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.