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