We at HuffPost Parents value a girl's ability to be multidimensional and to be passionate about what she loves, whether that means adoring princesses, dinosaurs, superheroes or all of the above. We as...
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Choosing the stereotypes we want to break.
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It’s time we acknowledge that driving skills are truly gender-agnostic.
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Our university system appears to be reinforcing gender stereotypes.
One day, the conversation at home had my husband state very clearly, "I am not a multitasker. Please don't ask me to do two things at the same time." I was dumbstruck. All I had asked of him was to ch...
I've never been intimidated by my wife's lofty career ambitions.
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I don't think it is in my nature to be confrontational. Unless it is with my parents or people who I know very well, I don't usually pick fights or arguments, even if there's a difference of opinion....
To advance as a society, the way we perceive fatherhood has to change. More importantly, men and boys must be empowered with the agency to participate at home without judgment. Across the world, 79 countries have taken basic measures to implement paternity leave policies, but the involvement of fathers in caregiving is still not perceived as valuable. It's not just patriarchal societal norms that limit men, it is an entire system that leaves them out in key policies that involve caregiving.
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I see women breaking taboos and creating stories of inspiration every day as they find their way to dreams that were unachievable not too long ago. I see them in the form of Prema Ramappa driving a bus, in the form of bartender Shatbhi Basu as she juggles bottles to give you a great drink, in the form of Bachendri Pal as she climbs the mountains, in the form of village girls walking long distances to school and in the form of every woman executive.
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The other day, I went for a movie at the PVR Cinema in Saket, New Delhi, and had the most annoying experience of gender discrimination. The guards at security check stopped me and said I could not go inside with my backpack (a laptop bag, but sans a laptop) because it was not a "ladies' bag".
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I recently became aware of a stereotype that is apparently quite prevalent in some Western countries -- the widespread belief that women are "bad at math". Luckily, this stereotype does not exist in India.
For me, equal rights would be achieved when we, the womenfolk, stop expecting men to vacate the seat for us, when that announcement in the metro limits itself to aged and the differently abled people, and when, in case of a fight, my son and the girl he has a tiff with, are both dealt with on common grounds.
Ancient tantrik texts mention that a yogini's power stems from her body, her femininity. She feels her power, or Shakti as it's called in tantrism, through her menstrual cycle, her fertility, her sexuality, her experience of childbirth and breastfeeding - experiences and paths to power that are completely shut to the male world. Unlike her, the only option her male counterpart has is to use kriya yoga (or physical poses) to awaken his chakras.