“I’m Not Sorry That I Don’t Know How To Please You”: A Bold Poem From A Daughter In-Law

Posted by Anam Farhat in Sexism And Patriarchy
December 27, 2017

According to a recent study, Indian women make for the most stressed out population in the world. 87% said they felt stressed all the time.

In spite of expanding opportunities and basic education rights awareness campaigns (such as “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao“), the expectations to fulfil gender-based roles still remain intact, rooted as it is in the traditional set-up.

An ex-female colleague, equally competent as her husband, had to wake up at 5:00 am every day to prepare meals and pack lunch for her husband before she left for work.

Another person boasted how her ambitious sister-in-law had quit her job and learned to make chapattis to support and cushion her brother’s ego.

There’s an ideal image that a woman has to live up to – the ‘perfect daughter-in-law’ or the ‘perfect wife’.

A major challenge that every newly married woman in India has to face, is her relationship with her mother-in-law. A new set of relationships that demands her involvement and adjustment at both macro and micro level. A lot changes with the change of her pin code.

It is said that when you cannot the change the situation, you change the perception towards it. One such way is to deal with the situations that cause stress. Keeping that in mind, here’s a video of the honest confessions of a daughter-in-law.