February 14th, 2018

#girlswhodrinkbeer

Indian patriarchy just scored another home goal.  Actually 3 home goals.

The Chief Minister of Goa, one Mr. Manohar Parrikar, this week lowered the already very low bar of men patronising women in India, with the following incredible comment:

India’s feisty young women instantly responded in style, posting photos on Twitter of themselves drinking beer, along with the hashtag #girlswhodrinkbeer.

There were photos of girls drinking beer alone, or with their fathers, or with their dogs (that was a friend of mine) and then there was this cracker of a bride in full fig.

Drinking beer, naturally.

This was also this great riposte:

To put this ridiculousness in context, this was also the week in which our Prime Minister rebuked a woman MP for cackling in Parliament.

Unparliamentary behaviour apparently.

Don’t believe me?

Here are links to 2 excellent articles, taking these sanctimonious men down: The DailyO & Outlook.

The fact that male MPs laughed in sycophantic support of the PM when he rebuked a woman for laughing isn’t unparliamentary.

Apparently.

And then to round off these last few decidedly weird days of males strutting their stuff, we have the bizarre comment from one of the country’s top fashion designers, Sabyasachi Mukherjee.  Speaking to Indian students at Harvard, this man who designs and sells eye-wateringly expensive saris for a living said, and I quote:

“I think, if you tell me that you do not know how to wear a saree, I would say shame on you. It’s a part of your culture, (you) need stand up for it,”

Yet again, The DailyO had an absolutely brilliant take down of his comments.  As this great article says, the man even decided to explain to women what wearing a sari is like:

“It’s a relationship of misunderstanding. It’s easy to wear a sari. Wars have been fought in sari. Grandmothers have slept in sari and have woken up without any folds to it.”  (My highlighting & underlining)

The designer has since apologised, regretting that the matter had quote unquote incorrectly snowballed into a “gender issue.”

Insert eye-rolling emoji.

So, all you beer-swilling, cackling, non-sari-wearing Indian gals…keep up the good work!

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