Describe the various transformations that may occur in a woman’s life. How are they different from a
man’s? How do their statuses and roles change?
-Women’s life goes through more transformations than men’s. Women’s status and roles
change throughout their lives. They progress from daughter, to wife, to daughter-in-law, to mother, to
mother-in-law, and finally to grandmother. As young girls, they enjoy the most freedom, and affection
from parents or elders. As a wife and daughter-in-law, their status of freedom changes to being at the
most constrained. They become the newest member in the family until children come along. As they age
and become older to mothers and mother-in-law, to the female head of the household, they become in
control of all decision making over domestic matters, then the new juniors take some control from her,
which allows the women more freedom to hang out or travel. Unfortunately, some women become
widows. They may have to deal with being unwanted and if they become widowed at a young age, they
may have no children to care for them. In contrast, a man’s life is spent rooted in his birth location,
expected to be economically productive, and the central authority figure. Overwhelmingly, at any age,
they’re free to move about as they like; they can go anywhere to hang out and travel
What is patriarchy and why must it be part of examining gender in South Asia?
-Patriarchy is a society in which men rule. Males are the central authority figure and they hold
power over their family. Wives are expected to be subservient to their husband, and a dutiful wife is
expected to respect and honor her husband. In South Asia, the societies are predominantly patriarchal.
When a son is born into a family, there is greater joy and celebration because males are seen to be more
important than females. It is the son who will get a job and earn money to support his family, As for
daughters, they face more hardships. In regards to marriage, the family is more worried for their
daughter; concerns arise over whether they will find a man who will want to wed their daughter. When
she is married, she is sent away to live with her husband, and this means there is a loss of labour. A son
gets to stay with his family after marriage and help the family with all its needs. In some places, when
they discover that the mother is expecting a daughter, they abort them, which is known as female
(Butalia) What is the contradiction about Indian women? Why do you think this contradiction exists?
-the women’s contradiction was that while they are the most oppressed in the world, they are
also the most liberated, most articulated, and the most free. During the 18 years that India had a
woman prime minister, the country saw increasing incidents of violence and discrimination against
women, and yet at the same time, they had a woman at the highest office of the State. , for every step
women take to better their lives, there is also back