• What if I cover myself from head to toe? Limerick poem on a woman’s right to dress

    By Shruti Ambast

    It’s a good time to contemplate our double standards on the rights and privileges of different genders and, in particular, the way we think of women’s bodies – what with the burkini debate, the assertion that the fear of women’s breasts being visible is reason enough to ban them from a religious place, the censuring of bras from movies and the call to discourage skirts as they are too ‘Western’.

    Bras offend
    So do breasts
    And what do you know?
    So does a flat chest

    Skirts are a no-no
    Because legs are bare
    Jeans bhi mat pehno
    Because legs are there

    (What about a long skirt?
    Dilemma, yaar!
    Brb consulting my book of sanskaars)

    What if I cover myself
    From head to toe?
    *cough* secularism *cough* security *cough*
    Sorry. But no.

    Enough! I renounce clothing
    From now I will be nude
    No way! What do you think you are -
    A dude?

    Shruti, 25 is a researcher based in Delhi and tweets as @shrutiambast

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