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The Power of ‘Choice’

Being able to take one’s own decision is the most empowering right any person can possess, irrespective of their gender.

The acrimonious debate around feminism, women empowerment, and equality has always been prominent. From Scoopwoop to Buzzfeed, one passing glance at any digital platform or a leading newspaper is bound to highlight that particular issue. Each one assessing the issue and projecting their judgments. Despite being public, the word “Feminism” always manages to raise eyebrows and what usually follows is violence, protest and of course threats. The main question that arises is if it’s an urban phenomenon and caters only to the contemporary audience?

Well, let’s take a quick test. What is the first image that comes to your mind when I say woman empowerment? Is it a woman clad in a power suit going to a corporate office, or a rural woman milking her cow and earning a livelihood out of it? I’m pretty sure it’s the former and that’s where the problem starts.

We have been conditioned in a way that forces us to believe that empowerment means money. Well, I’m not saying it doesn’t. In fact, financial independence is something that all women should strive for. Having said that, it is absolutely fine if one doesn’t wants to. Measuring empowerment by just one parameter is not right.

Bear in mind the magic word- ‘Consent’ or rather ‘Choice’

The choice to work.

The choice to not work and have a family.

The choice to be a mother.

The choice of not becoming a mother.

The choice of not covering.

The choice of covering.

The list is endless.

Do try to understand the emphasis on the word ‘choice’. Usually, if a woman is not career driven, she is frowned upon as if she is not empowered and that’s the beginning of the problem.

Being able to take one’s own decision is the most empowering right any person can possess, irrespective of their gender. Women empowerment these days has been subjugated only to the urban women. Only a few talk about the rural population, which surprisingly is the highest, and why is that? Well probably because, a woman in a saree with a rural backdrop doesn’t sell a lot of magazines. It is not as glamorous as Anushka Sharma on the leading cover of Vogue.

Empowerment or no empowerment, one should always remember that enforcing one’s views and painting empowerment in just one color as a woman who earns, is outright wrong. That is just a millennial version of a woman who is strong and independent. Bollywood movies have always crowned single mothers either as ‘rebels’ or a damsel, who without her hero suffers because of her incapability in making the right decisions. Then the hero gets whistled upon for being “manly”, another concept that has been distorted by our society. In fact, it has become like a pious solemn duty of a woman to earn and go to the office only to be labeled and given the sachet of an empowered woman.

A woman who chooses to have an early marriage and look after her children rather than working, is as empowered as a 30-year old, unmarried woman, working in a multinational company.  As long as they are making their own decisions they are good to go. Painting all of them in the same color, is a great disservice to them. We as a society need to unshackle ourselves from the ignorance and get acquainted in comprehending basic civil liberties that come with ‘choice’.

 

The views and opinions expressed by the writer are personal and do not necessarily reflect the official position of VOM.

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