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Semantee Chattopadhyay
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A stereotype is an over-generalized belief or thinking about a particular person, a group of people or a situation. Even if you don’t think about it you are constantly creating mental models and stereotyping the world around you. Our stereotypes are created by our experiences. On one side it’s good as it enables us to quickly make a decision, on the other hand, negative stereotypes affect us and the people around us badly.
Marital adornments may not seem harmful at the beginning but contribute to a socially constructed image that is often one dimensional and distorted. They contribute to the gender roles and norms assigned by society. Women are hired for the job of weeping by many upper-caste families. This gives the notion that women are weak and are vulnerable to exploitation. These women are called Rudalis and are paid for crying out loud on the death of the male family members. In India, as per the Hindu rituals women wear sindoor, bangles and mangal sutra to ward off the evil eyes from the husband. It is generally the woman who fast for their husbands wishing for their long life. This may not seem so harmful but it can be uncomfortable for many women. A woman who avoids these traditions is generally not considered to be a good woman. These marital adornments are not universal and vary according to different cultures. A third person usually judges if a woman is married or not by these norms. These norms generally signify that the husbands mark a territory on their wives. Sixteen adornments symbolise the marriage status for women which increase the allure of a woman for her husband. Another strong assumption made by our society is that women are excluded from the male gaze. Adornments are a superficial branding of the flesh. The husband does not wear any kind of marker of marriage. Why is it always the woman? Sure, it makes her look beautiful. But why is she judged if she chooses to not put those on?