Not A Man Enough? Follow These Steps

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I have been awestruck by the events of the past week. In the US, a macho gunman—guns, the ultimate symbol of manliness—snuffed out scores of lives in one go, and in the Indian capital, New Delhi, six brave men accomplished the height of manliness, making themselves distinguished among their lesser brethren, who continuously crave for such distinction by pinching and groping women at public places while trying to keep their own mothers, sisters, and wives under control at homes. How did these ordinary men achieve such greatness? That is the question.

Even though, these historical events confirm that the two greatest democracies on the earth, India and the USA, have reached the pinnacle of their civilizations—and I cannot fathom them getting any better—I am also concerned if we would be able to maintain this status for a long time, as there is a continuous conspiratorial campaign being carried on by the anti-gun wusses and the feminist bullies, all of whom are hell bent on rendering the men effeminate. Look at these horrifying pictures:
Protest against an incident of rape in New Delhi, India
Anti-gun protests in US after Newtown school shooting
In the US, people need to own expensive guns to prove their masculinity. On the other hand, in India, one doesn't have to spend $$$ on guns. Remember the “Hunter song” from Gangs of Wasseypur? While for many men superiority and entitlement are second nature due to the awesome conditioning by doting parents, a few boys who grow up without much parental guidance regarding such issues, turn out to be cowards. They start thinking that men and women are equal.

Thus, to save our rape culture from the onslaught of feminists, we need to keep reminding our boys how special they are, and how they can also achieve the heights of manliness, or at least contribute their bit in the continuation of the rape culture. For those who have been confused because of the misleading noises made by the feminists, and for those who are looking to corroborate their beliefs, here is a brief rehash of our extraordinary manly traditions:

1. Aggression: The fathers as the head of their families should be aggressive, arrogant, and dominating so that the sons also learn by emulation.

2. Entitlement: The most important lesson to teach our boys is that they are far superior to girls, who are born only to serve their husbands and their families. Power comes from entitlement. Not only are the boys entitled to women’s unconditional services, but also chunks of her father's money as dowry. Besides, the boys are also entitled to grope and molest women on the streets to show the adventurous women their place.

3. Nurture hate: It is not enough to hate others on the basis of their religion, country, caste, or skin color. The boys should also learn to hate those who are weaker than them, especially women and children.

4. Verbal abuse: We should teach our boys the choicest of the abusive words—the ones denigrating the other person’s mother and sister are the best ones. Words maketh a man. Using violent language is a precursor of physical abuse.

5. Physical abuse: This should be the ultimate goal of every boy in his life—the only way to demonstrate their machismo. Fathers can set early examples by slapping and demeaning their wives. Once the parents get their son married, he will find it easy to abuse his wife at home, while gallantly saving her from the wolves on the road, thus completing a full cycle. The good news is that not only the society approves and applauds such machismo, but the police and the government also aid us by dismissing the slutty women accusing our kuldeepaks or heirs extraordinaire of sexual harassment or rape.

That is all for now. Please keep practicing. Practice makes a man perfect. Otherwise, this world without manly men would be like a beautiful pond without scum.

(The last line is inspired by Irina Dunn's quote, “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.”)

30 comments:

  1. High time to rein in the jackals on prowl Giribala!! Hope the New Year brings some cheer and best wishes for the same:)

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    1. Best wishes for the New Year to you too!

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  2. Completely agree. I can't understand how can women even think of asking for an equal status. Haven't we taught them enough lessons?

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    1. I guess it is the faulty upbringing by the parents that makes the girls think that they are equal to men :-|

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  3. Agreed Giri!! I guess if we stop teaching anything to boys it will create equilibrium, because there is no teaching for girls as such for these things.

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    1. Thanks Anchal! That's true and it will take many years to achieve equality in India!

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  4. This is the best 'how to' for boys and parents to boys to make them 'men'. I am moved to tears by your wonderful ideas and suggestions to make this happen. Jai Giribala!

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    1. Yes Zephyr, I see so many people blinded by the western notion of equality that I thought it was about time to remind everyone our great traditions.

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  5. Giribala rocks. A complete guide to manhood.

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    1. Thanks Jas! My only concern is that such guides are not easily available to those who need them most!

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  6. How can we even dare to demand equality when everything in our cultural ethos screams otherwise. No wonder it is a tough battle we are fighting. There is not a single Indian woman who can say that she has not been leched at or groped. What a sick state of affairs truly/1

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    1. Very tough battle! The bias is so deeply ingrained!

