Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Photograph Of Her

- Rohit Revi, 1215306
  Rahul Joshi, 1215304
 

The concerns raised by Atwood are ubiquitous and all pervading. The roots of our civilisation are soaked in bigoted misogyny. Gender roles are enforced upon the unwilling and anything short of complete subservience to the normative, is deemed blasphemous. Masculinity imposes itself not just physically upon feminine characteristics, but on abstract platforms as well. Masculinity tries to vindicate itself on the same bigoted normative morals, that were vouched for by patriarchal social constructs all throughout recorded human history. In the wild, there are no ulterior gender roles, that are coerced
upon the unwilling. Biological roles are identical to perceived gender roles. Complex power structures do not exist in the wild. In pack animals, power structures are established by biological competence and evolutionary benefits. In human beings though, power is a living, breathing, perverted organism. So what has human cognition come at the cost of?

The Indian Mythology reiterates and reinforces patriarchy through glorified narratives. In
literature, characters of Sita, Draupadi, Kundhi and Gandhari are among the few feminine characters that occupy substantial spaces within the narratives. They are all tailored and demure; constrained within the roles ascertained by the narrator and his fictitious masculine characters. Measured in terms of her inabilities and her inadequacies, the modern woman is expected to be a quantified object that briefly reflects the chiselled traits of these mythological allusions. Every Indian woman is expected to be a compiled permutation of either Sita or Draupadi, as in accordance with her erstwhile role. The abstraction of human identities start from Gods and Goddesses; the aspired constructions of perfection. The perversion lies therein. The Goddess, therefore, was the original sin. We, as a collectiv consciousness, create ideas and manifest them in our imaginative narratives, thereby reinforcing and immortalizing them. As these narratives propagate across generations and cultures, their medium of propagation, the language, is strongly influenced by the nature of the ideas that characterize the narratives themselves. And so, 'humankind' came to be convenienced as 'mankind'; the long line of gendered human language and thereby, gendered human cognition.

We are so pathetically immobilized, caught within these circumstantial constraints of being born to a society and culture, that alternate cultures and societies appear false and farcical. The demure woman is the moral woman. Anything but, is a mutant caricature of her womanhood; a laughable deviance. If she vocalises her mind or her body, she is likened to harlots, but the very act is something only a harlot is presumed capable of. She's either an aspiring Goddess or a decadent prostitute. Typecasting the gender role to a female child was further facilitated by consistent and systematic indoctrination. Indoctrination through narratives. Their sexual maturity was glorified and a pompous ceremony was born out of it; a loud invitation to prospective grooms of all ages.

And today, with integration of the world, and subsequent disintegration of arbitrary geographic boundaries that decided where cultures end and begin, our view of 'society' became much more fluid and inclusive. The aesthetics of dwelling and clothing ceased to be cultural representations. Adolescents internalized elements from the universal pop-culture, and constructed their own identities. This influx of alien cultural elements were met with hostility, by host cultures everywhere. The narratives that facilitated our lives until then, had nothing to say about them. We were ethically and morally challenged. In this fit of moral insecurity, night clubs and other liberal social spaces were vandalised. The liberated woman and everything she represented was demonized and emulations were punished. The Goddess cannot wear denim.

8 comments:

Jason said...

Thumbs up, guys. Great work.

nileena nandakumaran said...

"Goddess cannot wear denim" ....brilliant...
The Indian soaps are classic example of how "good " women should be submissive and gentle..while the "bad " ones are loud rebellious..the real world influences the reel world but definitely one has to also conside the vice versa effects.

Dinesh Lourembam said...

Neat work guys.
keep it up

Thomas said...

Brilliant writing! I'm very impressed. Beautifully written.

Thomas said...

Brilliant writing! I'm very impressed. Beautifully written.

Thomas said...

Brilliant writing! I'm very impressed. Beautifully written.

Thomas said...

Brilliant writing! I'm very impressed. Beautifully written.

Thomas said...

Brilliant writing! I'm very impressed. Beautifully written.