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The impact of patriarchy on women can be significant and pervasive, affecting their personal, social, economic, and political lives in many ways. Examine.

Topic: Social empowerment; Role of women and women’s organization

2. The impact of patriarchy on women can be significant and pervasive, affecting their personal, social, economic, and political lives in many ways. Examine. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

The article discusses the arrest of a woman in Kerala, India, for allegedly selling illegally brewed toddy, a traditional drink made from coconut palm sap. The author argues that the arrest is rooted in pervasive misogyny in Kerala, which often targets women for activities that are considered morally questionable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the impact of patriarchy on women.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by defining patriarchy.

Body:

In the first part, write about the ways patriarchy is prevalent in the society in terms of discriminatory values, norms, beliefs and practices. Cite examples to substantiate.

Next, write about impact of patriarchy on women – economic dependence, violence, domestication and the peripherals of decision-making.

Next, mention ways to challenge patriarchy and make the society egalitarian.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.