Women in our society
Being a woman is not easy at all. In our patriarchal society like Bangladesh, there are all kinds of daily challenges women face that men simply don't have to deal with. After all, that's what happens when you live in a culture that's structured to benefit one gender over another. As much progress as the fight for gender equality has accomplished over the course of decades, women's rights still have a long way to go.
Even in the modern day, we are expected to force ourselves into all the boxes society gives us, and there are a few big issues that get the most media concentration. We are getting educated, working hand to hand with men but still face wage/salary gap. Street harassment is like Panta bhaat(water soaked rice) and we are becoming okay with it. Harassment in public transports are still neglected. Even in discrimination in the workplace may seems alright in most cases.
Even in some cases sexism is frequently more subtle than most people realize. Researchers have already talked about daily micro aggressions most women experience, but the challenges we face go beyond other people's sexist behaviours. In fact, much of the sexism we experience is imposed on us by cultural expectations.
There are many daily challenges an individual woman faces every day. This write up is just a little endeavor to give some examples of those hassles women face every day.
"Meye chele eka ghurte jabe, tao desher bahire! OMG(A girl will travel along in abroad OMG). Between street harassment and the very real threat of violence hanging over our heads every day, women have more to worry about even when they simply go out in public alone, let alone when they travel. It's possible to travel solo, of course, but women have to weigh the consequences in a way that men rarely do. And those perspectives of uncle and aunties are very awful. Solo travelers have to face many consequences.
As much as you may try to explain how the patriarchy hurts women, some people just aren't going to listen. In fact, they're probably going to tell you that the misogyny you've experienced is all in your head. After all, surely decades of campaigning for gender equality means sexism is over. It's not, of course, but unless you experience it firsthand, it's easy to rationalize sexism away as the result of being too sensitive. Not only is this infuriating, but it also serves to perpetuate the cycle of sexism.
It's a sad truth that as soon as women become associated in something, it automatically loses status in society's eyes. You can see this in the workforce when more women enter an occupation; it frequently loses respect,which are largely looked down on in other corners of the Internet.
In a patriarchal society, men are assumed to be the primary audience for pretty much everything, ad campaigns, books, magazines, and more. Even our language is structured with men in mind; male pronouns are still considered grammatically neutral, even if that's begun to change recently.
In contrast, anything created by or marketed toward women is slapped with the label "for women," even though we make up the half of the population. On what planet does it make sense for half the population to be considered niche.
The writer works at European Standard School