Posted by Kouser Fathima
With elections around the corner, the sexist attacks on female politician can’t be ignored. Female politicians across parties are censured for their physical appearances, choice of clothing while sexist comments about them hardly evoke any response. For instance, Mayawati has constantly been attacked for her looks, politicians have called her ‘ugly’ and, ‘worse than
At a rally in Ghazipur, Om Prakash Singh had said, “Aap log
BJP MLA Sadhna Singh says about BSP chief Mayawati, “Jis din mahila ka blouse, petticoat, saari phat jaaye, wo mahila na satta ke liye aage aati hai. Usko pure desh ki mahila kalankit maanti hai. Wo
Why can’t political opponents criticise them for their flawed politics without launching an attack on their looks or clothes? We rarely see male politicians scrutinised for their physical appearances.
Even Smriti Irani has been subjected to body shaming, comments against her personal life. Recently Congress ally Jaydeep Kawade made crude remarks against Smriti Irani. He said that she wears a big bindi on her forehead and the size of the bindi keeps getting bigger as she changes her husband.
Above mentioned are just a few examples to highlight the chauvanistic attitude of our politicians towards female politicians. Politics is not a field famed for gallant behaviour but at times some of them stoop to a new low when it comes to female politicians. The crude language mixed with profanities reserved for female politicians reflects the deep rot in the psyche of men who are not comfortable to see women fighting and holding onto power. These men get disturbed by independent women who can challenge them.
These politicians are our lawmakers and enforcers but they themselves lack the basic decency when dressing their female colleagues.
These women are powerful politicians but are still subjected to misogynistic comments which should worry about the treatment meted out to the common women in our society. Why can’t political opponents criticise them for their flawed politics without launching an attack on their looks or clothes? We rarely see male politicians scrutinised for their physical appearances.
These politicians are our lawmakers and enforcers but when they themselves lack the basic decency when dressing their female colleagues, how can we expect them to respect and protect the larger female population? Why do parties shield these uncouth politicians and more importantly why do female politicians keep quiet when they hear sexist rants against each other? Why don’t they stop or at least speak out against such disgusting behaviour? Are political affiliations and ideologies bigger than female dignity?
These questions need to be asked for we have handed the task of protecting our women to these politicians who leave no occasion to demonstrate their sick mentality. Hardly any party takes disciplinary action further making it easier for these politicians to repeat such comments.
Kouser Fathima is a blogger/writer who writes mostly on women-centric issues. You can follow her on Twitter.