Warning 1: if you are a male, then before you read this post ahead, lemme tell you that you may get offended with this post.
Warning 2: if you are a female, then before you read this post ahead, lemme tell you that you may get offended with this post too.
Though this post isn’t written to offend you. Still read on your own risk.
Warning 3: if you are an alien then you can happily go with the post ahead. It won’t offend you at all. ( Not until females on your galaxy need empowerment too. )
While government of my country is making reforms to build millions of toilets across rural most part of country. We the women of urban area suffer from very different kind of problem.
A woman has to wait very much longer to get her chance to enter the toilet than a man. ( imagine the situation if she has a fully distended bladder or she is running out of time. )
The possible explanations are two. One is modifiable and one is not.
1) Let’s consider a situation where the total area of a toilet for He is same as total area of a toilet for she.
Now it’s obvious that the toilet dedicated to men can accommodate more men at a given point of time than a toilet dedicated to women. ( do I need to explain why? )
2) well second situation which is not modifiable is that we are women. We have a lot of issues to attend and a lot of things to do, when we are inside a toilet. As I am bounded by the code of secrecy to women kind, I am not going to reveal what they are. But one has to believe me, when I say that it’s not modifiable.
So here comes the strange case of women empowerment I am going to talk about.
I was waiting in a line to enter a women’s toilet. As I was cringing with full bladder, while waiting in line I counted the number of women ahead me. And my brain which was controlling muscles of my bladder shouted with pain. 15!!!!!!! Are you fucking kidding me!!!! If a girl takes 5 minutes inside the toilet then my number will come after 75 minutes.
As my bladder started threatening me, I had no choice but to make a decision. And then I saw the gate next to women’s toilet. And it was a toilet for He.
The last time I entered a male toilet was probably when I was 2 or 3 years old. Toilets inside Boys hostel of medical college ( from which me and my dad graduated from ) are the only boys’ toilet I’ve seen ( but don’t remember ) in my life.
Bad idea. Bad idea my brain told me. Try and search for another toilet it said. But I know there aren’t any other toilets here. The second toilet for women isn’t functional unlike second toilet for men.
And then my mind outraged with idea how we women suffered from injustice.
Two toilets for men, and just one toilet for women!!!!!!
HOW CAN WE EMPOWER WOMEN IF THEY DON’T HAVE SIMILAR NUMBER OF TOILETS AS MEN HAVE!!!!!
And then I remembered Gandhi.
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
So why can’t I use it? After all there isn’t any man there inside it. There aren’t any men waiting in line with their bladder full. Why we women are standing in a queue.
“Have courage and just enter the bloody toilet.” My bladder told me.
“But…..” my mind began to retort.
“DO YOU WANT TO EMPOWER WOMEN OR NOT? ” My bladder shouted.
“Yes I certainly do.” My mind replied offended.
“THEN ENTER THAT GODDAMN TOILET.” My bladder ordered.
With palpitations I asked the girl in ahead of me that if she is going to watch the door while I use the toilet for men. At first she was as shocked with horror as if I was asking her to be my partner in murdering someone. But when I gave her my reasoning of empowering women by using that toilet she happily agreed.
And then with lot of humming and chatter in the background, two of us moved towards the toilet for men.
After making sure there was no Man inside it, I entered no women’s land.
What happened next, I can’t remember well. Though I surely remember coming out of toilet just to find another line of women in front of it.
The possible cause for amnesia is probably the very very much extreme pleasure my mind felt after emptying bladder and yeah empowering women.
At last I want to say thank you to all women out there, who are fighting for women empowerment. With decades of their struggle women got rights to vote, to fly fighter jets, to join Police forces, to become president of country.
And I want to say thanks to men out there too. Who helped the women into fulfilling their dreams, supported them and fought their own kind for rights of women.
[ Though we women don’t hesitate to curse you enough, if you enter the coach reserved for ladies in Mumbai Local or the Delhi Metro by fault or knowingly. ]