Roshni – Sexism embedded in Indian traditions
Religion was created in order to guide humans on how one should behave in their daily lives as well as govern their contacts with other humans. Hence, religion started to conduct human affairs and govern humans in accordance to the moral code it contained. Traditions, then started to be born, as a result to ensure that the people followed the religious moral code. However, traditions became sexist due to the fact that at that time, physical strength was the most important attribute for survival, And since men are usually stronger – with many exceptions of course – they became the superior gender and women became the inferior gender. Due to this reason, traditions placed “differences” between men and women making society to unconsciously think that men are superior than women.
Traditions like Rakhi, Lohri, Karva Chauth, and Kashiyatra (South Indian tradition) are some traditions that are still celebrated in Canada and around the world that are sexist. They place an immense importance on having a male figure in a female’s life. Our goal is to shed light on the misogynistic and sexist underlying tones of these traditions and allow people to truly understand the meaning behind these traditions and allow them to change for the better. Thus, by changing these traditions men and women are on a equal level and we are able to allow humans to pursue their best potential without emphasizing on gender. In other words just like how humans have evolved over many years, our ideas of gender must evolve as well. We do not intend to stop celebrating these tradition but change them to equally celebrate girls and boys.