Feminism and Cognitive Bias

Erratic Expeditions

Recently, I traveled to Mahabaleshwar in Goa. I was standing in a handicraft store looking at the molds and designs of different things kept for viewing and buying. There were numerous household items, like pan, chakla-belan( used to flatten and round dough ), pots, jars, cutting knives and trays etc.

My first reaction to this was – ‘Why do these stores have mainly female-centric items?’ I could not identify with them. This was certainly not the first time this had happened. It happens when I accompany my mother on shopping.

This incident made me feel a little uncomfortable with myself. It made me feel like my belief in ‘equality’ had been a pretense all along. Was this unique to me? Was I being hypocritical?

Confused, I emailed my Philosophy Professor. (We are currently being taught ethics and morality.) He wrote to me – ‘We are all cultural…

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