Feminism India

Outward Smiles, Inward Screams!

“The prince charming came riding on the horse, kissed the princess on the lip and rescued her from all her misery. They rode into the basking sunshine and lived happily ever after. Goodnight, honey. Sleepwell” said the mother and tucked her in the bed.

She waited for her prince charming to come, for the next twenty long years.

The knight in shining armour, the valiant man to save the damsel in distress.

She kept waiting and waiting, but the prince charming never arrived.

Cinderella, Snow White, and the Sleeping Beauty, all fairy tales flawed.

False hopes and invalid dreams.

Outward smiles and inward screams.

Fair, tall and skinny, the stereotypes of beauty all glorified

The naive minds of little girls fed on such lies

But is tall, fair and skinny enough?

Try being sharp, intellectual and creative for once.

A beautiful mind is far better than a beautiful body.

Bedtime stories need not be fairy tales of pretty young girls.

They can instead be inspiring anecdotes of powerful women.

All you lovely mothers with even lovelier daughters, please take note, Cinderella, Snow White, and Jasmine aren’t real.

Indra Nooyi, Sheryl Sandberg, and Oprah Winfrey can be our role models.

Why do little girls have to wait around for a prince charming to come save the day?

She can be her own savior and when the sun shines, she can as well make hay!

What happens when women write? Well we rewrite the world! Dreamer, thinker, amateur writer and an engineering undergraduate pursuing B.tech from Delhi Technological University.