Prateek Maloo

IT Analyst, Tata Consultancy Services Limited

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Are women emancipated yet? If not, what more needs to be done for equality?

Though there are hundreds of movements againts sex discrimination and treating women as lesser beings, I believe we still do not have reached a stage where women are given equal stature and rights. I still believe that we are living in a patriarchial and pseudo-male society.

The question here is, are the women at par? If not, what are we not doing to make that happen?

I ask this question again not to spark a dialogue full of reform-talk and big scale projects and awareness programs. Theses have been happeneing but the basic psyche of the society hasn't changed. What we need now is to ponder upon ways to change the way women are percieved, for good.

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    Dec 21 2011: A lot of places have patriarchal societies. People, in this day and age, still consider themselves to be a part of a patriarchal system. Maybe in India its more prevalent than america.

    A lot of other countries are in the same sad soup. If you want to know how low we are on gender equality and right. Go through the following link..

    read through the comments. Read the smugness shown to comment of Freek Magin.

    Thats how religion and patriarchy run hand in hand to ruin the smooth lives of people.
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      Dec 21 2011: I apologize, I shouldn't have said that a patriarchal society never existed... It obviously has, and some are horribly unfair to women. What I mean, is simply that the narrative of patriarchy, ignores lots of non leadership, non financial powers, that women have always had over men. Social, cultural, and even at times religious control have often balanced out a lot of the financial, and political powers, maintained by men in most societies. I think things are less off balance then they seem, when you factor into the equation, the fact that for the most part, most of what men do, they do to try and protect of care for a woman.

      I think it's a little unfair, that we're at times demonized for something, that is simply, an inescapable, built in desire, to sacrifice yourself for your wife. I think women, feel about their children, the way men feel about women, and I don't think we've ever really found a way to be honest about that in society.
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    Dec 21 2011: In some parts of the world, we could say they emancipated, in many parts of it, more than clearly, not. However, even if we talk about those places where women can be considered as emancipated, there are still problems in people heads. Various stereotypes and 'rules' are stuck in our minds. It's the worst thing that in countries, where the laws and so on gives that equality, women minds can't take it to the full. The fundamental need is to be conscious as much as possible, that would be a part of solving many other problems. But that's the process, not the event.
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      Dec 25 2011: I totally agree with you on that. These so called rules and stereotypes are against women. In a lot of places they are emancipated, so to speak. In reality, men still see red on women moving higher on the ladder.

      They should have a 50% or higher say in everything. There should be no rules against women or only for women. Equality should be imposed in today's world. People are more susceptible to rules and laws than to changing their behavior and mentality by themselves.

      And major culprit in women's underdevelopment are other women.
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        Dec 25 2011: Yeah, change gives you something new, new possibilities, but takes away, in this case, from both a man and a woman something convenient ('convenient', just because they are used to it), that disturbs. But the world is turning and changing, just a miserable thing is that it does it slowly compared to a human's life. Technologies change and improve each year, but not the attitudes to the world.
        Your last sentence is the golden words.
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    Dec 21 2011: In India this may be true... In America it is not... Women run things here. We've never elected a woman president, but we've also only elected one president who did not have a wife. The problem we are running into in the modern world is that women have incredible social power, and they control every aspect of a societies cultural evolution.... but they're mad they don't make more money. I don't think a patriarchal society ever existed... In the words of Al Bundy "everything a man has ever done, was for a woman".

    Women are more valued than men, and they always will be. Men don't respect themselves, or their own life, when their wives are in danger.