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  7. Pseudo macho's in India are born with guns..and thats what most parents check when a child is born. If the gun is there it is time for celebrations.

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    1. :-)) Alka, it reminds me of a neighborhood aunt, saying, "Bhagwan thhodi si mitti aur laga deta," at the birth of her granddaughter! :D

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  8. Good One Giri...Society at large is responsible for such atrocities. I just wish that you should have also added the sweet fruits such acts bear, for example-the very little jail time and that also at the cost of victim's character to mitigate the offense of offender...My two cents-unless harsh punishments are doled out to the offenders, society will not cease from giving these valuable lessons.

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    1. Sangeeta, that's true- rapists get very little jail time. Besides that, according to social activists "more than one lakh cases of sexual harassment are pending across the country."

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  9. To a large extent it is the women who cosseted these b......s & turned a blind eye to all their doings right since birth;who are responsible for all that is happening today.
    It is true that a subjugated woman may not be in a position to break free,but she can at least make sure that the gangrene does not spread further by giving right values to her son.

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    1. Yes Indu ji, this can be stopped by giving right values to sons and daughters as well. Not only at homes but also at schools!

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  10. Well-written. Though the satire is clear, I do not completely agree. How about this:

    1. Aggression: The mothers should not give in to the aggression of the fathers, thereby showing the daughter that she has the right to too.

    2. Entitlement: The most important lesson to teach our girls is that they are in no way inferior to boys, who cannot do half of everything a woman can and yet consider themselves above the girls. It is the responsibility of the parents to show it to the girl that they will stand by her side, no matter what.

    3. Nurture hate: As important it is to tell the boys that they are not stronger than girls, it is also important to instill the confidence in our girls that they are in no way inferior or weaker. Teach our women to react. Make them capable enough to.

    4. Verbal abuse: Words maketh a man. And a woman! This bridge goes both ways - but it is not something I would recommend, now would I? :D

    5. Physical abuse: You have got a very good point here. And it is clear that it is not illiteracy that makes a man do this. But education can teach the woman to react. Independence will help her stand on her own two feet. I know, I know - easier said than done. But if it was easy, then we wouldn't need this discussion.

    It is kinda sad that all we can do is to discuss and debate among us - with no solution in sight in the near future. Not to blame anyone - the police or the government - they are probably as lost as we are :(

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    1. Oh! My! I am so sorry for the comment the size of a mini blogpost. I had no idea it would be so big until I clicked "Publish"! Oops!

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    2. Thanks Nikhil! Your long comment is a perfect rejoinder. I also believe that men and women, fathers and mothers are equally responsible for the current situation.

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  12. I wish I could dispute anything that you have put up here. I wish I could defend, which probably is what people do when said things.
    I have staunchly believed in the great Indian experiment, and its tradition of being argumentative. That said, in the last two months, I have also realised the limitations of being stuck with such traditions.

    I went on to participate in those protests and while there were probably thousands who shouted with me there, there probably were more of us sitting at home and saying," kya fayda". I know that because my brothers and uncles said that when I came back.

    I am totally with you when you talk of the problem being Cultural and Social- not Law and Order lapse. The "Sita-role-model" was never meant to cater to modern,aspirational India, and this might very well be the tipping point. If men do not trust women at this point, they may very well be swept aside.

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    1. Thanks Sri Tatsat! Though I did not mention it, the "Sita-role-model" was on my mind while writing this post, which has its share in keeping the society backward. Moreover, Ram Charita Manas encourages violence against women.

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  13. Liked your post. Hated the Irina Dunn's original quote. My adaption would be - Woman without a man is like a man without a woman.

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    1. Your quote is superb, but Irina Dunn's quote isn't bad either :-)

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  14. ROFL! Giribala...Delhi Police should share this invaluable guide to show how supportive they are of rapists!

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    1. Yes, poor rape supporters are going through a rough patch!

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  15. For every one such rapist I think there are a million like me, respecting women around them, getting trampled all over by the very same women and yet standing up for them wherever and whenever required. This is my observation. We are a more common breed than acknowledged actually, found everywhere. Especially after this incident. If only women identify us. Frustrated diljala speaking out here. Go ahead. Mock me and others like me. :-) Visited your blog after a long time. Entertaining as ever ma'am. Always a fan of your kind of sarcasm.

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    1. Thanks Ashish! The patriarchal and misogynist society is harmful to both-- women and sensible men. Equality will benefit everyone. Even the bullies will find peace of mind if they stopped their vicious ways.
      It is always good to hear from you :-)

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