Want to empower women? Let’s start with the boys.
From the time they are wailing babies to the time they become grown men, boys are often chided for crying. “Boys don’t cry” and “stop crying like a girl” are oft repeated phrases.
In fact, they are so common that we don’t realise how dangerous they can be when instilled in impressionable young minds.
Many boys with this mindset grow up considering themselves stronger and hence superior to the ‘crying girls’.
This can manifest itself in the form of violence against women. The issue is a bit more complicated than that, but the home is a good place to start teaching boys (and girls) in their youth that emotional development is important.
Here’s Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit about why it’s time to stop saying “boys don’t cry.”
The campaign #VogueEmpower is a a social awareness initiative by Vogue India on women’s empowerment.
“The idea of the film is centred around the fundamental truth that women’s empowerment is not about women alone.” says Alex Kuruvilla, the Managing Director of Condé Nast India, the publisher of Vogue India.