Lipstick Under My Burkha feat. Feminism

Inside My Head | July 26, 2017 | By

Through this article I hope to establish certain misconceptions around Feminism and hope to evoke and influence your opinions positively towards equality.

What is Feminism?

The act of advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

How is it practiced?

Feminism can be practiced via a range of political or social movements that help define, establish, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social rights for women. We have seen the impact become reality on women’s rights, including the right to vote, to hold public office, to work, to earn fair wages or equal pay, to own property, to receive education, to enter contracts, to have equal rights within marriage, and to have maternity leave. Feminists have also worked to promote bodily autonomy and integrity, and to protect women and girls from rape, sexual harassment, and domestic violence.

What are the misconceptions around feminism?

There are millions of people who both inwardly and outwardly do not support the idea that there can be equality among men and women on basis of the argument that women are not the “same” as men so there can’t be equality. In other words, because their bodies are different (many say “weaker” and smaller), and because men and women have different physical capabilities, these physical differences mean equality is not possible. Also, many people fear that feminism will mean that men will eventually lose out – of power, influence, impact, authority, and control, and economic opportunities and also may bring about shifts in relationship balances.

It’s critical to understand that Feminism at its core is about equality of men and women, not “sameness.” Same does not mean equal. And in my view many people don’t understand feminism and think of it as giving preference to one gender over the other, whereas it actually means giving equal opportunity, not preferences. Yes, in the beginning we might need to favour and nudge the society into one direction but in the longer run, it will mean “Equal”.

Does the controversial movie “Lipstick Under My Burkha” articulate feminism?

Yes, definitely. #LipstickUnderMyBurkha is a sartorial of dark stories of women empowerment delivered with subtle humour. The mere fact that this women oriented film was barred by censor-board on account of hurting religious and traditional sentiments makes it worth a watch. The filmmakers decided to fight back, and won, and came back all stronger, giving them the middle finger. All I want to say is that this film is exactly what we need more of. The film peeps into the lives of some ordinary women, showing what it needs to show and makes a point, without being preachy. The film shows how women are forced to live double lives, silencing their dreams and urges or pursuing them secretively so they are not out-casted.  All this serious talks, delivered with great wit and timing by the actors is commendable.

I did wish the climax lasted much longer as I wanted to stick and engage with the film more. I definitely feel that these movies must be shown and taught in schools to boys & girls both alike so they understand and question our regressive society.

We know that red lipstick (much used in the movie) stands for rebellion and boldness, and it does so without even calling it out, so, what are you waiting for, put on your rocking red lipstick.  

Special Mention – Priyanka Desai, a luxury and style consultant in Mumbai who organized for premier of this movie at PVR Gold Class for us. She is starting a movement with this thought, and a thought of getting people together to talk about such subjects is novel. After-all all actions begin with a dialogue.  She also has her label – Praia Couture focused at resort wear so do check out her website if you have a vacation planned. 

Do you know where you personally stand on the issue of equality?

  1. Do you believe that women and men deserve equal rights and equal opportunities? If not, why not, specifically?
  2. Does reading about feminism acts and movements in media and news anger you? If yes, why?

Think back on what shaped your beliefs on these matters, was it the experiences you had as a child or in early adulthood? Your personal experiences with men and women, or what you read and watch in the media? Does your family or peers influence your beliefs?

In the end, do your beliefs actually feel right for you? Do they feel aligned with who you really are?

Do let me know in the comments below.

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