How impossible is it to miss that our society still judges a woman by her clothes, the spot she eats lunch at, the subjects she talks about with her colleagues, the dreams she possesses, etc… right?
Fundamentally, these are the pieces of an online media crusade with hashtags against recently sworn-in Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Tirath Singh Rawat’s disputable assertion. He scrutinized women wearing ripped jeans and expressed that they can’t offer the right climate for youngsters at home.
From that point onward, netizens have crashed his ‘sexist and patriarchal’ comments and named his viewpoint ‘ripped’. As a result, women are now sharing photos of themselves in ripped jeans, as a mark of gripe. Journalist Nishtha Gautam stated, “I hope some of you remember the #GirlsWhoDrinkBeer hashtag from 2018 as a response to Goa CM’s statement. It’s that time of the year again: Another CM, another attempt at policing women’s choices. Let’s tweet our #rippedjeans pics with #GirlsWhoWearRippedJeans. What say?”
Presently, if we talk about what really happened then we need to crosscheck the facts. Tirath Singh Rawat went to a workshop in an NGO recently where he saw a woman was running in ripped jeans. He promptly commented, “If this kind of woman goes out in the society to meet people and solve their problems, what kind of message are we giving out to the society, to our kids? It all starts at home. What we do, our kids follow. A child who is taught the right culture at home, no matter how modern he becomes, will never fail in life.”
He additionally reprimanded guardians and parents for ‘westernisation’ and further added, “Showing bare knees, wearing ripped denim and looking like rich kids — these are the values being given now. Where is this coming from, if not at home? What is the fault of teachers or schools? Where am I taking my son, showing his knees and in tattered jeans? Girls are no less, showing their knees. Is this good? All of this, in a mad race of westernisation. While the western world follows us, doing yoga … covering their body properly. And we run towards nudity.”
Adding to the outrage, Gul Panag has also joined the rest of Twitter and numerous other Bollywood actors in calling out the Uttarakhand Chief Minister for his assertion about ripped jeans.
Well, I strongly feel that of all the creatures that can feel and contemplate, we women are the worst treated things alive. I’m not a women’s activist, I believe in equality which is a key element of the society that characterises whether the society is progressing towards brilliance and progression, or sinking into the void of existential destruction.
In spite of the progress in the status of women who have taken incredible steps in different areas, people still judge us out of everything without exception. Sometimes, it’s truly difficult to believe that we are still living in the 21st-century world.