Fiction: A Fight Between a Woman and a Feminist
Sunita, a member of a woman organization, goes to meet her school friend Asha. Asha is married with a one-year old son. Sunita is single and ready to mingle with her own kind. She strode in her two-bedroom flat, excitedly hugs Asha meeting her after a long time and says, "Wow, you look great". "Thanks" Asha replies cheerfully, "You too look great."
"Good flat. I am sure you must have designed the interiors yourself", said Sunita happily. Asha held Sunita's hand and sat on a brownish velvety couch next to each other almost ready to play a clapping game. Asha remarked, "Sunita, you have not changed a bit."
Sunita gasped and depressingly replied, "I guess you have changed a lot. You are married; you are now a mother and you are...I hope happy."
"But you haven't changed a bit. Haven't you found a guy to settle down?" asked Asha seriously.
Asha playfully interrupted sensing this not to be a good time to chitchat on sensitive issues and asked, "Hey, what are you doing these days? I have just become a housewife, taking care of my baby." Sunita pretend to look at the crystal vase placed in the middle of a table and said reluctantly, "I have joined a woman's organization. I am fighting for women's rights."
Asha squirmed and said, "Sunita, you should begin thinking about your future. Why do you want to waste your life on such petty issues?" Sunita had already snubbed her parents several times on the same issue but she was pleased to explain Asha about her motive.
Sunita explained gravely, "Asha, in college, when no guy was willing to accept me, I began to resent men, which has now developed into anger. I know I don't look as attractive as you, but I too had a dream. I was desperate to resolve my sexual thirst and I began meeting other girls to satisfy me." Asha was stunned to know that Sunita was a lesbian but she controlled her expression so she does not offend Sunita in any way.
Sunita continued, "I know you must be thinking how and why I have become like this."
Asha interrupted, "Sunita, its okay. Don't worry, everything will be alright. But I do like to advise you to get out of the women's organization. You don't have to join them. It's not good."
Sunita, who was calm, a little depressed also, didn't expect such a rude reply from Asha, but she kept her cool and proceeded stealthily. Sunita said, "You know, women are suffering so much, they all need us, they need me, they need you Asha. Why don't you join me?" Asha caringly smiled and declined her proposal.
Asha replied, "Sunita, I am very happy with my husband and family. I cannot go against the whole male gender like your self. And I also want you to do the same. Leave these women organizations." Sunita has been into such a conversation many times and she knows how to turn the tables in her favour.
"I was also like you," Sunita said, "but when I began to resent men, I feel gratified when I see a man suffer."
Asha strongly argued, "That's what I am saying. A woman is not supposed to hate men. Hatred can never be a solution."
Sunita was not ready to give in, "But, if we don't hate men, we can't be happy. To live a life of freedom and independence, we have to make men suffer. That's the rule."
Asha defended her views, "I will never agree to your belief. Men have equally sacrificed and they probably are more emotional than us. Just because nobody in your college days liked you, that doesn't mean you begin hating them all and join a woman's organization to make them suffer."
The argument continued for over an hour and none of them was ready to accept other's belief system. Asha was determined on the values she learned from her parents and life's lessons from her caring husband. Sunita was stubborn to remain revengeful and wanted to ruin men.
The exchange of words was way out of the realm of a friendly conversation. It had become a brutal fight between two strong gladiators, one using the weapon of peace, harmony and love, the other using hatred, resentment and jealousy.
Eleven years of friendship came to an end between Asha and Sunita when Asha rudely said, "Get out of my house, right now. Women like you can only ruin people's life. And I won't allow you to ruin mine. You continue your hate for men and I will see who will stand by you when you need somebody in life."
Sunita replied scornfully, "To hell with you. Women like you, talking about love, peace and harmony are the ones who suffer. If you don't hate men, you can't be happy."
Asha yelled, "Get out of my house, you FEMINIST."
P.S: Reading this, Feminist in DCs would utter a word "Ouch."