Obviously a boon, you would say but if we look keenly into the intricate issue, many pages unfold which tell us a different story. Before the month of March ends, I thought I should pen down a topic of significant importance. Woman’s day celebration these days does not limit itself to the 8thof March alone, but it spreads it’s wings over the whole of March. This however, does not make the world budge an inch towards gender equality. All said and done, the society still remains to be a male dominating society. In spite of this fact, the question “Is woman liberation being used in the correct perspective”? still haunts me.
The woman liberation movement emerged in 1960’s and continued till 1980’s and it was the right thing to happen at that time or may be it should have happened much prior to that era. Earlier the better, it would have been for women. The industrialized nations of the western world were in the forefront and this brought about a great change throughout the world. The movement aimed at economic, psychological and social freedom for women to progress from being second class citizens in their respective societies. As this ‘Woman liberation movement’ flourished, positive changes were perceived regards socioeconomic and political roles of woman in society and that was a welcome change for women who were oppressed all these years.
But later, as liberation became a buzz word, it started proliferating in gigantic proportions in all walks of life and here is when the word ‘Liberation’ got twisted and lost it’s true meaning. As we moved into the 21st century, the way of looking at it changed completely and may I dare to say, some of us started misusing it. According to me, liberation was meant to free women from the cages of suppression. The handcuffs which denied self expression, self opinion, freedom for higher education and financial independence and many such issues for women needed to be broken. Respecting women as human beings and not viewing them as objects of amusement, giving them freedom to control their own lives, giving them the power to exercise legal rights, property rights, power to vote and much more. Basically, providing the essentials so as to enable women to lead a life of dignity.
I believe, it was never meant to get drunk and collapse to the ground, it was not meant to smoke your lungs out causing damage not only to your own body but also to the coming generation. It was not meant to get addicted to drugs and waste this precious life. It was also not meant to behave indecently in public. Nor was it meant to disrespect elders, to use filthy language and filthy postures. It never gave the permission to drive rashly and claim somebody’s life. It was not meant to boss over and ill treat your subordinates or your dependents if you happen to be the bread winner of the family. It never meant to become corrupt and misuse power and authority. Living unconcerned, carelessly, callously, unmindful, disregardful was never the motto of woman liberation. Self expression did not mean to abuse someone with words or to hurt the other person. We need to understand that a husband beating his wife is domestic violence and the wife beating her husband is also domestic violence.
Surprising is the fact that though we are nowhere near to gender equality, yet some of us have started misusing this boon of “Woman liberation” and have started behaving irresponsibly in the name of liberation. Ridiculous, isn’t it?
Let us understand that freedom comes with responsibility. Let us shoulder our responsibilities well and live with dignity. This is a wake up call to all my friends to make proper use of “woman liberation”. The boon which will otherwise become a bane.
By- Dr. Anu (International life coach, Motivational speaker and Corporate trainer)