Dictionary defines sexism as stereotyping or discrimination typically against women, based on sex. While sexism is rampant in every field of life, what is more shocking is the blatant acceptance and normalization of this prejudice.
Which is why female celebrities face sexist questions from the media now and then. But these women are not the ones to bow down to patriarchy. We bring 5 instances when celebs unabashedly shut down inappropriate questions and had us rooting for them:
1. Parineeti Chopra: When a reporter called ‘periods a problem’
“Men really need to relax. They really need to understand what periods are. It’s a healthy process, a natural process. This is not a ‘problem’.
2. Kangana Ranaut: On being asked about the shelf-life of female actors in the Indian film industry
“People very conveniently ask these questions to women. But they would never ask this question to a man. This question itself is unfair and should not be asked.”
3. Vidya Balan: When she was referred as a ‘hero’ for her phenomenal performances
“I know it is meant to be a compliment, but I’d like to say it is very, very sexist to call me a hero. I am happy being a heroine. I am happy being a female actor.”
4. Priyanka Chopra:
Chat show host: “Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s girlfriend”
Priyanka Chopra: “Also Meghan Markle, Actress, Suits…”
5. Mithali Raj: On being asked who her favourite ‘male player’ was
“Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? I have always been asked who your favourite cricketer but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is.”