If you ask me what it means to be a modern girl, I’d say she is absolutely anything she wants to be, no restrictions, just free to *be*. But obviously, my definition gravely differs from what CBSE textbooks think of the same.
“The girl in the modern age is generally very smart, intelligent, conscious and fashionable. She is always imitating the male in fashion, ambition and professional endeavours”, says this book made to educate school children.
Nope, I’m not reciting some manuscript from the 19th century, this is actually a compilation of essays meant for CBSE and ICSE students. Shockingly, the collection of essays was first published in 2013 and later even revised in 2015. This particular one called ‘The Modern Girl’ has been authored by Purabi Chakrabarty and there’s just a single way I would describe it - absurd.
Yeah, so ladies if you’re into working out and eating right, it’s not because you want to stay healthy, it is because you only care about your figure and beauty. And if you’re into makeup and beauty, that obviously means you’re self-centred and don’t care about your family cause how dare you be actually interested in something for yourself?!
First of all, how has this essay not been edited? The grammar nazi in me is cringing!
The sexist statements made in this essay actually overtly promotes gender-based hate, prejudice and blatant misogyny. It was originally shared on Facebook by a man who was appalled to see this in his cousin’s textbook. The post instantly went viral as netizens began to slam the author, the board and the book itself.
Wow this is not parody. The definition of a "modern girl" in a school essay book, via @mtanmay from the wall of Abhik Hazra. Modern girls are apparently "self-centred creatures". https://t.co/6cNunsA4ME pic.twitter.com/HMnX4QTlrx
— Rituparna Chatterjee (@MasalaBai) 20 August 2018
Current School Essays and Letters by Purabi Chakraborty has misleading, damaging content on the essay "The Modern Girl". Can we together stop for misguiding young minds 🙏#misleadingcontent @narendramodi @SushmaSwaraj @Manekagandhibjp pic.twitter.com/YoCS5qiwhY
— MBordoloi (@Priyaz27) 21 August 2018
What a disgusting definition of modern girl! Students should unlearn this if already they have learned from the book. pic.twitter.com/MONJdSFbkh
— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) 21 August 2018
"Most of the modern girls are indifferent to their duties as a loving wife, daughter or mother." What is this despicable nonsense prescribed to school kids? No wonder this is no country for women. https://t.co/iPWXx9rSFr
— Sumeet Kaur (@Sumeetkaur102) 23 August 2018
Lmaoooooo, how insecure and frightened of "modern girls" do you have to be to make this a part of the school syllabus? https://t.co/nJAEmJ7Dj3
— Sad Background Music (@iamdatemike) 22 August 2018
Women have fought strong, hard and long to reach the stage they are currently at and teaching things dipped in sexism and gender bias is just taking us two steps behind. Children's minds are easily shaped and if these regressive opinions are the readings for them then only God can help us women. No wonder our country ranks 125 on the Gender Inequality Index.
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