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Just when I thought that things are changing for good, I came across this social media post that brought my attention towards a school book on 'Current Essays and Letters', written by Purabi Chakraborty, M.A. (Eng.), B.Ed., D.E.L.T., this book defines a ‘modern girl’ with everything stereotypical that you can think of.

There is an essay in this book which is attacking women for being ambitious. The book claims that the woman of today does not care about anything else and are selfish. The book also strikes a hit on women’s clothes, it suggests that women try to ‘imitate men’ with their clothes.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">What a disgusting definition of modern girl! Students should unlearn this if already they have learned from the book. <a href=""></a></p>— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) <a href="">August 21, 2018</a></blockquote><script async src="" charset="utf-8"></script>

"The modern girl is no longer shy, obedient and homely creature as she used to be... She claims for her rights as she wants to enjoy life like the boys. She is more a self-centered creature than a loving daughter or sympathetic sister."
Slow claps for the author…

What are we teaching kids in school? In India a woman being ambitious and thinking about her career is marked as a woman who is anti-tradition and anti-values. Now we are teaching kids to judge women on the basis of their clothes, thoughts and ambitions.

Every woman has come across this remark, “She is very modern”, which comes with an eyebrow raise. Now on top of all this, these stereotypes are being fed in school. Where are we even heading with this? Isn’t the motive of educating kids is that they learn to respect every human, their choices and their ambitions? But now schools are teaching kids to judge a modern woman.

What kind of future society are we planning on building? I mean its 21st-century folks, let’s just calm down. For how long do we have to wake up to these regressive stereotypical thoughts? Ugh!

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Author: Anjali Semwal
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