How TOI created gender stereotype and male hatred

On 1st February, 2015 TOI has published an article creating an abominable gender stereotype against Indian men. This article from Dhawani Desai states a recent judgement of an Australian court that absolved an Indian man of stalking charges citing Indian culture and Bollywood influence on him as the reason.

Things we want men to stop doing - TOI

This article was titled “Things we want our men to stop doing”. Let’s see what this article demands for. It demands the Indian man of stop doing the following –

  1. Eve Teasing

  2. Glaring at women

  3. Not giving space

  4. Taking pictures

  5. Spitting and urinating on the roads

  6. Scratching private in public

  7. Slapping girlfriend / wife / sister

  8. The working home maker

Now let’s see what each of these demands is in detail –

  1. Eve teasing

The article included following behaviour such as whistling, passing comments, accidental brushing in public transport as the behaviours of Indian men and it claims that these prove that Indian men think of women as commodities.

I am surprised to see that when such acts done by men is considered as crime why she had to again mention them as a daily occurrence in India. But we have seen such acts done by women are not considered as crime at all and that is what should be discussed. Men experiencing such offences can not even register a complaint and in many cases get accused for no fault of theirs.

The writer created a gender stereotype and shamed every Indian man as if it is all Indian men who are to be blamed and there is no woman who had ever done any of these. This article told me that we can not expect a better standard of journalism from a newspaper that reported the Rohtak sisters’ incident as bravery of the girls and didn’t see the real crime involved.

  1. Glaring at women

This article blames that Indian men (who it terms as desi men) of glaring at every passing woman including the wife / girlfriend / sister of his own friends.

First of all, the way it mentioned about desi men in an abominable tone it shows author’s hatred for her own country. I am surprised to see such anti national people still get to write columns in nation’s leading daily. Also the author blamed the entire menfolk in India for this habit (or bad habit).

It only reminds me that this is how some women try to attract attention. When they are not even worth a glance, they claim they were ogled at by men, simply to show their importance. I remember Rohtak sisters who claimed of being molested 2000 times in public places. We know how fake this claim was and understand in reality they would have extorted money from so many innocent boys and their families. Thanks to Rohtak sisters such attention seeking women are exposed today, but I never knew some of them have started writing columns for TOI as well.

  1. Not giving space

Her claim is men do not give space to women while walking down the road or in elevator. She says “almost always a woman has to manoeuvre her way around”.

Here she complained against all Indian men. So men who have given her space in elevator or went aside seeing her coming their way owe an apology from her for such generalization. These men include her male colleagues in TOI office or wherever she works.

  1. Taking pictures

She blamed men of taking others’ pictures without their permission. With the advent of camera phones this has become a nuisance. We don’t even get to know when someone is taking our picture without our consent. Unfortunately I have never seen anybody taking others’ pictures in public places and I am not sure how she had seen the same except she or any of her friends had done the same. If she had ever found someone else’s pic without their permission, I would like to know her reaction to that incident and the result.

Again blaming only men for this act is highly unjustified. Mostly I have found women glued to their mobiles all the time. Much more compared to the men around me. I am not sure how many times these girls were busy taking unauthorized snaps. In any case the writer owes an explanation to all Indian men for such generalization against them.

  1. Spitting and urinating on roads

Yes, these are bad habits. To stop this we need more public toilets at important crossings and in main roads. Recently feminists have raised this issue in the name of women empowerment and demanded public toilets for women. MRAs didn’t hesitate to support and wanted toilets for all.

Today due to lack of proper facilities men are forced to urinate in public. If we want to change this habit then we need to have necessary infrastructure in place rather than blaming men.

Indian men are considered as providers and protectors of their families and hence are forced to stay outside their home for work purpose much more compared to women.  Since they do not get the comfort or luxury of urinating in their own toilets, they are forced to do the same in public. Women do not face this challenge today as they stay indoors most of the time (compared to men). So blaming men for these habits is absolutely ridiculous.

Spitting on the streets is again is not very gender specific. Dust in our roads is mostly responsible for this. Women can cover their face with their Dupatta to avoid from dust when they are on roads, but men do not have that option. So blaming men of spitting on roads shows her hatred towards men and nothing else.

  1. Scratching private in public

So here is a sexist objection. Why do men scratch their private parts in public? The writer claims private parts mean that anything needs to be done with these parts within the privacy of four walls. I forgot showing private parts in public and claiming that as empowerment is only women’s prerogative. The moral guardians like TOI and writers like her are ready to make sexist comments about men and go unpunished simply because she is a woman.

Today anything said to a woman becomes sexist and the same things said against men are acceptable. Don’t agree with me? Try telling women not to show their cleavage in public or keeping their extra skin display to the four walls of their room, and see what happens.

  1. Slapping girlfriend / wife / sister

Here comes another sexist and abominable comment from the author. The author says, many movies still show men slapping their girl friends and reminds Indian men that they are not supposed to slap women. This is done at a time when this is considered as a crime and not taken lightly, whereas a woman slapping a man is considered as empowerment. We have many instances when Indian media reported such incidents as bravery of women and we did not even bother to know the truth behind each of these stories.

By showing this as a habit of Indian men the author once again tried to shame all Indian men and created a hateful gender stereotype against men. According to her and the media groups all Indian men beat their wives / sisters / girl friends. This perception created by author tells me why Indian men who get such treatment from their wives or girl friends do not even get a fair treatment, because they are already considered as criminals by such shameless authors and mainstream Indian media.

