The Secret Life of Halter Titty

Article written by Ananya Roy



l accepted. Awareness has certainly brought about slight progress in workplace environments and social media dialogue, but the problem persists; it continues to seep through thinly veiled sexism. It lives in the mother-in-law who forces her son's wife to work past her 50s to maintain the family income when her son wishes to take an entrepreneurial risk, even as her physical abilities are ready to give way and she's willing to retire. It exists in the husband who mocks his wife's general knowledge (or lack thereof), because he comes home to the news while she comes home to dirty dishes. It exists in the society that deems a seventy year old widow worthless for her entire life revolved around her husband since the age of sixteen, and now she's too bitter to rebel. I'd like to believe there's a sensitive, level-headed being within us that wants to improve the lives of the women around us, but it'll take far more than commenting "YASS GIRL" on the picture of a woman who recently lost a lot of weight, because you're not the only one who secretly thought "She's always seeking attention. So cute of her to think this one post about diet and exercise will inspire the world to get fitter. So cute." What you wouldn't know is that there's another woman constantly bogged down by her appearance, looking to gain acceptance, who will scroll to this post and believe she doesn't deserve a "YASS GIRL" unless she gets fit. And while the intention that has just set in is great, the motivation behind it; not so much. She'll soon ride motorcycles and play metal riffs on the guitar because society seem to think liberation is hot, but she'll never learn to do it to liberate herself. The irony stings.


An adorable little boy plays "Lady Hunter Tiger", a rather brash take on "Rock, Paper, Scissors." on the train next to me. In one particular round, he makes a tiger gesture while his mum makes that of a hunter. He cries in joy, insisting that he won. Mum, pretending to be aghast, declares she won. His dad, amusingly watching the scene asks, "Doesn't tiger lose to the hunter?" He says no, not in my game. "Ay, cheater! What are these rules? Then who wins against tiger and lady?" The boy responds, "Tiger, obviously!". And against hunter and lady? "Hunter!" "Arey, then who does lady win against?" The boy quips, "Lady never wins!" Children these days catch on early. Perhaps theirs will be the generation to finally undo the knots of patriarchy, while we try haplessly to loosen them. Perhaps if we acknowledged that we're different, celebrated that we're different, then we'd realize we're all a little less...different.

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