If men could menstruate , they would brag about how long and how much, says American feminist Gloria Steinem. In many places women are still untouchable during those phases. Most unfortunately, centuries old male domination have not allowed the complete women power to flourish in our society. But if you consider this subcontinent , be it Vietnam, Bangladesh ,Pakistan, Srilanka or even Israel besides India , women have shown great ability of leadership. Perhaps that’s why men are still skeptical and may go all out to scuttle the move to have 30% reservation for women in the Parliament. I attended the MMA Women Managers’ Convention last Saturday and came up with two startling observations. In any event of flooding , I understand women casualty is higher than men casualty because women are usually not encouraged to learn swimming in our country (barring a very few). I also understand , during the tsunami, a shore side temple was totally engulfed killing all the women devotees while the men could escape. This is so because women could not run fast enough wearing sarees! In this southern part of the country I find many of my women colleagues take their annual leave just to visit temples or go on pilgrimages. Fair enough , but aren’t we trying to condition their mind not to look beyond ? We are conditioning them to some virtues that we men ourselves seldom practice. Still we find it difficult to see our daughters playing soccer or cricket- power games I mean.We are comfortable pushing our daughters to playing with dolls or kitchen sets.Recently I mailed a funny cartoon to a friend depicting women drivers , a subject we males talk about quite a bit. She promptly wrote back, you MCPs (She knows at least I am not one) , why is it that most of the accidents involve only male drivers !
So , I feel our male dominated conditioning process of the women right from their childhood is more dangerous than female infanticides. All the feminists must therefore think beyond “Pink Chaddi” or “Bar Bharao” movement.