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Students exchange views on feminists and feminazis2 min read

October 1, 2015 < 1 min read

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Students exchange views on feminists and feminazis2 min read

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Manipal: Talk it Out held an open discussion on Monday, October 28 on the topic of ‘Feminists and Feminazis’ at the stairs of the Innovation Centre at MIT allowing the audience to express their views upon this social issue.

The discussion revolved around the present position of women in the society and what could be done to empower women. “A woman or man does not necessarily have to sign a legal paper to justify their love. Like women receive maternity leaves, even men should be given paternity leaves so that they’re given the responsibility of taking care of the child.” said, Aryaman a first year MIT student adding to the points put up by others in attendance.

The talk also addressed the thin line that separates Feminists from Feminazis. “Feminazi was a term coined by the patriarchal society to suppress women down. The stereotyping of women has to be stopped in order to improve the condition of the society. It’s the small things that are taught to children from a young age that help develop this mindset and cause such confusion between two such terms which are separated by a thin line. ”, said Ashmitha, a first year B.Arch student and also a participant of the talk.

The highlight of the arguments given by the audience was directed mainly towards the mentality of men in society. Many agreed that it is, in fact, the mentality of the public that has to change.

The talk was attended by Dr. Mira Baindur, a teacher at the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities, who put forth her views on the same and said, “In an India-centric environment, Feminism allowed for diversity. The change always starts with us and we make the society. Rights are supposed to be given and not taken.”

Edited by Antara Krishnamurthy