Meet the Mallu Feminist: The Feminichi
What exactly is feminism?
We need everyone to be a feminist. Feminism is the fight for the equality of sexes, not for the domination of one sex over another. - Najat Vallaud-Belkacem
Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians. - Pat Robertson
In the above quotes, you can see the difference of opinions about feminism. Now I am going to tell you about what happens here at Kerala.
Now there are basically four categories
One, who support feminism by mistaking it as the domination of one sex over another.
Two, who reject feminism under the same misconception.
Three, who support feminism by understanding it as the equality of both sexes.
Four, who reject feminism even after understanding it as the equality of both sexes.
When Keralites are fondly called “Mallu”, “Mallu” not so fondly calls feminists “feminichi”.
“Chi” suffix generally follows colloquial terminologies for women like Ammachi (Mother/Grandmother), Achi (Wife) etc.
Recently, feminism has been a hot topic of discussion in Kerala after the recent movement by some female students in the capital city, Thiruvananthapuram. These students went against discrimination shown by the authorities regarding the entry time of students in their respective hostels. The strike was successful and subsequent order was issued making the entry time same for girls and boys.
Recent events like WCC, Sabarimala, #Me-too etc. have forced Keralites to rethink their notion on feminism. What exactly they think about feminism? This article is based on the comments of various people around Kerala. Before getting into their comments let me brief you on certain events which kindled Feminism in Kerala.
WCC or Women in Cinema Collective
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