Is it a male privilege or female privilege to work in harshest conditions and deadliest environments and die not because of choice but because of helplessness of being a male in this female friendly society and system? Feminists claim to want equality, but expect special treatment. Rather than competing men on a level footing they want special laws that favor women, want reservation in various institutions in India. They have come up with a absurd concept of male privilege and citing it demand special privileges for females. They like to think men and women are the same, but freak out the second men start treating them like men and there is a discussion on active role of females in combat . Feminists want men to become more feminine and sensitive, rather than emasculating themselves for equality.
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More than 85% work place related deaths are that of men( NCRB Data 2015). Be it war, sewers or ship breaking all of the dangerous and dirty jobs in the world are left to men. Why aren’t these so called equality seekers asking or motivating women to take up such jobs where risk to life is more. Women’s right advocates want to empower women wanting equal pay and opportunities for women. But with great power comes great responsibility( Spider man ). Why don’t they motivate women to shoulder equal responsibility and take up jobs which involves danger to life also.
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Hundreds of men are dying in the sewers doing the cleaning work so that the drains used by feminists or some them who are an extreme “the Man Haters”, are clean and unclogged. Since 2010, there have been 356 such deaths, or about 44 every year in India . This annual average has already been outstripped in 2017, India’s sewage system has killed 90 people so far. In Delhi alone in the past 100 days, 39 people had died across India while cleaning sewers. Recently, while cleaning sewage three men died in Noida, three in Bhavnagar, in Rajkot, in Meerut, in Delhi, in Chennai, in Chandigarh, the list is endless and these are all MEN.
Male Privilege: A MYTH
With ever growing Indian population more competition and availability of less opportunities men in India are forced to take up such jobs as they are forced into a role provider and a protector of the family. Men are the bread winners in India Men have to shoulder the responsibility of children ageing parents, brothers and sisters( if elder) and a wife. they need to provide for children’s education health daily needs and emergencies of the family.
But men are expected to work and earn. A woman may choose to help a man shouldering his responsibilities if she wishes so otherwise if a man ask her to help out she may file a domestic violence case. Men at various stages of life and various platforms are crudely asked about how much they earn. For example at the time when a man is looking for a bride but i have not heard this question being asked to a girl at the time of marriage. if a man is jobless he will not find a suitable girl rather he will not find any girl to get married.
Females have privileges that is they have the option to work only if they want. They can have a career themselves or they can marry someone with one and be in a financial position where they don’t have to be a star in their career, or they can work in an industry that pays very poorly but gives them easy work like teaching or social work, or they can work part-time, or they can be a stay at home mom/wife. Nobody will question her choice.
Recently a man committed suicide because he was fed up of the taunts of his wife as he was unable to earn while she was working in a beauty parlor and earning. it is a big taboo if a capable or even an incapable man in India is not earning. Men are committing suicide out the guilt of being incapable of earning. if a man is jobless he is considered as burden by friends and relatives even by his own parents. but for a jobless woman there is always a husband or a father or a brother who has to take care of her no matter what. in one of the judgement by supreme court it was ruled for a jobless man that he should beg borrow or steal but pay maintenance to his wife.
This so called male privilege is a MYTH. In present times, in countries like India, men are over burdened and over stressed because of the forced role assigned to them of a provider and a protector. Cultural and social system is such that the day a male child is born it is looked upon as a future provider and protector. in unfortunate circumstances if a father or adult male dies in a family all responsibility, that of all females in the family and younger siblings, comes down to the eldest male child who maybe a minor. Whether it is male privilege or female privilege to work in harshest conditions and deadliest environments and die not because of choice but because of helplessness of being a male in this female friendly society and system? Readers can comment in the comment box.