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Rana Ayyub Pissed With Men Who Think Women Succeed Because Of Their Bodies. Can Men Stop Dismissing Our Hard Work?

November 24, 2022 | by Ritu Sanghvi

Being a woman is already tough but it gets ten times worse when the woman is in a male-dominated field like journalism. I mean, people always just assume that a woman who has achieved success in journalism has used her body to get there. In fact, there are people who also believe that women use their bodies to even get stories – yes, sure, because fluttering your eyelashes is the magical ingredient in getting a story. And you the worst part of this is that this kind of prejudice women who have been in the field for years also have to face. In fact, just recently journalist Rana Ayyub calls out this gender prejudice in journalism in her latest post.

On November 24, Rana Ayyub took to her Instagram to share an incident of gender prejudice that she faced just because she was a woman in journalism. In the post, she talks about how a magazine journalist spoke to her for an hour for a profile, and all his questions had a similar direction – ‘do you think women have it easier in journalism?’.

 

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In her Instagram post, Rana Ayyub calls out this sexism that she and many other women journalist face on a daily basis. She asks men across fields to accept and digest the fact that women in higher positions have gotten there because of their hard work and not because they used their bodies to get there.

 

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To further emphasize her point, Rana Ayyub sassily says that women when not busy “tantalising” and “seducing” men risk their lives to get their stories, investigate, and report – and all of their work barely get acknowledged. She drops truth bombs when she says that women wake up every day and fight gender prejudice at work while proving their worth. 

 

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To drive her argument home, Rana Ayyub gives an example of how during the first book readings of Gujarat Files a “uncleji” asked if she was successful because she was young and attractive and men “naturally open up” to women like her. And she gave him a befitting reply saying, “Of course, I just fluttered my eyelashes, and the answers came pouring. A 26 yeard old muslim woman with eight cameras on her body, living undercover as a hindu nationalist girl for 6 months, surrounded by criminals, high ranking officials, recording some of the toughest exposes of a carnage, taking on the wrath of a regime and its blind supporters. Taking on bigoted, nationalist hate. And yet, all I did was toss my curls in air.”

Honestly, as a woman myself who is in the field of journalism am tired of having to explain myself or the position that I am at. To answer all of your questions for the last time, ‘NO, we don’t have it easy, if nothing we have it worse’. So, just leave us alone and work on your own sexist mentality that can’t accept a woman in a powerful position.

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