.

Singh was designated by Banaras Hindu University Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi after ON Singh surrendered as the chief proctor on grounds of “moral responsibility” for the lathicharge on dissenting students. However, students largely believe ON Singh was made a mere scapegoat and the BHU Vice Chancellor Tripathi should resign.

Despite his multiple clarifications to suppress the issue, vice-chancellor Tripathi made some dubious remarks as the issue gained heat, purportedly trivializing the attack occurrence.

According to a report by First Post, Tripathi was cited as saying, “Boys will be boys,” and “Forget about what happened. Why don’t you stop stepping out after 6 pm if you dislike such things? You are a girl, don’t try to become a boy (by stepping out after sunset).”

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The vice chancellor additionally defended the strict curfew timings in the ladies’ hostel and alleged gender bias by saying that the security of young ladies and young men can never be at standard.

Female students at Banaras Hindu University have been challenging sexual bias in prevalent rules at the campus, and requesting round-the-clock security and making security staff responsible for untoward occurrences focusing on ladies. Additionally, they have also raised demands for CCTV arrangements, legitimate checking at the entryways, and setting up of a gender sensitization board.

 

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Countries with Stricter Rape Law Limit Chances of Civil War: Study

Rape laws can be another proxy to look at gender equality in society

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Rape law in country. Pixabay
  • Stricter rape law that punishes rapists with long punitive sentences are less likely to have a civil war and strife
  • The transmission of rape laws across countries correlates with democratization and a general trend toward progressive laws
  • The findings support research that has identified political liberalism and progressive, individualistic and emancipatory ideas, including gay rights

New York, Sep 07, 2017: Countries that punish rapists with long punitive sentences are less likely to have a civil war and strife, new research has found.

“The transmission of rape laws across countries correlates with democratization and a general trend toward progressive laws. It proceeds then that countries are more likely to adopt gender-neutral laws and stricter laws against rape,” said the study’s lead author Nazli Avdan, Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Kansas in the US.

The researchers paired a statistical analysis of data on rape legislation for 194 countries across the world from 1965 to 2005 with the number of civil wars over that time span.

The study, published in the journal Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, addresses an expanding body of research that argues that gender inequality heightens the probability of intrastate conflict by creating a structure of violence.

The researchers argued that nations that have laws that are gender neutral in how they protect citizens, especially in granting equal protection and rights to women, increase the chance that the state’s society would embody liberal and progressive norms.

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“These norms cohere with ideas about peaceful conflict resolution,” Avdan said.

“These ideas in turn mitigate civil conflict,” she added.

The researchers found that countries that did little to punish perpetrators of rape likely include exemptions for the crime of rape if the perpetrator and victim are married, or possibly they treat genders differently under the law.

In other cases, some penal systems exonerate the assailant if he agrees to marry the rape victim.

“A so-called marriage loophole is a situation with a perpetrator is married to a victim would exonerate the assailant,” Avdan said.

“That is at its core a misogynistic policy. Countries with these policies – for example, Middle Eastern countries like Jordan and Lebanon but also other countries such as the Philippines — have received condemnation for not reforming these laws,” Avdan added.

The findings support research that has identified political liberalism and progressive, individualistic and emancipatory ideas, including gay rights, for example, tend to correlate with reduced propensities of armed conflicts.

“Rape law showcases an angle about gender norms,” Avdan said.

“And we know that masculine norms tend to support militarism and militant nationalism as well. Rape law can be another proxy to look at gender equality in society,” she added. (IANS)