The right to not work.

One India that lives in villages and smaller towns demands that their women be allowed to work.

They are slowly waking up to the knowledge that men and women are equal and that a woman reserves the right to be actively involved in some profession.

But, this post is about the right to ‘not work’. This is about the right to be a housewife, because one loves to be a housewife.

This trend is more visible in the cities and metros. Almost every second woman is a graduate or more qualified than that, and she is expected to work.

The Global Financial Crisis, too, calls for double income families. That is fine.
But, there is this counter prejudice that if a woman doesn’t want to work, then she is simply not smart enough.

If she wants to have kids and raise them up being devoted to their development, it is seen as a ‘backward’ thought.
Working mothers are the new ‘in’ thing.

But, whatever happened to freedom of choice? If she wants to be a housewife so be it. What’s with the prejudice?

Raising kids is a tough job, and if not done properly, things can get messy. Being a housewife shouldn’t be seen as an easy option.

That’s not easy at all. Consider it as human resource development. Done for free.
One good mother ensures good children, who in turn shall become good parents. So on and so forth.

I see this tendency among young people to get ’embarrassed’ about the fact that their wives don’t work.

They will do everything to ensure that she cracks through some exam – for a bank clerk position, or some position in a government office or atleast a teacher.

It’s nauseatingly stereotypical of the ‘new’ India. There’s nothing wrong with everyone being employed.
But, I value a person’s right to choose a career.

Development is fine. Feminism too is okay. But, if you’re going to force a woman to work, then we are back to square one.

It is as bad as forcing a woman to stay at home.

P.S. : Right now, I’m not able to read your work because of paucity of time. But I’ll get to it. I’ll reach each and every post that you write. Just not right now. Thanks.

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10 comments on “The right to not work.

  1. Monika Amita Bakshi says:

    Do you know why I admire you? Because you way too mature than yor age. Your thoughts make you a real man. And of course, by the way you express your thoughts is commendable.

  2. soumyav says:

    true though Subh! To work or not to work should be the own personal choice of the woman and family.There is no embarassment in saying that someone’s wife stays at home.,or no arrogance in saying his wife is employed. The criteria for being proud should be whether your wife is educate dor not. if she is she can handle the home ,teach and rais ethe children properly.or she can work and earn if any situation arises. for a person to feel proud is when his wife is capable of handling any situation in life with him,along with him.

  3. soumyav says:

    its ‘true thought”

  4. A wonderful suprise indeed πŸ™‚

  5. Deepa says:

    Well said! Let’s take it one step further and say that right to work should be the choice of both men and women. Why are there social pressures on the man to work too? It should be between the husband and wife (or between spouses) how they want to handle their finances, raise their children, run the house etc. As long as both of them are in sync, no one else should have the right to judge them. To work or not to work should be a choice. I agree with you. I only add, that the choice should be for both of them.

    • Thank you πŸ™‚ . I must confess that I had thought about including that as well but I thought maybe it was a bit too much for India (rural + urban) to accept right now. Step by step. But perhaps I should do a second part to this. Thanks.

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