Interesting post that is sure to generate discussions & differing viewpoints…so many factors involved (I.E. gender roles, race, stereotypes, societal norms, cultural views, wage inequality, Socio-economic status, power, intimidation…all the ingredients & fixings needed for making a winning prime-time soap opera…FOXTV’s “Empire” anyone? ) Sorry, had to throw in a plug for my favorite new show, but I digress… 😉
I am surprised and somewhat disappointed by the response given to Michelle Obama in India on social media. A lot of jokes have been cracked at her expense. Most of them involve her physical appearance. She has a commanding presence which we are not used to. She is too tall and too dark for us. We, the Indian men with height complex and small you know what complex feel threatened right away. We feel more comfortable with “wheatish” north indian types. If a woman is strong in a true global sense we feel very uncomfortable. The men simply see women as an extension of their achievements. An American president was supposed to have a perfect trophy wife.
Our ideal woman is fair, “medium height”, educated but not more than her husband, modern enough to post those cute pictures on FB but definitely not independent. She has a worldview developed in…
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