Saved by the girl child

“If it would destroy [a 12-year-old boy] to be called a girl, what are we then teaching him about girls?” – Tony Porter

True question.

It’s about time we got responsible with sexism, don’t you think?!

Socially conditioned and so seeded in us that we sometimes even fail to see it.

Something as simple as the so-called-harmless usage of the term ‘girly’ with a negative or inferior connotation; or supposedly-demeaning remarks such as “Oh you play like a girl’ and ‘Oh you fight like a girl’ – inadvertently have a disparaging effect on society’s perception of women.. holistically speaking.

It’s time we spread the word – it’s good to be a girl!

India is a nation, infamous for its skewed sex ratio and the unwanted girl child syndrome. Female foeticide and infanticide is so prevalent in the country and girls are sadly looked upon as a burden on the family.

However, the recent Rio Olympics 2016 was an eye-opener for the country. A mind blower. Just two medals were won – but both were won by women. By the unwanted girl child.

Sakshi Malik (wrestling) and PV Sindhu (badminton) not just won the Olympic medals but in the process also won our hearts, not to forget Dipa Karmakar (Gymnastics) who bravely reached the finals with her death-defying stunts.

Over and beyond just making a mark in Olympics, these ladies should be lauded for opening minds in a fiercely-patriarchal society and for redefining the roles women can play. For reinforcing ‘It’s good to be a girl!’

If India is on the Olympic map of 2016 – it is solely because of these girls who dared to differ and defy. Memes are doing its round stating that going forth, slogans in the country should not read ‘Save the Girl Child’ anymore but instead ‘Saved by the Girl Child’. That in itself, is a credible achievement!

Leave alone a girl child in education, leave alone a girl child in sports, but a girl child in wrestling. Wow! We owe it to each of their own grit and determination, which wouldn’t have been possible without the unfailing support of their parents. One can only imagine the taunts and ridicule they might have faced growing up.

But, today these women stand proud and with them stands a proud nation!

The Rio Olympics 2016 has witnessed women power at its best!

So-called-ridiculing comments such as ‘you play like a girl’ and ‘you fight like a girl’ might just take a backseat now.. huh?!

A big POW (wrestling style) and another POW (badminton racket-smashing style) to sexism!

You go girl!

Linking it to the Daily Post prompt – Open-Minded

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33 Comments

  1. September 1, 2016
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    Agree with you.recently wrote about similar topic.. hopefully things will change for good.

    • September 2, 2016
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      Yep… it will! We have come a long way from the atrocities women faced once upon a time. Many years ago women could not even step out of their houses and then they dared, they stepped out. They could not be seen nor heard. But now? So I do believe there is change.. it’s an ongoing process and will continue. Got to be at it.. keep bringing about change.

  2. September 2, 2016
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    Totally agree with you ma’am… high time we open our minds and radically change our present outlook. but…..

    • September 2, 2016
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      Our minds have been opening… we have come a long way… there was a time women couldnt step out, couldnt get an education, couldnt work, couldnt take part in plays and dance… we have come a long way from there. Because there were women who differed and defied, we are reaping the benefits today. But there is still a long way to go… and we have to keep it going…

      • September 2, 2016
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        yes…(and of course,in addition to those bold, strong women, a few men-may be very few – who stood up for the cause made these changes possible)

        • September 2, 2016
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          Yes indeed… men too! Feminism is not gender-based per se, in the sense that it is simply a fight for human rights for women. Women are as human as men. Both men and women have fought for feminism over the ages and there has been change. But more to go… and it continues…

    • September 2, 2016
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      Why the but…??

      • September 2, 2016
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        oh..that ‘but’ was in connection with the Olympics results and the associated hype(both positive & negative)

  3. September 2, 2016
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    Its only the male chauvinism and female submissiveness which has led the world to think so but since ages females have done wonders. Right from Jhansi ki rani to Indira Gandhi to Mother Teresa to Sanias, Sainas and Sindhus have proved their mettle time and again. We are proud of these females who have really saved us of the ignominy of a naught from the Rio Olympics. Kudos to them. Don’t u females worry, the world know your calibre.

    • September 2, 2016
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      Exactly… It’s because of women from yonder years… Who proved their mettle and dared to stand in a male dominated world, that we are where we are today. Not to forget the men.. who supported the cause towards women coming up in the society…

  4. September 2, 2016
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    I love this. Here in America, TV coverage was 110% focused in U.S. Sure, we won a lot of medals, but nice to hear about athletes elsewhere too. I was a swimmer in high school (not a good one, but our team was desperate for members) & as result of chlorine had very short hair. Was mortified when a substitute teacher mistook me for a boy. But still, you’re right – a boy mistaken for a girl is quite another thing.

    • September 4, 2016
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      hehehe… can imagine! but strangely… a girl mistaken for a boy or called ‘boyish’ is still not considered as derogatory as the other way round… from the ‘general’ society-point-of-view! If a girl dresses up in boy’s clothes, we are ok with it… but a boy dressing up in girl’s clothes… becomes a strict no no… atleast in most cases! If girls play with cars its ok.. but boys with dolls? I personally don’t care a damn! To each their own I say! 🙂

      • September 4, 2016
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        Well said, Dee – I agree completely

    • September 4, 2016
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      Yep thanks… and it will change!

  5. September 4, 2016
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    Yes…girl power to India!
    The new slogan should be ” bring up a girl and win a medal”

    • September 4, 2016
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      Yes… girl power to India!

    • September 5, 2016
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      Thank you! 🙂

  6. September 6, 2016
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    It has taken too long for women to be recognized for their strength – your article is perfect.

    • September 6, 2016
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      Hmmm…I guess the strength was recognised much earlier on… hence the subdue. 😉 But yep there has been a paradigm shift… And visible, constant change. It’s gonna get even better. Appreciate your comment… Thank you! 🙂

  7. September 7, 2016
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    an eye-opening and empowering piece!!! indeed there is nothing wrong with being a girl!!!

    • September 7, 2016
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      Awww… am glad you feel that way!!! And absolutely… It’s good to be a girl! 🙂

    • September 9, 2016
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      Wow… am floored! Thank you! 🙂

    • September 29, 2016
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      Wow… means a lot! 🙂

  8. September 30, 2016
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    beautiful article…hope every one should think on it…

    • September 30, 2016
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      Hope so too…

  9. February 3, 2017
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    I agree with this article. Incidentally, i had been thinking of writing something along that line. Maybe it’s time I do it.

    • July 8, 2017
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      Great! So did you get to it?

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