Saturday, 13 February 2016

I break stereotype all the time



Women have always been undermined when it comes to the assessment of their value and what they can do. They are not graded by what they can do but are marked by how they look and what they wear that is their personal appearance. It is very wrong to do so because a woman may look all delicate and fragile but may be very strong from the inside. The real worth of a woman should always be measured by what she can do or what she does rather than by what she looks like or how she dresses like her style of clothing and hair. A woman may have short hair but it is not necessary that she is a tom boy. Many an ambitious women have proved their mettle even when they have long hair. Wearing of a sari or a jeans or even a salwar kameez is no criteria to pass judgment on the ability of a woman. How a woman dresses is a personal matter, a choice of her own which she chooses because of her comfort level with either dress. An efficient housewife may be dressed in a jeans and yet a true traditional. On the other hand a woman draped in a sari may be an efficient office worker who believes in giving results. It is a sorry state of affairs that women are often stereotyped by their own family members and close friends due to which they feel constrained to achieve their potential. According to a survey conducted by Nielson India on behalf of Nihar Naturals on the topic #IAmCapable the following results were derived.
a.69% of men agree that their judgment of women is based on their looks.
      b . 64% of women agree that the judgments passed on them have affected their ability     to  reach their true potential.
       c. 70%of women agree that majority of judgments on women are from family   members or friends rather than strangers.
       d. 72% of women agree that working women face more judgments on their looks or their clothes than housewives.
I am a girl and proud to be one. I have not allowed stereotyping to restrict me from what I wanted to do and achieve.I am a figure of contradictions and can make the people go tizzy trying to type me into a slot. I am modern yet traditional. I love to wear jeans as well as a sari and a salwar kameez. I have long hair but still I am adventurous and love sports like race cars drifting which is not for the faint hearted. When I asked my boss for leave citing the reason of race car drifting at first he found it difficult to believe and then when he found me to be serious his mouth fell open in wonder and his eyes told me that he did not know in which slot to place me. When I reached the venue many looked at me with pity and derision as they thought that this was no sports for me being a girl. Some even tried to dissuade me. I was confident that I could do it. On being asked as to would ride first I saw some boys slipping to the back. Everyone looked at me with wonder as I stepped forward to experience the ride and the way I enjoyed it made the instructor give me an extra spin. I had done it and proved that #IAmCapable of breaking the stereotype.

 “I’m breaking stereotypes based on appearance by sharing my experience for the #IAmCapable activity at BlogAdda in association with Nihar Naturals.”

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