International Women's Day 2018: I am a man and I don't celebrate Women's Day

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Updated: Mar 8, 2018, 08:57 PM IST

Yes, I don't celebrate Women's Day. I don't wish the women in my life on this day or bring presents to them. Or write flattering testimonials about how they make my life thousand times better (which they do). In fact, I hate it when they get special discounts on the day or get special treatment on this day. I get jealous. And more than that, I get scared. 

There are two reasons for this- first, I don't believe in any special day to celebrate womanhood (or brotherhood, fatherhood, motherhood, manhood or any other 'hood's)- I think they should be celebrated every day.

But the more important and bigger reason is that I am too busy preparing for the day when women will rule the world. When, not if, they take their rightful place as the leaders of the world, I want to be ready for it. I want to appear worthy of them. 

My fear or rather my belief is based on the very foundation of nature. The natural world has shown us that the female gender is superior in every sense- they are better hunters, gatherers, and protectors. They also take care of the most important life process in the world- reproduction (with apologies to Mr. Seahorse).

No one said it better than comedian Jim Gaffigan, "But truly, women are amazing. Think about it this way: a woman can grow a baby inside her body. Then a woman can deliver the baby through her body. Then, by some miracle, a woman can feed a baby with her body. When you compare that to the male’s contribution to life, it’s kind of embarrassing, really."

 They are the true alpha.

It's amazing how women, despite having natural, physical and social disadvantages, still manage to succeed in life. They are strong enough not to fall apart even after being victims of inequality all their lives. They have created the niche place for themselves in this male-dominated patriarchal society. 

Women are the true bearer of grace, beauty, and charm. They are fierce when they want to achieve something. They are intelligent (anyone who does exam result stories will attest to that). And they are getting better.

The women of today are not shy about speaking up their mind. They are business leaders, national icons, scientists, sportspersons and statesmen (or as Justin Trudeau would say- statespeople). 

But more importantly, my belief comes from the women around me. They are homemakers (like my mother), students (like my cousin), adventurers (like my friend), journalists (my colleagues) and business leaders (another friend). 

I love, like and respect all of them. But more than that I am busy trying to compete with them. I see how they overcome many difficulties to achieve a lot every day. They are fierce but kind, competitive but caring, ruthless but graceful. 

Every day, I try to compete with some of them. I try to be better than some of them. I try to make myself worthy of a few of them. 

I am a man and I don't celebrate Women's Day. I am too busy trying to stay relevant. I am preparing for the time when 365 days of the year will be women's days. 

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