Of Cabbages and Kings

October 2, 2008

A feminist revolution in India skips the liberation

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chinmayi @ 10:04 am

Finally! Something that describes this disturbing phenomenon that I have witnessed for five years of law school and two years after.

Like many educated Indian women whose credit-card bills transfer seamlessly from a father to a husband, Arshi and her friends have good jobs and toil at them, but have a somewhat recreational view of work. When Arshi walks into a Delhi fashion designer’s home, enchanted by his white sofas and plasma television, she does not think, “I should go buy this stuff.” She thinks of marrying him, “just so I could make that house my home.”…

Indian feminism is the feminism of compromise. It is the feminism of daughters who press their parents for late curfews, but would never hurt them by dating a man of another religion. It is the feminism of women who collect big paychecks by day, but do not question husbands who treat them like maids by night. It is the feminism of women who cope privately with workplace harassment, but never see it as a systemic phenomenon to be fought.

Read the rest here.

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  1. […] alexheim03 wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptWhen Arshi walks into a Delhi fashion designer’s home, enchanted by his white sofas and plasma television, she does not think, “I should go buy this stuff.” She thinks of marrying him, “just so I could make that house my home.”… … […]

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