We are all entitled to celebrate who we are every single day I believe. But I also strongly advocate going over the top and all guns blazing every women’s day. Now, there are many who think that there is too much going on already in and around women’s life. Few of the women are already too in your face with their defiance towards shaving their legs & armpits and their outright refusal to wear bras; why give a special day to these feminazis who have already made our lives uncomfortable with their demand for equality. Honestly, I think we society as a whole should be uncomfortable when we observe the kind of hard struggles women go through all for mere ‘Equality’. Last year was fairly good in this area I must say. Few of our female counterparts were the centre of attraction for their accomplishments and some others were brave enough to stand up against shamers. These instances made us all go gaga and crazy proud of fellow females:
Jeniffer Aniston’s letter on Body shaming:
The girl has clearly paid her dues of being a celebrity almost all her life. Ever since she was part of a famous marriage and equally infamous divorce. One innocent outing on a beach with current husband got the shutterbugs all riled up. The curve of her tummy was on a trial all of a sudden. Her diet, exercise routine and hypothetical pregnancy at her age, all was questioned and frowned upon. She finally broke her silence and ended rumors of pregnancy and setting body shamers straight all at the same time. Her stand was clear; Motherhood is only a part of being a woman and being or not being a mom is her decision alone and her body is her body alone. If only we all care about our own tummy and curves, the world would become a prettier place.
Emma Watson’s take on Beauty and the Beast:
Belle has always been smarter than the rest of her Disney princess counterpart. When Emma Watson was approached to play the part, she decided to take the character of Belle on a different level altogether. Watson made Belle wear pants and not dresses; she made Belle ride a horse and portrayed her as a scientist and not a vain dreamer. Prima facie the changes do not appear to be revolutionary but when you think about the kind of effect fairy tales have on children, it is a huge step forward. Princesses are capable of doing much more than dozing off, remaining stuck in household chores, singing to birds and forever waiting for a Prince Charming. This Belle got it all; Beauty, Brains and the Beast.
Dancing & Skateboarding Burqa clad Saudi Women:
After I first saw the video and was happily impressed, I decided to look up for translation of lyrics of the song to which these amazing women were dancing. Part of the song literally translated to:
“May all men be erased as they’ve given us mental illness” and
“Every single one of them has a devil inside them”
Now I myself have had my share of mental illness at the hand of men and am often accused of indulging in bitter diatribe targeted on men; the crime I honestly confess to and enjoy at the same time. But this instance of Burqa clad dancing women is the kind of courage we fortunate enough to live in comparatively liberal society can only dream of possessing. In a country where driving for women is a criminal offence, Skateboard under my Burqa is nothing less than a revolution. Take a bow my dancing, skateboarding, basket ball playing and burqa wearing queens.
Sania Mirza’s take on Baby Pressure:
This girl deserves a collective Thank You from all the above 30 childless women of India. When a leading news anchor asked her, like an overly concerned distant relative “ when are you planning to settle down” (as in make babies); Sania literally tore the man apart with her counter question of How many grand slam titles does it take for a woman to tell the world that she is finally “Settled Down”. If only people stay out of other people’s uterus; the world would be so much better and so much fairer.
Ruling (almost) the Whole world:
So close and yet so far! When Hilary Clinton stood for the most powerful office in the world, I thought the world would finally be better and kinder place for us. Unfortunately, she lost out to a man who is the embodiment of racism and sexism combined. Although she lost, but it was great to see her go this far and stand up to all the filth thrown towards her. Few of the remaining parts of the world have been kinder and that is also great. Theresa May is all draped up in a Sari and dons leopard print kitten heels and rules the UK, it is difficult to imagine Germany and even European Union without Angela Merkel and Mother Teresa is now Saint Teresa. All these victories are no fewer reasons to celebrate.
For a distant future, I wish there would come a day when there would be normalcy surrounding womanhood. When I talk about normalcy; I mean there should neither be hatred nor bling surrounding woman. Such normalcy is the ultimate objective for most of us women. A time should come when there is no misogyny; that will be the time when no celebration shall be needed. As long as there are people who keep telling women what to shave, what to show and what to wear; we will need women who burn their bras in full public view.
In order to balance out suppression, Celebration is needed, the kind of celebration which is in form of a loud roar, in our face and dances on a skateboard.