By Tusheeta Kaushik
July 5, 2017: Many women myths have evolved from centuries incessantly and are still pertinent, owing to the fact that adamant and orthodoxical thinking of sexist people never ceases to change. Having stereotypical views against women is a precursor to the low confidence and submissive nature of young girls towards themselves and their work.
Here are the top ten women myths which need to be changed in order to uplift and empower and not demoralise the female gender.
Women of today’s era are equally competent as men. They can travel alone keeping in mind the security concerns. Not only can they travel alone, they can be equally adventurous and playful. As rightly said, “Why should boys have all the fun?”
A girl child can be as smart, intelligent, talented and skilled as a male child if she is given education and allowed to fulfil her dreams to be a valuable resource to the world. Stealing a girl’s right to education and making her do household chores without letting her explore her interests makes her dependent and helpless which in turn makes her a passive victim. Therefore, there should be a thorough scrutinization in places where child marriage is still practised.
Every woman is different in the way she perceives her work and handles pressure. One cannot generalise the whole gender. Being fragile, neutral, strong and balanced is totally an individual’s way of coping up with different pressures in life.
A woman has full freedom to wear clothes in which she feels comfortable, beautiful and confident wearing irrespective of her age. If a woman wants to ask for it, she might as well ask for it through various casual dating sites. The opposite gender should be taught to embrace the beauty of women and not presume things on the basis of a women’s clothing.
Whether women are too soft and sensitive cannot be generalised, moreover, one of the age-old cliched women myths is that they are required to work at home and men outside the home. Every work whether household or outside the house has its own pressure and every individual has its own way of handling work pressure regardless of one’s gender.
Again, not every female boss is highly emotional. Both the genders need to learn the art of emotional intelligence and apply it at their workplace to avoid conflicts. Bring harmony and work towards bringing positive results as a team.
Being weak on a particular subject is totally based on one’s low level of interest in the subject and their weak scientific and mathematical skills. Not every guy is tech savvy and business minded, similarly not every girl is tech savvy and business minded. Some girls acquire the trait of being creative and some become biologically, politically or numerically inclined. Therefore, one cannot generalise that women are usually weak in science and maths.
Driving is a skill which needs to be practised on a daily basis. While one might feel men are better-skilled drivers than women but female drivers tend to be more cautious and vigilant than their male counterparts, which makes them a safe driver. One again can’t generalise but emotions do play a role in fast, slow or rash driving for both the genders. Therefore, both need to master the art of applying emotional intelligence.
Mood swings i.e. premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a part of a women’s menstrual cycle but being in an awful mood doesn’t necessarily mean a woman is going through PMS. Therefore, generalising this for every woman out there is a total folly on the part of the sexist.
Some women do choose their career in electrical, mechanical, civil engineering, maths, accountancy, car mechanics, politics and fields related to physics. Leaders like Indira Gandhi, Angela Merkel, Margaret Thatcher, Hillary Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Queen Victoria, Benazir Bhutto, Christine Lagarde, Chanda Kochhar, Kalpana Chawla, Sunita Williams, Punita Arora, Padmavathy Bandopadhyay, Divya Ajith Kumar and many more have proved that a woman’s presence and success can be observed at all places. Moreover in today’s world more and more women are getting educated and employed. It is certain that gender prejudice needs to end.
By Tusheeta Kaushik of Newsgram.