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A female friend was advised not to reveal too much about herself while discussing terms of an arranged marriage with a potential male partner. There was no need, she agreed, or it could lead to unneccessary judgement. One could perhaps find the idea problematic but come to think of it, with all our wokeness in place, there have been times when many of us women have chosen to avoid any confrontation and compromised with our feminist ideals in a situation.
One wonders if that makes us hypocrites. Or not, especially when most of us are struggling with the socially ingrained gendered values we have been raised by, juxtaposed with our sensitisation about gender equality at a later stage. We want to assert our agency and live the way we want but more often than not, there is a lingering unease about paying the price of transgression.
Think about how a working woman has to cope with the pressure of balancing her personal and professional commitments. More so when she is a working mother—constantly grappling with the guilt of not doing enough—because many of us feel a strong need to manage all duties with equal prowess, even if it is exhausting. As women, we mostly want to fight the norms of Woman who takes pride, but while being accepted in our evolved identities by society.
Nobody wants to be ostracised, so we settle for a middle ground. We talk about owning our bodies but also make sure to get waxed every month; we embark on risky sexual adventures but stealthily.
Psychologist and author Tanu Shree Singh tells indianexpress. We might be able to quieten that voice inside us that questions our adequacy, gauges our success or failure as a homemaker, mother, wife or simply as a woman.
And comparison, given the culturally determined expectations from a woman, always do make us feel better! Our own reactions sometimes surprise us when life throws a curve ball. So the fight to be more than the list of expectations thrust on us starts from within rather than outside. Studies have shown how women tend to conform more than men. It is because of the strong need for approval, in case it opens up the chance for women to be heard, something we continue to struggle with.
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Written by Disha Roy Choudhury March 8, am. Do women want to be liked? Source: Getty Images A female friend was advised not to reveal too much about herself while discussing terms of an arranged marriage with a potential male partner. The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
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