6 Sexist Remarks That REALLY Pissed Us Off
In spite of the fact that we now have women leading in many spheres, be it Politics, Banking, Industry, Media and Arts, we are not evolving as a society at all. For some reason, these leaders figured it was OKAY to not just think, but also utter the following sexist statements out loud. The first two, which have sparked controversy in the last couple of days, made us take notice of the grim reality again.
1. Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav (April 2014), remarked as he addressed a rally in Moradabad, opposing capital punishment for rape, “ladke, ladke hain, galti ho jati hai” (Boys are boys. They make mistakes). He also added that, “Ladkiyan pehle dosti karti hain. Ladke-ladki mein matbhed ho jata hai. Matbhed hone key baad usey rape ka naam dey deti hain. Ladko sey galti ho jati hai. Kya rape case mein phasi di jayegi? (First girls develop friendship with boys. Then when differences occur, they level rape charges. Boys commit mistakes. Will they be hanged for rape?).”
That’s what my sister says when my nephew runs off to play cricket instead of doing his homework. “Boys will be boys”. Sport, rape – it’s the same thing, right?
2. Abu Azmi (Maharashtra State President of Samajwadi Party) in an interview to Mid-day (April 2014) “Koi bhi ladki, vivahit ho ya avivahit ho, agar kisi ladke ke saath apni marzi se, ya bagair marzi se jaati hai, toh bhi phaansi honi chahiye (If any woman, whether she is married or unmarried, goes with a man, she should be hanged, irrespective of whether she went willingly or unwillingly).”
Where have you hidden your Taliban attire?
3. Abhijit Mukherjee, Member of Parliament and our President Pranab Mukherjee’s son after the Delhi gang rape case lashed out against female demonstrators and said, “dented-painted women protesters in Delhi went to discotheques and then turned up at India Gate to express outrage.’’
Oh, we get it. If we wear lipstick and enjoy music, we are not allowed to get angry. Yes, that makes a lot of sense.
4. Digvijaya Singh (Congress General Secretary and former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh) in July 2013: Passed a lewd remark about his party colleague Meenakshi Natarajan, and intending to praise her ability to connect with people, he called her “100% tunch maal” (“maal” means “goods” in Hindi). He also remarked at his own ability to pick out talent by referring to himself as “purana johari” (experienced jeweller).
We are now forwarding you our photographs, and would like to know what % tunch maal we are. Because that’s how we love to be evaluated.
5. Andhra Pradesh Congress chief after the Delhi gang-rape in December 2012: “Just because India achieved freedom at midnight does not mean that women can venture out after dark. They should ensure that they do not board buses with few passengers.The woman should have thought twice before boarding the suspicious private bus that night. Though the incident was condemnable, she should also have behaved keeping in mind the situation. Although it (Delhi gang-rape) was a minor incident, Soniaji made it a point to meet the protesters when they called on her”.
So boarding a wrong bus is “bad” enough behaviour for a girl to get raped and murdered, which you classify as “minor” incident. We wonder what would be classified as a major incident.
6. Rajpal Saini, BSP MLA as he spoke to a gathering in UP (October 2012): “There is no need to give phones to women and children. It distracts them and is useless. Why do women need phones? If you have given phones to them, take them back. Without mobiles which important work are they missing out on? My mother and sister never had mobiles, did they die?”
Mr Saini, if we take away your mobile phone, will you die?
Some of these you may have read, some of these you might have missed. But we know you’ll be as outraged and will have the same thing we have to say to these men – Shame on you!
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