Sit down. Cross your legs. Pull up your neckline. Hide your bra straps. That dress is too short. That neckline is too revealing.You can’t go out like that, its not safe. Do this. Don’t do that.
History is proof that the construct of gender was created to control. It has always been harder for a woman to do anything that is usually a given for men. Voting. Flying planes. Wearing jeans. Going to school. Women have had to fight harder for everything. People argue that biology is what constructs gender, but tell me, how does a vagina interfere with voting?
Growing up as a woman in India, there was almost always a different set of do's and don'ts for girls, compared to boys. I come from a country where a menstruating woman entering a temple can cause riots, where government officials openly cite tight jeans as a reason for rape, where the safety of cows is a bigger priority than the safety of women. When you grow up in an environment like this, it becomes the norm for you to alter your own thoughts and behaviours to allegedly feel ‘safe’, rather than the other way around. 

I was curious about how women across the world feel in their own societies, so I asked women from around the world: What would you do if you were a man for a day? 

'I would wear whatever I want and be comfortable'
'I would burp, fart and snore in public'
'I would not be looked down upon'
'I would not have children and would be more than a vessel'
'I would sit like a king'
'I would travel all across India by train- solo'
'I would travel all across India by train- solo'
'I would take a lot of pictures with my cat and not be called a crazy cat lady'
'I would swim freely'
'I would grow'

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