Slut shaming is a patriarchal tactic of stigmatizing or slandering women whose sexual conduct is perceived as falling out-of-line of the patriarchal script of sexual propriety, or so-called ‘virtuous’ femininity.
And after the Great Indian Lockdown due to Covid-19, which left thousands homeless and jobless, Working mothers fear for their incomes and jobs which had already been hanging by a thread in the past.
When the cluelessness of the man with respect to housework is normalised, the actual burden is thrust on the woman.
Capitalism keeps reinventing its forms of exploitation, be it by creating separate spheres of work or the globalised world of financial capitalism.
Following the COVID-19 lockdown, most paid care work services within the household has been suspended, shifting the burden of the household on the women and young girls.
ASHA workers are yet not provided with personal protective equipment or safety gears. The safety totally depends upon a bottle of sanitizer and 6 hours disposal mask.
As social distancing plays out, these women are finding the cost too high to bear. How does one conduct business which largely involves physical closeness and intimacy in the days of social distancing?
Mica is used in eyeshades, lipsticks, mascara, nail polish, blush and many such cosmetic products. 60% of the high-quality mica that goes into the cosmetic industry is sourced from India and most of it comes from scrap mining.
I feel, there is a unconscious gender stereotyping that runs deeper in our psyche every time, we gift a woman a pressure cooker. Ask yourself, would you ever gift a pressure cooker to a man unless he is particularly interested in cooking?
As domestic workers are rendered jobless and without financial and social security—the halted urban maid express exposes deep-rooted prejudices.