Lipstick Under My Burkha – A Movie That Shows Us the Finger
- Girls from good families don’t do such things.
- Why do YOU have such interests? *judgemental looks*
- What’s the need of exposing your body?
- If women look up to and appreciate you, why doesn’t anyone else come up? Why only you?
- You are a disgrace to your family.
Throughout the journey of keeping my lingerie blog going, I was told a variety of things. It made me realize that our society cannot handle our confidence, freedom and sexuality. Among all the other things that are destroying the mankind, it is more important for them to lock us women in the house and not let us express ourselves. In one such instance, Censor Board declined certification to a feminist drama.
According to CBFC, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’ is unfit for release because – “The story is lady oriented, their fantasy above life. There are contagious sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society.”
I cannot help myself from dissecting the statement.
Lady oriented- Hmm… that does seem like a good enough reason to ‘ban’ a movie, where women are fighting against discrimination and violence, and for rights over speech, freedom and, their own body!
Fantasy- Ok, please correct me if I’m wrong… Isn’t every fictional story, a fantasy?
Sexual scenes- Wow! We have watched enough of that in some completely non sensible “comedy” movies that you’ve passed earlier. And now that someone is talking sense, you decide to ban them?
Abusive words- *rolls eyes*
Audio pornography- I’m still dizzy with all the eye rolling to even comment anything on this one.
It’s high time we understand that we have a disturbingly long way to go on the quest for universal human equality.
We allow women or girls to be forced into marriage every minute. Because we are their parents. We’ve given birth to them and thus, we own them. Also, they don’ know what’s best for them (because we never even allowed them to think). As simple as that.
We tell young girls that they need to act a certain way in order to have value. A young girl will grow to become a lady. She should know how to “act lady like”. Because that’s how she will become “dateable” or “marriageable”. If not, who will marry her?
We believe, we have a “right” to do what we want with women’s bodies. No matter what they say, this is a patriarchal society. It’s a man’s world. From their clothes to their sexuality, the sole purpose of a woman’s life is to please a man. Every man has physical needs. And if they are not fulfilled, he’ll find his own ways. That’s how he is. That’s what he is.
We continue to be a willing audience for misogynists. Please read the statement issued by Censor Board again. If you don’t feel enraged, that’s exactly what I’m talking about!
We are scared of female sexuality. Women should look sexual and available at all times but have to deny their sexuality and desires just because we can’t handle it. Or probably, we just fall for everything the patriarchy feeds us.
Lipstick Under My Burkha is an extremely significant movie, especially in India, where some men still think it’s their right over a woman’s fate, lifestyle, body, sexuality and dreams. Only in a culture that passively accepts sexism, it is justified to ban a movie because it is lady oriented and deals with female sexuality. But again, I’m just a woman… what do I know?