Gender discrimination is so deep-rooted in the Indian culture that it makes any progress impossible. Each day, we’re fighting for a better world. And, none of it will count, until we begin to realize that gender is only biological. No matter how much you must have heard about women being differently wired than men, they aren’t much different from us. Here, we debunk the 10 biggest misconceptions about women.
Stereotype 01: Women Don’t Cheat
There are women who stay loyal to their partners throughout and there are women who stray. It is just ignorant to believe a person is faithful just because she is a woman. Women cheat too.
Stereotype 02: Women Don’t Want Sex As Much As Men
Women think of it, want it, and enjoy it just as much as men. And, there’s nothing wrong about it.
Stereotype 03: Women Nag And Gossip
That’s the most ridiculous misconception about women. Not all women are difficult partners. There are a lot of them who are understanding, secure and chilled out.
Stereotype 04: Women Don’t Objectify Men
It is upsetting how people always talk about men objectifying women but fail to notice that some women do just the same by evaluating a guy’s worth on the basis of his looks, job and bank balance. Indian marriages are all about the groom being objectified and reduced to a price tag as much as the bride.
Stereotype 05: Women Are Always The Oppressed Ones
Women are often the oppressors too. Of course, you’d find an unbelievable number of sexist and chauvinist men around, but there are women who support patriarchy too. There are women who believe their gender is inferior and they are equally responsible for the plight of women in the country. A lot of such regressive notions are put forth by women leaders too.
Stereotype 06: Women Are The Weaker Gender
No, they don’t need to be ‘looked after’ by men. They are as capable as men and definitely not inferior to us in anyway. There is no field in which a woman cannot compete with a man. The only reason why we need women empowerment is because they have been oppressed since time immemorial. Equal rights and freedom is all they need.
Stereotype 07: Women Are Always Looking For Commitment
No, that’s what regressive cinema has taught us. There are a lot of women who are only into casual dating and prefer flings over long-term relationships. One night stands is not just a man thing, you know. Some women prefer it too. So dear men, breathe. Not every woman who seems interested in you is going to expect a diamond ring from you. And, there’s nothing wrong with it. It is just a matter of personal choice.
Stereotype 08: Women Are Bad Drivers
Believing that their gender makes them terrible drivers is like saying men can never cook a delicious meal. How good you are at something is a personality trait, not a gender one. The only reason why women being bad drivers is a common joke because most people choose to not acknowledge that there are such women who can drive much better than them, and only focus on the bad examples. It’s just one of those stereotypes we’re better off without.
Stereotype 09: Women Are Family-Oriented
In India, it is assumed that no matter how good a woman is at her job, at some point in life she would ‘want to’ give up her career for a family life. That’s not true. Not all women grow up wanting to be housewives and mothers. They are not always the ‘nurturers’. There are women who want to make something out of their lives and wouldn’t trade their passion for anything else in the world. There are women who never want to marry or have kids.
Stereotype 10: Women Are Always Victims
Women are also the criminals, sometimes. If statistics are to be believed, false rape and dowry cases are increasing in number every day because of women taking undue advantage of the laws that are in their favour. You cannot even imagine the amount of misuse happening in the name of justice. Whether it is domestic violence, robbery or mental harassment, women commit crimes too. Crime has no gender.
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