When a college principal in Mumbai said dressing like a man reduced a woman's desire to have children, Indian women on social media were quick to shut her down.
When women dress like men, they run the risk of getting Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a gynaecological disease that occurs due to hormonal imbalance, and this in turn reduces their urge to reproduce.
This is patently untrue with no basis in any form of scientific study.
But that didn’t stop Swati Deshpande, the principal of Government Polytechnic College in Mumbai, from noting exactly that while mulling a change in the uniform worn by the female students of the college (which is currently a pair of trousers and a shirt), according to a report in the Times of India.
And as with most bizarre statements that end up making the news, it wasn’t long before the internet came together; but this time it was not to troll, but rather shut down the misogyny inherent in such a thought process. Soon, the hashtag#DressLikeAnIndianWoman started trending on Twitter for hours.
Women especially showed up in droves to post pictures of themselves in different kinds of everyday attire, collectively standing up to moral policing and harmful and unfounded notions of what they should be.
— Aarti Nair (@rtnair91) February 8, 2017
— Pratima Chaudhuri (@PratimaC) February 8, 2017
— freebird (@geet0212) February 7, 2017
— Nathasha-AR-Kumar (@nathasha_ar) February 7, 2017
— Prema Sagar (@SagarPrema) February 7, 2017
— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) February 7, 2017
— Subarna Chakravorty (@subarnac) February 7, 2017
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While the principal of the college has yet to respond to the backlash, women in India continue proving that they will keep fighting for their rights with their sense of humour intact.