I cannot explain how important Gender Equality seems to me.
That’s right. I started with cannot.
I remember some English professor telling me that never start a speech or something you want to address to people with a negation.
But I did.
You know why?
Because negation appeals to us.
Let’s face it. As much as we want happiness; we feed on cynicism.
We want to do something about something.
But it’s too much work.
This is not a rant. I don’t want it to be that. But I don’t know if it will end up being that or not.
I have a sister. We’re twins.
I come from a family where gender equality has been a given.
Listen, I am not stating that everything is perfect.
I am saying that it is a little better.
Don’t believe for a second that we didn’t have restrictions.
But it was for both of us.
Maybe that’s why I cringe every time I see acts on the lines of sexism and gender bias.
I remember having this conversation last night while we were having dinner.
Kapil Sharma’s show was on the TV.
He must’ve passed a sexist comment maybe.
And as always,as if in perfect sync,
I squinted my eyes,tilted my head, pursed my lips and my teeth… they pressed against each other like long lost lovers.
I am sorry for dramatizing that whole thing. default setting that.
Yes, I am trying to make a point.
The problem is that gender bias has delved deep into our skins.
And as much as it hurts us, we have managed to make peace with it.
Heh. we’ve made peace with it. such an irony.
You know why I am saying that.
This chalta hai attitude is killing us.
You know what?
Consider this as a preface. Over the month I will try talk on some topics which I think are important to be discussed. Let’s talk about them. But let’s not stop there.
There’s a fundraiser that has been started by me.
You all might be aware that Global Citizen India is giving free tickets to the Global Citizen Festival for someone who raises 50K in 30 days for the fundraiser.
Let me tell you, I am not doing this for the tickets. I won them already.
This is about addressing a larger, ongoing issue.
I would appreciate if you can go to my fundraiser at donate.
I donated 200 bucks.
Start small. But start.