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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.

Topics: Gender equality

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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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