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Ladies, don’t fall for these gender traps, HR News, ETHRWorld


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<p>Instead, being a ‘great householder’, a ‘good mother’, a ‘caring daughter-in-law’, a ‘loving wife’ become parameters by which women, even outside standard ‘saas bhi kabhi bahu thi’ tropes, end up measuring themselves</p>
Instead, being a ‘great householder’, a ‘good mother’, a ‘caring daughter-in-law’, a ‘loving wife’ become parameters by which women, even outside standard ‘saas bhi kabhi bahu thi’ tropes, end up measuring themselves

Is observing Women’s Day the mother of all gender traps? By earmarking March 8 as the day to celebrate women and being woman, could we — women included — be entrenching biases so ingrained in our patriocratic societies that we fail to see how, say, in marriages, men bragging about their wives being the ones ‘solely to be credited’ for their beautiful homes is a backhanded compliment that’s a mere room away from the grating adage of the woman’s place being in the kitchen? Ascribing the married woman as the lord and master (sic) of the household is proscribing her role, whether in business, ownership of wealth, decision-making, interests….

Most (arranged) marriages come retrofitted with a ‘Napoleon strategy’, referring to a short man seeking out shorter men to appear relatively tall. In the case of choosing a son’s wife, a careful selection is made from the ‘bridal catalogue’ in which the woman is less qualified, comes from a less wealthy household (the ‘ghar jamai’ holding a special fear in the patriocratic universe), is less voluble, is less tall….

Instead, being a ‘great householder’, a ‘good mother’, a ‘caring daughter-in-law’, a ‘loving wife’…


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