Lunch break conversation in the cafeteria:
Me: So, what do you have for breakfast usually?
DesiColleagueGuy1: Yes, my wife wakes up early and makes them for me everyday.
DesiColleagueGuy2: Why do you act so shocked? His wife is just being a good ‘Bharatiya Naari’.
Me: What? Why do you label it that? Who set the benchmark for a Bharatiya Naari ?
DesiColleagueGuy2: Now don’t act all non-feminist. I just spoke fact.
Me: Firstly, it is ‘feminist’ without a ”non’. Do you even know what it means?
Me: The ‘Bharatiya Naari’ and its specifications all came from men.
DesiColleagueGuy2: So what?
Me: If women were given a chance they would change the definition of Bharatiya Naari, am sure.
DesiColleagueGuy2: Haha, who stopped them?
Me: Now, don’t get me started man.. .from time immemorial women have been treated inferior by men. Mostly because men are physically stronger.
DesiColleagueGuy1: How can you say that? I think it is more to do with mental strength and intelligence.
Me: And how is that?
DesiColleagueGuy1: Look, if women had enough mental strength and smartness to break the rules and go ahead, they would have! No man could have stopped them.
Me: You mean women were treated low because they were not as smart as men?
DesiColleagueGuy2: Of course! We even have a saying in my native language which translates to say “smartness of a woman is lesser than the sole of her feet” Hehe.
DesiColleagueGuy1: So, it has all to do with mental abilities ..and why men claimed superiority
Me: Huh? I will never accept women are any lesser than men when it comes to brains. I think it all started with physical differences. Men kept women subdued because they were the weaker of the sexes, physically. Since the age old days, men were the ones who built countries and formed laws.Women were hardly in picture!
DesiColleagueGuy1: Ah…Why were they not in picture? Because they were not smart enough.
Me: You don’t get my point!
DesiColleagueGuy2: All this argument because you don’t make paratheys for your husband every morning? Hahaha
Either my route to the argument was not strong enough or those two MCP’s were just not getting it.
What do you think? Bharatiya or not, for centuries, women were treated inferior by men. Things have changed/are changing for the better now..but how did it all start?
Was it physical differences or was there something else to it?