  1. The working home maker

The article states that most men seek working homemaker and expects her to take care of both office and home. But such expectations exist from women as well, they want a better earning husband or always marry above their status, so if men also have some expectation from their women then what is wrong? Also not all women who work financially contribute to their family.

Reality in India is the percentage of women who work is very less compared to the percentage of men who are forced to work. Women join workforce based on their wish, many leave their jobs during divorce to get more alimony. None of these women can be forced to contribute to their families financially. If men try to influence her decision of either working or not working that may be considered as domestic violence. Any money or help sought from the wife can be considered as dowry demand, harassment.

The article demand that such working women do multitasking, whereas in reality all of them may have a maid or two to help and lot of electrical gadgets to take care of their work. Many do not even contribute to household work at all. Also all such household helps are provided by the men in the family. Even if we consider these as the job of the woman, no woman pays for the maid or the washing machine. So in fact it is the maid or the machine that does the work and not the working women. Anybody who feels oppressed because she needs to take care of work both at home and at office may stay single to avoid cribbing about in future. Marriage is all about sharing and caring. When husband is providing all facilities without any contribution from the wife, the wife becomes duty bound to take care of the family as well. Also the decision on division of household work is better left to the couple themselves rather than someone else intervening.

This article in TOI shows how newspapers create gender stereotype and male hatred in India. This is showing how low the journalists can stoop to shame a nation that reads them. The way men are being blamed for everything today, even the nicest men can be blamed by most criminal women. Such is the power of gender hatred created through such articles. If these authors go unpunished for their sexist comments, if the media house do not apologise for publishing this article then Indian men can forget about a dignified life. Any attention seeking criminal woman can blame the most dignified man.

As a man, if you feel insulted by the TOI article then demand a written apology from the author and the newspaper, by writing to dhawani.desai@timesgroup.com and to the TOI editor.

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7 thoughts on “How TOI created gender stereotype and male hatred

  1. You are one of a kind of blogger, Partha.

    I am not a feminist. However, I cannot deny the men menace happening in our country. I agree that men as a whole should not be blamed because of a few. But what those few does has such high impact that it has its say on the total men community.

    //So in fact it is the maid or the machine that does the work and not the working women. //

    What makes you think washing clothes is the only house-hold work? What most maids do is do the dishes and clean the floor. Do you think it is all that is required to maintain a home, especially when there’s a kid around?

    And tell me aren’t there men who while away half their time in offices on the name of a profession and come home tired demanding for a coffee?

    //Anybody who feels oppressed because she needs to take care of work both at home and at office may stay single to avoid cribbing about in future.//

    Don’t men crib about their office stress? Most men do about so many things – traffic, pollution, sex life, boss, increment. In fact they only have a single role to play. It doesn’t mean they better remained single. Cribbing is a not a crime. It’s a part of psychological relief, be it a for man or a woman. If someone doesn’t crib about anything at all, he is either a depression patient or is showcasing only one side of his life.

    Until men stop tagging ‘after all’ to a home maker’s job, women will not stop cribbing. That’s the bottom line.

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    1. Nandhini, welcome to my blog and thanks for your comment. Here are my pointed replies

      Men menace happening the country – Do you know about women menace. Read my blog you will know. Do you know how these newspapers and media create such gender hatred, this article is one example. Women engage in sex and they file false rape case, they file false dowry case on the entire family and extort money. Simply because you do not get to see those news, that doesn’t mean that is not rampant.

      Working women with kids – How many are there? Do you know the percentage. Mostly either they leave their job or have someone to take care of the baby 24 hours at home. In Many cases the husbands hep them too.

      Men have single role to play..haha you are saying that after reading my post on Airiel. I think you did not understand the post. Women today have no responsibility anywhere. They can stop all work they claim they are doing and all responsibility becomes a man’s responsibility. They don’t have to earn and contribute financially to their family, they can go to their parents house for long time, even if they deny doing everything there is no punishment for them. Rather they can enjoy free lunch in the name of maintenance and alimony.

      I know men who take care of everything including children after their wife died or they got divorced. I take care of all my work except a child’s care. Yes child’s care is substantial work. But there are many helps that are available too.

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    1. Hi, Thanks for stopping by. These are serious issues and you need to immediately raise your voice against such baneful comments against men. Else very soon even criminal women will seriously vilify innocent and best men and all men will lose their dignified life. This is a serious issue, please do not take it lightly

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  2. Partha, kudos for your slow, steady but determined work to help men. Great article to expose these idiots at the TOI. More importantly it is so overwhelming to see someone finally SPEAK up and this actually proves that I am not insane to doubt some general trends in gender issues. And that there are men who actually are victimised by women and who actually feel like me.
    Note an interesting case beyond India. How women are always favoured yet they cry foul. How patriarchy helps, yet how they howl and curse. In Saudi Arabia, a blogger has been sentenced with weekly whips for writing against the state. He has been sentenced along with his woman colleague for the last few months. Now soon after the death of King Abdullah, as the new King Salman took over he ordered to free the woman immediately; but no decision was made on the man. International agencies like even AP and AFP hailed the decision; but not any word, condemnation or plea was raised for Raif Badawi.
    Feminists please enlighten on this?

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