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Shabana Azmi: ‘Patriarchy affects not just women but also men’

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Shabana Azmi: ‘Patriarchy affects not just women but also men’

Bollywood’s veteran actor Shabana Azmi has given her tackle the age-old debate about feminism.

During an interview with IANS, the actor mentioned that patriarchy was not simply in opposition to ladies however it additionally limits the liberty given to males and impacts them drastically as effectively.

“Many years in the past, after I was a Member of Parliament, I used to be on a committee that was arrange by the chief minister’s spouse on the scourge of feminine foeticide,” she mentioned.

“Many steps at that time had been taken and one feels that in the end, it’s based mostly in patriarchy. The perception {that a} boy needs to be privileged at start due to being born male — that discrimination in opposition to the woman little one exists all via her childhood, adolescence after which later maturity,” she went on to say.

“What we have to do is to deal with patriarchy, as a result of patriarchy impacts not solely ladies but in addition males.

“Men additionally internalise. We have particular concepts of how a person ought to behave. Boys ought to by no means cry — why should not they? Why is it regarded down upon?

“Why do we, at the age of three, decide that girls should be playing with dolls and the minute a boy decides to play with dolls we say, ehaww, this is terrible’. All this stratification that starts sometimes consciously and sometimes unconsciously, is what we need to really get to the root of,” she concluded.

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