Remember how I was so sick yesterday I had to put up rerun posts? Keep that in mind, it may have made me a bit irritable.
Well thank you Akshay for explaining how terrible menstruation is!!!! I had NO IDEA!!!! Yes, I have experienced it myself for the past 20 years, but until I heard a man’s voice telling me that it was painful and unhygienic, somehow that never occurred to me! I thought it was all daisies and flowers and sunshine!
And, of course, in my silly female way, I didn’t want to use clean fresh pads to treat it. I preferred to sit in my own filth and risk killer infections. The same way, until I saw your Toilet film last year, I preferred to go to the fields once a day instead of having a toilet in my home. Us silly women and our obsession with tradition!!!!! Isn’t it true in all cultures? Women, with their vast power over everything that happens in a society, force their backwards views on everyone else. Okay, maybe I am exaggerating, but certainly it’s true that women always have complete control over their own bodies! To make women’s bodies into a battleground of culture and tradition and chastity and power, why, that would be LUDICROUS! Obviously if we are not able to deal with our simple needs in the most straightforward and healthy way, it is our own choice.
So yes, I am feeling a little bitter about this. Especially because it is so close, like Toilet, to being the film I want. This is an important issue that needs to be addressed. From two directions. Hinduism, of course, has the “unclean” attitude towards women on their period which surely must be an added humiliation. And second, there are serious health dangers to not using the right kind of supplies. Which is something I learned from my mother (A WOMAN!!! SHOCKING!) 20 years ago.
And I know in real life it is based on a man, so I’m not going to ask them to change that and make him a woman. I just don’t want the plot beat of “I am going to invent this all on my own, it will be perfect, and women will turn it down because they are foolish”. I want him to use his female relatives as a resource, a focus group. Because after all, wouldn’t they know best? And I want the women to be thrilled and immediately see the benefits and the MEN of the society to be the ones who resist and need to be beaten down and taught a lesson. And I definitely don’t want the feeling that this whole movie, about the most female thing possible, is directed at men and explaining to men what is happening.
But yes, it is a clever trailer, especially the opening of it. And Akshay’s character looks loveable. And I love Radhika Apte ever since Kabali. And Sonam wears glasses, that’s neat. But also, GRRRRRRRRRRRR!