Jaipur: Espousing what can only be termed as rather dogmatic beliefs of ‘masculinity’, Rajasthan Women’s Commission chairperson Suman Sharma on Wednesday wondered how could today’s men in their baggy jeans protect sisters when they can’t even handle their trousers. She reasoned with the logic that “broad-chested men”, with “thick chest hair” were better suited at the job. Sharma expressed her sartorial grouse at an event organised on the eve of International Women’s Day in Jaipur.
Addressing the gathering, Sharma also opined that women should not feel so “unbound” for the sake of freedom that an imbalance is created in the society, news agency PTI reported.
“There was a time when every girl used to desire a man, who has a broad chest and thick chest hair. But today, no broad-chested man can be seen and they wear sagging jeans. “How can one, who can’t even handle his jeans, protect sisters?” Sharma, a former chief of the state BJP’s women’s wing, asked.
Sharma also expressed her disappointment in men who “wore earrings” and “looked like girls”, adding that the concept of ‘zero figure’ was popular among girls in the past but had now caught the fancy of the men as well. “I am not criticising…but we need to change this. We need to prepare boys with broad chests and it is our responsibility and the responsibility of mothers to inculcate values among the children,” Sharma said.
Continuing in the same vein, she added that even women, “in the name of freedom”, should not feel so “unbound” that any “imbalance” in family or society is created.
“Women, too, cannot go a long way if they leave the men behind,” she said, adding that both are “parallel” to each other and this system should not be disturbed. “Therefore, balance should be there in the society, and women should take a pledge that we will inculcate values in our children and play a positive and constructive role in building a good society,” the state women’s panel chief said.