Originally posted on The Life and Times of an Indian Homemaker:
If virginity was not seen as a precious commodity or a gift (more like a right in India) for women’s husbands – how would women’s lives be different?
Would there be less silence on sexual crimes? Less ‘gender policing’? [Link shared by Shail Mohan]
Maybe if virginity was not such a valuable thing – sexual assaults (upon women and girls) would not be equated with (and trivialised as) robbing of something (izzat lootna) but as serious criminal assaults on the person?
And then it would not be possible to rape or molest a woman to ‘teach a lesson’ to the woman (or to those whose commodity she is viewed as)?
How did the idea of women’s virginity, honor, chastity, purity first come to accepted by the society?
What do those who are obsessed with controlling women’s sexuality do – when it is not socially acceptable to use violence, murders…
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