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Looking Beyond Physicality-International Women’s Day 2011

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It shows the beauty of the women and the abuse she suffers.

Women, for long have been a buffoon puppet of the media and entertainment. From a velvet image in the past, women today have been incited to arousals, real or fake, who cares?

Women, for long have been a buffoon puppet of the media and entertainment. As a gratifying toy, women have mainly been recognized as an object of seeking pleasure by pulling their psychological and physiological strings. Women, more often have been recognized for their physicality and least for their inner beauty. The media portrayal of women today is nothing less than an active and passive eroticization that often leads to a desire for voluptuous figures and augmentations in young girls, an accession sadly not of their intellectual and emotional self, but more often of their physical self. Billboards, magazines, video games, music videos, internet and even sometimes in movies, people love to see women unclad. As a poster girl, physicality of a woman displays her audacity to bare it all in public, showing a gallantry for fame that’s not far away from shame. From a velvet image in the past, women today have been incited to arousals, real or fake, who cares? The fact of the matter is that women are being used and sometimes even violated to animate passionate emotions and media largely has been the impetus to it. What then is the consequence of such consummation? Is it dignity alone that’s at jeopardy or does it hurt conscience too? Does this portrayal influence our value systems and family integrity? Or is it giving a wrong message to a docile child next door? Most importantly, is it in any way affecting our social systems? The answers to these questions may not have one possible solution, as many would have differing perspective on this issue. The idea of this post, however, is not just to seek solutions. But to raise concern for covert and restricted opportunity structure that women exist in and for the innumerable overt ways their talents are judged.

Also, one of the many fall-outs of an inappropriate media message is abuse and sexual violence against women that inadvertently leads to annihilation of positive emotions. In the pursuit of objectification, how different is the sex trafficking trade that causes illegal physical gratification and immoral manifestation? To what extent can the brothel businesses that so graciously put an innocent girl on sale be ruled out from their glooming, yet ever growing flesh trade? Moreover, is objectification of women concoction of a stark expression that lacks subjectivity? These are few stances that need to be uncovered and emphasized as we usher into a new epoch marked by the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day 2011. Undoubtedly, for United Nations to achieve their goals of equal access for women in the fields of science & technology, education, training and decent work, in a way necessitate a facelift of women in general, including of those who have been trafficked and have suffered turmoil in trenches, so that tomorrow when we look at a woman, we could look beyond her gender and her physical appeal.

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By Lady D on March 10, 2011 at 11:38 am

Good article.

Cher: Family, depending on the definition. It has been a word to keep women in thier place for a long time.

Until women are willing to assert themselves as human beings and not fold to societies definition, of what it means to be female. They will be used and abused.

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By SZU on March 11, 2011 at 12:08 am

It's about time we raise our voices against the 'male gaze'; that will only be productive if women start taking charge of the economy!

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By Barkha Dhar on March 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Yes you are right Cher, its the family that can do a lot. First thing being changing the way we perceive women - just as care givers who most of the time have limited opportunites outside the four walls. I guess, we women may also have to work a little and come out of our scarficial nature. But besides this people still need to be aware of the dire consequences that Media's wrong influence can have in times today. That being said, it's important to understand Media's role from a broader perspective( not just always good or not just always bad).

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By Barkha Dhar on March 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Hey Lady D,

I agree families have to change thier perspective on defining a women's role. Despite a lot of work in gender equality, our socitey still lags the way we define a mother, daughter, wife or a sister and yes a lot of this realization has to begin with us, women.

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By Barkha Dhar on March 15, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Yup Szu!...hope that time is not to far away. It certianly shall be a dream come true for all those women who have sacrificed thier lives for this social cause. I wish we women can further create a dent and rise above the glass cieling. It shouldn't be just for a few or fraction of us, but all of us.

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