About this series from The Indian Express:
Parineeti Chopra, Kalki Koechlin, Richa Chadha, Rhea Chakraborty, Bhumi Pednekar and Shweta Tripathi are among some names of the Hindi film industry who feature in a multi-starrer web-series “Man’s World”, made in support of UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development campaign.
Other names who will be seen in the series are Pritish Nandy, Soni Razdan, Shruti Seth, Aditi Singh Sharma, Cyrus Sahukar, Meiyang Chang, Anupama Chopra, Aditi Mittal, Naveen Kasturia, Miss Malini, RJ Malishka and Priyanka Bose.
An initiative by Y-Films, the youth division of Yash Raj Films, India’s leading movie studio, the series will go live on the Y-Films channel on YouTube on September 29. It has been made in association with British filmmaker Richard Curtis and his team at Project Everyone.
After watching the cringe-worthy trailer, we can only surmise that everyone associated with this web-series have never heard of Darwin or evolution and don’t know first thing about biology.
The series appears to be based on the assumption that gender differences are socially constructed, which is wrong. The differences in men and women are real, measurable biological differences. Men and women are different in their physical strength, emotional responses, sexual behavior, rational capacity, life preferences and on numerous other counts. Owing to the innate biological differences men and women fit different roles in the society and receive different treatment. Thus, gender is not socially constructed but is genetic, with only small behavioral variations across different cultures.
The series purports to show the gender role reversal, but we are sure that in that vein they will not show the following:
- Women working in hazardous environment (mines and factories) and men staying at home.
- Calamities wherein men and children are rescued first (by women rescuers), and women are left to die.
- Women fighting wars on borders to protect their countries.
- Women firefighters risking their lives saving people, mostly men and children.
- Women cleaning gutters.
- Women paying alimony and child support when their husbands divorced them to live with another woman.
- Women travelling standing in public transport trains while men occupying seats despite having their own reserved compartments too.
- Women working 9 to 5 jobs day in and day out while men at home played with children and cooked.
The list can go on. That is a man’s life. Men have taken upon themselves all those responsibilities since the dawn of civilization without crying oppression.
As is typical of the herd with feminist leanings, what they would selectively focus on is only women’s problems and men’s privileges, and would completely ignore many a privilege enjoyed by women and the problems of men. The gender role reversal can’t be complete without incorporating all of the above challenges of being man and much more that men go through.
What Man’s World is showing is not gender role reversal but exchange of cherry-picked men’s privileges and women’s problems. And it is fundamentally flawed at that too, since those “men’s privileges” and “women’s problems” are hardly socially constructed. The series is a pathetic attempt to sell gender equality to the masses with subpar intelligence.
Genders are not equal, and can never be. We can force the equality but with a cost.