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Feminists protest against media for 'Girls getting top ranks' headlines, calls it as 'display of sexism'

22, Jun 2015 By manithan

New Delhi: Feminists across India have landed in the capital city to protest against Indian media. Their core of protest is against the news headlines that follow declaration of every exam results in the country.

Almost every other newspaper carries the term Girl, which the feminists group consider as sexist and misogynist. 'Why not use ever-winning-gender instead of girl' asked another protester
Almost every other newspaper carries the term Girl, which the feminists group consider as sexist and misogynist. ‘Why not use ever-winning-gender instead of girl?’ asked another protester

Speaking to Faking News, one of the protester, said, “We condemn this sexist act by the Indian media. Indian media had supported feminism and had written many columns against the oppressive Hindutva elements. But, come every exam results, they spring to action and flash news headlines like ‘Girls top CBSE exams’, ‘Girls top Rajasthan board exams’, etc. We just want to ask one question to them – do they think that girls cannot top those exams? This is obnoxious. We cannot tolerate this kind of sexism being displayed by our fourth pillar.”

“We will protest till newspapers agree that they will not carry such headlines. What will a person reading that headline think? A normal patriarchial upper class Hindu male who is obviously a misogynist will think that ‘Boys topping exams is normal, but girls topping exams is once in a year affair and that is why they display that in a bold typeface’. Won’t he? Our protest is to prevent giving rooms for such thoughts to occur. Not only that, they should never mention the gender of person in headline if it is a woman. They can use what they use normally for certain religions – ‘unknown’. So, the headline should be ‘Person belonging to unknown gender tops 10th exams’. That is the basic demand of our protest,” shouted out the angry woman protester.

Another protester went a leap ahead and said, “Not only exams results, any new achievement by girls, they put it as ‘Girl did this, did that’. Don’t we know that we are capable of doing such stuffs? What else to expect from a country where a Prime Minister mentions another country’s leader with a prefix ‘Despite being a woman’.” Saying so, she gulped a half bottle of Mango juice and continued, “Despite being a woman, I’m coming here to protest. Why don’t they hear to us? Will this government stop putting women under sun and accept our demand so that we can take some rest?”