Article Title: Ladies compartmented: How to eat; how to laugh. Should we chew on it, or just guffaw?
This sarcastic article by Bachi Karkaria indirectly talks about the suppression of women in society.
She starts with how Renuka Chaudhary laughed hysterically at the PM’s speech ( The PM joked that her laugh was similar to the one in Ramayana) and how minister KirenRijijumade fun of her comparing her to Surpanakha ( Sister of Ravan) . She feels that on seeing such issues, we ordinary people wonder how low politicians would sink to demean each other.She similarly gave example of Indira Nooyi ( CEO of PepsiCo.) who announced the launch of ‘lady friendly Doritos’ (chips) as the original doritos presumptively embarrasses women as they create a lot of noise while eating , the flavouring sticks on the hands and they don’t fit in women’s handbags. Ms. Nooyi faced a lot of backlash and was even accused of food sexism. The author concludes that women are now not allowed to laugh as they please, crunch noisily and lick unladylike and are always expected to show best etiquette and she is actually calling out and criticising such practices.
Words to learn from this Article:
Guffaw: a loud and hearty laugh
Propriety: conformity to conventionally accepted standards of behaviour or morals
Deity: a god or goddess
Backlash: a strong negative reaction by a large number of people, especially to a social or political development
Etiquette: the customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group
Honey Traps: a stratagem in which an attractive person entices another person into revealing information or doing something unwise
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