Stereotypes. This one word defines the whole existence of women in India. Regardless of our education, regardless of our culture, regardless of our upbringing, we try to ‘fit in’ in the moulds made for us by the society because that is how ‘a lady is supposed to behave’, right? And rarely do we see someone breaking the glass ceiling. If they do, there are better acronyms the society have for them.
So, wearing red lipstick to work or opting for the traditional study-work-marriage-kids route don’t sound odd at all. Because these are things that we have got accustomed to, that have been embedded in our thought process so deeply that anything out of the cliches raises our eyebrows. The society needs change but are we even mentally ready for it?
Amitabh Bachchan, who recently was in news for writing a powerful letter to his granddaughters to break aways from patriarchy and live life on their own terms, has again underlined his support to this thought. In a video with Blush, the star of the millennium is seen as the voice of the many Indian women, voicing their fears, their thoughts and their agonies.
‘Meeting mein red lipstick? Are you mad?’ (Wearing red lipstick to meeting?)
‘Media se hoon, single hoon’ ( Yes, I am from the media and single)
The video titled #AbSamjahutaNahin (No more compromise) is a powerful underplay of the rush of emotions a women in India face. Salary structure of men and women at same level, taking longer route in a cab or snide husband-wife remarks, it’s time to put a question mark to the way we are living, the way we have been believing, the way we have not been believing in the context of living up to the family and social life expectations.