It's okay to be little disobedient…

With Bated Breath and Whispering Humblenes…
October 12, 2017
Death before birth
October 21, 2017

“To all the little girls who are watching, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.” – Hillary Clinton
She disobeyed the unwritten laws forced by the society, openly. She wore it like a badge of honour. They call her names, feminist, feminazi. But they will never understand her. And now she didn’t really care to explain herself anymore. She never understand why she was stopped from doing something. When she asked, they replied “because you are a girl”. She always stopped to question “why” and the answers that she usually got were far from satisfactory. 

She played in the sand pit, oblivious of the gazes. Her mother shouted “sit properly”. “Why, mother?”, She asked innocently. Mom answered, “because you are a girl”.

She wanted to pursue her dreams, be a doctor. Apparently her brother’s dream we’re bigger than her. She questioned again “but why?”. Father didn’t answer but she understood it was because she was a girl. Boys looked her up and down, and she didn’t look back. The reason, she knew. She didn’t have to ask. Thee answer was that she was a girl.

People thought it’s complicated, the rules of feminism. But you know what? There are not many. There is just one, ” to make her own decisions without anybody passing jugdement on her”. Not “allowing” or “letting” her do what she wants but understanding that it is her right as a human being to do that. And till the time we understand it, it’s alright to be a little disobedient every now and then, because she is a girl. 

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  1. Geeta Nair says:

    Society and parents in particular, often fail to help children understand the reason for the restrictions they impose on them. It’s always good to help them understand the dangers lurking be it from any source, and tell them ways to avoid them / fend for themselves. I’m sure that if we are a bit more patient, a bit more understanding’, a bit more sensitive and do not give such vague reasons like ‘because you are a girl,’we should be able to dissuade disobedience.

    • Sunrises says:

      Totally agree. Thanks for your views Geeta. We can certainly raise more informed and more responsible kids if we start explaining the logic. They may choose to accept or reject it.

  2. You nailed it. Expressed so well the difference. Our society has made it a taboo. One has to be more clear and practical in giving reasons apart from just the boy/girl difference.

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