I’ve always been interested in how culture develops, so when I heard about this, I thought it was worth a mention.
When a Hindu woman is married, she wears red bangles on their wrists (chooda), a golden necklace (manglesutra), and the red marking applied across the crown of the head to indicate her married status (sindoor).
Interestingly, married Muslim females have caught on to these Hindu traditions, and it’s becoming more common to see a woman in a burqa wearing bright red bangles!
This may be a reason why India is fascinating. Bursting with cultural variety, once distinct, perhaps conflicting cultures now dance together and grow together, affecting one another because of their close proximity. This has global implications – now that globalisation has led to more international and less traditional ways of thinking, how will our cultures grow and develop together?
Sexism still runs amok today, but with varying degrees in different cultures. Hollywood frequently depicts women as objects, but laws and a history of feminist movements make blatant sexism unacceptable in developed countries. So let’s take the case of Bollywood movies where males are dominant. They eve-tease swooning girls who have little or no character and dance in raunchy “item numbers”. With this offal being fed to the Indian masses, no wonder there is something of a rape culture being reaped there. This art imitating life imitating art cycle must stop, as movies are a vital cornerstone for social change.
A post I’d love to go into more detail with in the future, because I strongly feel that media’s affect on our lives is largely underrated, and would like to further develop my argument.
A stock item number, featuring scantily clad girls and overly suggestive dance moves (if you click on the picture, it’ll take you to the song).