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The Purity Myth.
A feminist is one who recognises the equality & full humanity of women & men. A woman doesn't need permission to have a voice or representation. There is a special place for her already. People worship Goddess Durga during the nine days of Navratri but forget to respect woman even during those days, what to say about other days and treat them as an inferior creation. Responsibility to yourself means that you don't fall for shallow & easy ways. To respect a woman includes respecting her opinions, admiring her understanding, appreciating her courage, instead of pulling her back through artificial and false patterns. Respecting woman means, respecting all women and not just honouring few & violating others.
A woman is not to be treated as a doormat. Women who love themselves are threatening to others because of their independent identity. Women make up one half of the society, our society will remain backward & in chains unless it's women are liberated, enlightened & educated. People celebrate the power of Goddess Durga but try to steal women power, by treating them as second place all the time, by violating their sense of self.
Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It's about making life fair for women everywhere. Culture does not make people. People make culture. Once you change for the better, you are no more guilty of continuing the misfortune present, because it is then the beginning of knowledge and building of righteousness.
There is NO female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. A woman is equally human to have her own opinion, thoughts & say, which must be honoured equally & not suppressed. Female friendships that work, are relationships in which women help each other belong to themselves and not abuse the other for being right in her place. A healthy mind leads to a rich culture.
In fact, any person who knows real love, real revolt, real desires or anything real, will know quite well that he has no need of any outside security or guarantee to be sure of his goals, because they know their certitude comes from their own drive. A mother is the best example of true dignity, by the way she thinks, feels & operates for her children, she beautifully brings back even those who have lost their path & have become prone to negativity. We all must learn such grace and live intentionally. May Ma Durga bless everyone with purity of mind, body & soul & awaken everyone to the spirit of righteousness. Happy Navratri.