Everyday Sexism

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Let's Stop Dragging Mothers, Daughters And Sisters Into Every Conflict

From very early on in my childhood, I have memories of Indian men invoking the character of the women--usually mothers, daughters, sisters--of their adversaries to settle scores. In the more innocuous setting of middle-class living rooms, tales of female misfortune were accompanied by a great, slow shaking of heads, and an expressed inability to understand men who behaved "this way" towards women; didn't they have mothers, sisters, daughters of their own at home?