Adyar Gopal Parivar
The Role of Women in our Society

           Physiologically women are not
equal to men. Psychologically too they
are different. Both men and women
behave differently in life in many ways.
There is not much difference between
women and men in the usual activities
like eating, drinking, working, sleeping,
resting and speaking. But women have
physical and physiological differences
based on their functions like
child-bearing and child-rearing. The
genital organs of men and women are
structured based on their functions in
reproductive objectives. No one can
dispute the fact that women and men
react differently when it comes to taking
care of their children.
           On the other hand the behaviour
of people of either sex depends upon
how she or he is brought up. Both
woman and man do what they have
learnt during their upbringing as far as
their reactions to various situations in
their life. If a physiological male baby is
brought up as a female baby right from
the time of birth, then he might dress like
a woman, think like a woman and talk like
a woman. He might work like a woman
and develop all qualities of a woman
except that he will realize by the age of
14 or 15 or even earlier that he can not
bear children. He will compare himself
with the other people around him. He will
compare his body with the body of his
companions. Therefore it is not possible
to equate women with men in all spheres
of life.
           However, traditions do not die
easily. The world has treated women
differently in terms of her rights and dues
as compared to the men. Men have
dominated the world and put the women
in a separate perspective. If a woman is
taught the semantics of dominating over
men then it is possible for her to reverse
the trends and traditions. Women only
have to assert their abilities to perform all
functions required of a dominant section
of a society. Therefore it depends upon
the methods and manners of upbringing
and learning process for women to shed
their traditional profiles. This is possible if
each household takes up this task of
bringing up each girl child in exactly the
same way as a boy child. Since as I said
before, there is no difference between a
man and a woman in the usual activities
like eating, drinking, working, sleeping,
resting, speaking etc.. If a girl child is
made to dress like a boy, work like a boy,
talk like a boy and grow like a boy in
each household then it is possible for a
mother and a father to see their girl child
grow to be as good or better than a boy
child. It will not make any difference for
the parents if their offspring is male or
female, if each is brought up similarly as
he or she grows up disregarding its
gender.
               In the twenty-first century there
is going to be a trend towards
single-child families. A mother will restrict
to one single child to bear and bring up.
A father will realize that this is the best
thing to do viz. restrict to one single child
to bear and bring up in his life time.
           This single child will have to
provide all the life qualities that are
available in the world for itself as well as
to people with whom it will have relations,
like the parents, cousins, in-laws etc.,
regardless whether it is a boy or a girl.
The society will have to prepare the
single child in the family and society to
play its roles and function as an
all-in-one provider person (APP). The
functions of the reproductive objectives
will have to continue without
compromising on the role of the provider
person. The mothers will have to stop
treating their girl child in the same
manner as their mothers did to them
when they were growing up.
               How will a mother who has
grown up in a male dominated world
know how to bring up her girl child in the
new family order? How will she gear up
to the mighty task of negating the
traditions and age-old practices of
bringing up girl children to play the role
exclusively as a woman?  
               
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The mother will have to work constantly
towards this objective and this goal by
making suitable changes in her thinking
and practice of the methods and manners
of rearing the girl child into an adult
all-in-one provider person (APP). It is not
right to think of this APP girl child as a
replacement for a boy in the family.

We do not want a girl-child to grow like a
boy child. We only want a girl child to do
all tasks that are required of a
single-child in any family. Then, she has
to function also as a woman, wife, and
mother to fulfill her role as a woman
member of the society. A single girl child
need not lose her grace of a woman, nor
her properties that fulfill her role as a
female partner in courtship, romance and
as a prospective bride. When she gets
married she should not lose her
membership and her obligations in her
parents' household. This change in the
culture of parents in a single-child family
is a necessity as well as the preferred
way to stabilize the society for
development and progress in the new
world older. This new culture has already
begun to take foothold in our society
across the country. A jean-clad teen-ager
is an example of this new culture.  A
working mother is another example of this
culture if she happens to have one single
girl child and if she is bringing her up as
an APP girl child.
             It is the objective of all parents
to try to bring up and educate child to
take up one occupation, vocation or
profession to lead a good life. An
agriculturist wishes that his child take up
agriculture as its future occupation. A
shopkeeper wishes his child to become a
shopkeeper. A musician would like his
child to become a musician. This is
because it is easy for a child to take up
the family business and profession since
the child will be constantly in touch with
the nuances of running such a business
or profession of its father/mother. It is the
goal of every person to maintain good
health and acquire wealth. Every
profession, vocation or occupation has
the potential to keep a person healthy
and wealthy. Every person can play the
role of a good citizen by taking up any
avocation in the person's life. How do we
judge a person for his status in life? The
status of a labourer should be equal to
the status of an industrialist as far as
their roles as a citizen.
             Like every citizen has equal right
to vote so should he or she have a
respectable and equal status in the
society regardless of their profession or
business. A person is judged by his
health and wealth and not only by his
profession or business, or occupation. If
this can happen then people will not
hanker solely to become a doctor or a
highly qualified officer in the government.
It should be possible for a lady doctor to
marry a man who is an agriculturist by
profession or vice versa if they so chose.
Every citizen has a right to maintain good
health and acquire ample wealth by his
own efforts and lawful means.
             In the Gowda Saraswath
Brahmin (GSB) society we all have a
goal to contribute to the general
development and growth of the country
apart from our own goal to progress in
life through our culture and traditions. It
will become imperative that we adopt
ourselves to the new family order. It is the
trend now to have a single child family
among us GSBs. Then it is necessary to
bring up our child as an
APP and prepare
the child to take up a suitable profession,
vocation or business of its choice to lead
a good life as a citizen of the country.
The role of our mothers becomes
important to achieve this goal. The GSB
mothers of the twenty-first century will
have to bring up their children to become
an
APP so that there is fullness in the
lives in the GSB community in the coming
decades.

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