Get Inspired, Be Empowered › Forums › Sexism & Patriarchy › Why is it that only women are expected to display their marital status? › Reply To: Why is it that only women are expected to display their marital status?
WHY IS IT THAT ONLY WOMEN ARE EXPECTED TO DISPLAY THEIR MARITAL STATUS?
Women are termed as Miss, Ms., Mrs. According to their status whether married or unmarried. But men are not termed as differently and common word has been applied as Mr., only young male is called as Master but apart from that all adults are categorized or known as Mr. So why women have to display their status by adornments and titles as to whether married or not?
Married women are told to put on adornments such as ‘sindoor’ or ‘toe ring’ or ‘bangles’ as wearing this will identify women as married. And as per this, they are titled as Mrs. And so, after being in each area of activity or work they have to introduce themselves as Mrs. Young girls are referred to as Miss. And the ones who are older and not married are titled as Ms. So, from these titles we can say that women are mostly expected to display their status because it old-time tradition or rule which still continues and as always there are some patriarchal thinking behind this too.
By this practice one thing observed is differentiation among women’s and it is accepted by them because there is no other option or way out to display their status. But if titles are not given, then adornments are compulsory for each married woman and are taught to wear them because they are married and it will differentiate them from others, it should be done according to traditions and social beliefs which makes women do so whether she likes or doesn’t.
It still exists because it was made in the old times and so once rule made applies to a long time until and unless someone makes an effort or brings a change in society.