People are so good at unsolicited advice. Unlike common sense, it comes naturally to everyone. Women of course, are the Nosey Uncleji’s favourite targets – everything about our clothes, our careers, and our choice (gasp!) of men, sets them off into giving friendly, “well-meaning” advice.
I reached out to women around me to ask for pieces of such friendly, well-meaning, yet entirely unsolicited advice they had received. The following are 10 such examples of unsolicited advice received by various women, at various times about various problems that may or may not have been on their mind.
(Body-shaming, slut-shaming and moral policing is very often conducted by women over other women – a consequence of internalized misogyny. Read our piece on internalized misogynyto better understand it.)
I hope these pieces of unsolicited advice transformed your life radically, just as they did mine!
In the Indian imagination, an ‘Aunty’ is a middle-aged, usually fat woman who is married and has children. Young women, especially unmarried ones, either do not want to associate with the term or are expected to steer clear of it.
The gendered implications of the NEP policies are also significant, in the sense that women will not have an equal opportunity to learn English, given that parents often spend less on a girl's education and research has shown that parents prefer to send boys to private schools and girls to government schools.