Someone on social media called out a school book ‘Current School Essays and Letters’ for defining “modern girl” in the most stereotypical and misogynistic way possible. Written by Purabi Chakraborty, photos of the ‘modern girl’ essay are doing rounds on social media.
(Sent by a batchmate) pic.twitter.com/qvywsfXvR7
— Rema Rajeshwari IPS (@rama_rajeswari) August 21, 2018
Here’s how the author defines a “modern girl”
Purabi defines the modern girl as a “self-centered creature” who is “too selfish to think about others.” According to the author, modern girl “shows very little or no responsibilities to the other members of the family.” Wait, modern girl also likes to wear “jeans, pants and hot pants” over colorful sarees.
The most disturbing thing about this book is that it’s also written by a woman. *facepalm*
What a disgusting definition of modern girl! Students should unlearn this if already they have learned from the book. pic.twitter.com/MONJdSFbkh
— taslima nasreen (@taslimanasreen) August 21, 2018
A lot of people are rightly disgusted by this book for amplifying age old stereotypes. It’s not a part of the core syllabus, but it’s still used in many schools as a reference book. The inside of the page claims “the book is for secondary and higher secondary students from ICSE, CBSE and ISC.”
It’s a small wonder gender inequality is a major issue in our country.