- Author: Yashda Garg
- Paperback: 54 pages
- Publisher: Blue Rose Publishers; 1st edition (3 August 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9789386673190
Gender and Gyves is a collection of stories and poems which represents how gender and gender
roles are so deep seated into the society that we tend to overlook many dimensions of the society
and being. The collection tends to question the patriarchal norms and traditions which bind us
into the institution of oppression.
It is often perceived that men are not the victims of gender oppression. However, it is not only
women who are suppressed by the prevalent social apparatus; a different oppressive schema has
been constructed for men too. Gender and Gyves voices how the violence inflicted upon men
goes unacknowledged due to the normative idea of machismo.
Besides questioning the heteronormativity, the collection delves into multifarious aspects of
sexuality. To deconstruct the idea of gender it is imperative to understand that it is not a bifurcate
concept which only has an application over men and women. Dividing the masses solely into
men and women would mean ostracizing every other gender.
We often fail to realize that it takes a whole social structure to raise us into a gendered identity
and end up normalizing violence. Our gender training begins right from the cradle. Even the
most seemingly trivial things like the colors and toys accorded to a particular gender can leave an
indelible mark on one’s psyche. Through its stories and poems, Gender and Gyves explores the
idea of living by a gendered perspective throughout different ages and draws out a parallel
between feminism and ageism.
It is alarming how the expression of sexuality is still a taboo subject. Layering something as
natural as menstruation is into obscurity or revering something as redundant as virginity only
aggravates the subjection. However, it is also important to note that gender equality does not
necessarily imply a coerced freedom. Coercing your idea of liberation upon a group of
individuals is another kind of oppression altogether. The essence of equality lies in the equality of opportunity.