Enough with the sexist remarks!
Sexism in a patriarchal society is scattered in amounts, large and small, which eventually create a profound impact little by little. It is like that unwanted drizzle of rain on an otherwise perfectly sunny day.
Incidents of sexism occur unexpectedly, in an instant. But that one moment, one comment, is enough to build agony in a person's mind, which eventually translates into spite. Women are burdened with this negative energy that continues to build up unless channelled out.
It is often difficult to resonate with these statements unless one has been in the receiving end of such remarks. Unfortunately for women, it something we tend to face every other day in any given setting — at the bank, at the doctor's chamber, at the airport, and the list goes on.
Sharing a recent incident where I was going about my day and expecting to receive my hard-earned pay-check from an international source, I called the bank to know the reason behind its delay. In an instant, my excitement turned into anguish as I was questioned, quoting Mr Banker, "Who sends you money from abroad, does your husband reside there?"
What gives the right to an unknown serviceperson to go forward with this unnecessary query? Under what rationale does he expect me to answer this question? Why does he automatically assume that women are typically reliant on their partner for finance? Aren't women capable and independent enough to earn on their own, especially in this era?
This incident may seem trivial, but it is just one drop in the ocean. Women everywhere are thrown into the face of such situations more often than we can approximate. It is not the matter of just "one incident," but that last straw which finally breaks our bubble of positivity and politeness.
We are captivated in a spiral of toxic masculinity that pervasively resides in our ecosystem, where the more we try to dodge such adversities, the more they chase us, constantly challenging our patience. And several women alike echo this sentiment.
While we unanimously dream of a day where we can call sexism a thing of the past, alongside, we work collectively towards enervating dogmatic stereotypes of female subjugation deeply embedded in a patriarchal society.