The Plight of Man

Standardization and stereotyping, as mechanisms of social oppression, hurt not only the marginalized but also those who are supposed to be the beneficiaries of such social mechanism. This paper studies the gender norms prevalent in the traditional Hindu societies in the backdrop of Manusmṛti, one of the most important Hindu law books, to show how gender norms act as detrimental to the interest of men and women alike and also act as a hindrance to the freedom of men as well.


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