I am sick and tired of this argument. The latest was a discussion on a show, where the leads have gotten married and after that the heroine is showing no signs of going back to work. Without getting into the details, given the story they have shown and the kind of character she has been made out to, I don’t think it makes sense. I strongly felt that she should be shown going back to work. There are a few things in a show which can justify why she may not return a while, but that has not been cited as a reason yet. So, there was some debate going on around it. There were people who agreed to my point of view and there were those who thought it was not inconsistent with her character if she did not want to start working again. I did not agree with their reasoning, but that is fine. It is a matter of individual interpretation and opinion. And it is a fictional show after all.
But then the “Godwin’s law” equivalent of any discussion around women’s professional life happened. Somebody started with “what is wrong in being a home-maker”, “homemaker’s is a 24/7 job and you don’t even get rewards immediately” etc. etc. What the hell! Nobody was saying that being a home-maker is wrong. People were only arguing that it did not suit the character or the circumstance. But this was a golden strike from the other side. I figured I would have to put more time in putting disclaimer against this general debate that actually debating the character and her decision. So, I called it quits.
It bugs me. This was just a fictional show and any India TV series is unlikely to remain logical for long. But the problem is that it happens far too often even when real life issues are being discussed. I wish I could somehow once and for all convey to all those “what is wrong in being a homemaker” banner holders that not all discussions about women’s career have to boil down to your question. So, can you please shut up and stop emotionally blackmailing people when nobody is arguing about your question at all?
If a discussion happens on this post through comments, how long will it be before someone poses the same question? 🙂