Being a woman is difficult.
You’re expected to do everything that a man can do, and even more. These days, women are expected to have a job and handle a house entirely on their own. It gives men an advantage over them in the race of life. Men aren’t expected to do household chores, so they aren’t burdened like working women.
A cartoon has been making rounds in the Twitterverse, and for all the right reasons. Businessman and Indian billionaire Anand Mahindra tweeted this comic, and it has opened many people’s eyes.
He wrote: “I’ve been helping to baby-sit my year old grandson this past week & it’s brought home to me the stark reality of this image. I salute every working woman & acknowledge that their successes have required a much greater amount of effort than their male counterparts.”
This was the comic.
I’ve been helping to baby-sit my year old grandson this past week & it’s brought home to me the stark reality of this image. I salute every working woman & acknowledge that their successes have required a much greater amount of effort than their male counterparts pic.twitter.com/2EJjDcK1BR
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) February 5, 2019
The message in the cartoon is quite clear. The men have a clear path in front of them, no obstacles, an easy race. The women, however, have to race wearing heels and skirts, with multiple hurdles in their way. The difficulties are household chores like ironing, washing clothes, and cooking food.
— Diario La República (@larepublica_pe) February 2, 2019
Women play a huge role in handling the house and kids. It is something that is expected from mothers, and when fathers do it, they are praised like heroes. Women have to be emotionally available to their children and husband, look after the house, cook and clean, and work in their offices.
Men are expected to put food on the table. They don’t necessarily have to do chores. However, recent studies show that men are becoming more and more involved at home with chores and children, which is a good thing!
The tweet had quite a lot of mixed responses. That includes women appreciating the comic, and some men being offended over it. Just because you did the dishes once, doesn’t make you equal.
You can expect the #FeminismIsCancer hashtag from men once women’s issues are discussed.
Dear Mr Anand, you too are becoming influenced with #misandry
There has been redefinition of roles for men and women.
Men are owning up responsibility beyond that of a provider.#FeminismIsCancer@vaastavngo
— Jogesh Chawla (@JogeshChawla72) February 6, 2019
But most responses from women were positive.
— Dhanashree S (@dhanashree0910) February 5, 2019
Some people wanted practical support from this tweet. Just tweeting isn’t enough.
— Hush – Make Work Awesome (@TheHushApp) February 5, 2019
Mr Mahindra saluting is not enough. You could share what your group does to foster diversity & support women employees. I don’t see enough woman in senior leadership roles: are there not enough women around to 🏃♂️ businesses or are they not good enough?
— Malini (@malinibhupta) February 6, 2019
While working women get recognition, home makers who work 24×7, enjoy no benefits, don't get paid, play most important role in bringing up children, keep family united and play important role in maintaining family values go unrecognised and are sometimes looked down upon.
— S Rajaram (@sepprajaram) February 7, 2019
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