Wednesday, Sep 28, 2022
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With Cracks In MeToo Movement And Silencing Of Women, How Do We Fight The Might Of Patriarchy?

#MeToo is a movement that dared to collectivize suffering, empathy, and perhaps hope. The celebrity trial in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard case might have jeopardised the #MeToo movement but it is important to once again collectivise and rise.

Up in arms: Shakuntala Kulkarni’s Photo performance, Ashoka Towers, Parel (2010-12), Digital print on rag paper Photo Courtesy: Chemould Prescott Road/Shakuntala Kulkarni

“We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls
‘You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man’
Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that
Marriage is the most important
Now marriage can be a source of
Joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
In the way that boys are
Feminist: the person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes”

–Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in Beyonce’s song Flawless