I am Woman!

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The past weekend was kind of a let’s-celebrate-womanhood for me. Today, many people understand feminism as feminazi and I would like to make it clear here that I am all for the former only. Let’s make it clearer with their definitions –

Feminism (noun): the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. (Source)

Feminazi (noun): a term used pejoratively to describe either feminist who are perceived as extreme or radical, women who are perceived as seeking superiority over men, rather than equality(Source)

Anyways, on Saturday, the 17th, I was lucky enough to watch Kalki Koechlin perform a monologue called THE TRUTHS OF WOMANHOOD in the recently held Guwahati Theatre Festival. I missed many good plays during this festival but somehow managed to watch this one, in spite of being stuck in a never-ending traffic jam on the day of Vishwakarma Puja.

img_3401That’s her…comfortably performing in her pyjamas πŸ™‚

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I was totally mesmerised by her wonderful portrayal of being a woman in a patriarchial society. Kalki is such a natural performer and the emotions and body language which she conveyed during her act was so intense that even the men in the audience could relate and nod their head in agreement to what she was describing. The candid conversation with the audience that followed after the performance was a nice experience too! To someone’s question, she had replied that feminism is not male-bashing (and that she loves men πŸ™‚ ) or establishing women superiority but it’s the simple acknowledgement of the fact thatΒ  in spite of the differences they are born with naturally, both should consider each other as equals and above all as human beings. The moment one looks at another human being beyond not only their sex but caste, creed, colour & religion, life becomes much easier, simpler & beautiful too! And I could not agree more; I was already a fan of her but now a bigger one for sure! πŸ™‚

You can check out her monologue in this YouTube video here (performed in a different event) –

On Sunday I watched the much acclaimed PINK starring Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari & Andrea Tariang. I loved the movie for its honest portrayal of today’s society and the real issues a woman face when she decides to venture out and live her life on her own terms. One of the concluding dialogues from the movie that is going to stay with me for a long time and hopefully all the men who watched it too, is – Whatever the circumstances may be, ‘No’ means ‘No’ – the woman saying ‘no’ maybe an acquaintance, friend, girlfriend, a sex-worker or even the wife and when someone says ‘no’, you stop!

An apt movie in today’s society and must be watched by everyone for sure! Sharing a trailer of the movie here –

After these two strong and remarkable performances, the song on my mind is this – I am Woman by Helen Reddy; I love the lyrics of this one πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an’ pretend
‘Cause I’ve heard it all before
And I’ve been down there on the floor
No one’s ever gonna keep me down again

Oh yes, I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong
(Strong)
I am invincible
(Invincible)
I am woman

You can bend but never break me
‘Cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
‘Cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul

Oh yes, I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong
(Strong)
I am invincible
(Invincible)
I am woman

I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin’ arms across the land
But I’m still an embryo
With a long, long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

Oh yes, I am wise
But it’s wisdom born of pain
Yes, I’ve paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can face anything
I am strong
(Strong)
I am invincible
(Invincible)
I am woman

I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman

(Lyrics Source)

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13 comments

  1. It looks as though you had a wonderfully uplifting week. I love that Helen Reddy song too.
    Though I was born long after women were given the right to vote here, I was in college in the days of the bra-burning feminist movement. Never burned my bra and thought that some of the feminists of the time were a bit radical, I am thankful that they opened the doors to much greater respect of women and the greater opportunities of today.

    1. yes I did! πŸ™‚
      So true, thinking and taking steps a lil’ ahead of time goes a long way in bringing about that change and I am glad that there are people who are doing that πŸ™‚

  2. Brilliant poem. PINK is one such movie which is now a mass movement for change and Kalki’s show. She has always expressed through art form for change. How apt a definition what feminism is all bout.

  3. Feminazi is a misguided and off the mark and very unfair term. No feminist movement however radical has ever put humans in gas chambers or shot people into graves dug by themselves or done any harm to anyone. Feminists have only sought to uplift women. And to put the record straight, they have not burnt bras, ever πŸ™‚
    This is a wonderful post. Love it. I saw Pink too and thought it was a movie in the right direction.
    I am a feminist because I want equal rights and opportunities for all. I don’t understand why women have to qualify it with ‘but I love men’ whenever we happen to bring up the topic of equality. Are men so stupid as to not understand that demanding rights is not equal to hate? For example when a minority group of people demand rights, they don’t have to say, ‘but we love (other groups)’ But women have to explain as if to little children that ‘they love men’ for daring to talk about feminism.
    Oops! Such a long comment. May be I should write a post on this. Anyway, thanks for letting my mind (and words) wander!
    Once again, great post!

    1. thanks for dropping by Shail! πŸ™‚
      And I really look forward to that day when we all will be talking about equal rights for all, irrespective of our sex, caste, creed, religion, nationality, etc. Till then I am being hopeful with the baby steps some sections of our society are taking in that direction πŸ™‚

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