Who seem to exactly is the Indian woman? Is she the sari-clad, tradition-embracing and culture-steeped stereotype featuring in most ‘K-serials’ or even booty-shaking, skimpily clad glamour doll heroine of the advanced Indian cinema?
As Bollywood toys with the identity belonging to the modern Indian woman, there seems to be a radical adjust in the social and cultural context too. Courtesy Bollywood, the average urban Indian is more tolerant towards conversations involved with sex, homosexuality, sex education and the likes. The image of the wonderful Indian woman too has transformed. Here are a few observations.
‘Women from good families’ were supposed to be shy, demure in addition to covered from head to toe. Any expression that previously had the slightest tinge of sexual passion was a tough no-no. And yes, no Porn Video before marriage!
Most women were ideally supposed to marry the very first man they realized or fell in love with and consider themselves doomed whenever that does not happen for some reason. Suicidal attempts resulting from unrequited love/betrayal were not uncommon.
Wet saris and rain dances was the farthest you could go to look sensual or beautiful (until Zeenat Aman trotted across the screen in a bikini)
If you touched alcohol or tobacco or even hung near with people who did, your reputation was in dire straits.
Nice girls were the ones that shunned fashion, partying, clubbing, fast bikes and naughty boys. A simpering, out of control miss was every man’s dream.
The limits connected with modernity are
defined by partying, negligible clothes plus loud behavior. It is perfectly
acceptable (and rather normal) to switch relationships and partners every few
months. That’s everyday life on the fast track!
Pre-marital sex and live-in romances are as acceptable as the song and dance activities.
Conservative clothing is only for wimps, doormats and victims with abuse.
Wet saris have given way to thongs, tankinis and what have you (and they are not an exclusive forte of the vamp or the ‘other woman’).
Women have become increasingly independent despite the fact that it still helps to simper and act helpless just about every single once in a while.