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Women Empowerment in the Age of Victimhood

6:15 PM, 19 Jan, 2019

There are many brands of woman empowerment or feminism today that are making rounds in the contemporary society. Some call for subtle changes, some ask for the total annihilation of the system. Some set goals, fight the odds and achieve their dreams while others find solace in the all-encompassing victimhood.

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

The above quote by the 19th-century German Philosopher fits in well quite interestingly in today’s women empoerment discourse.

Women all around the world are fighting longer and arduous battles for equal and fair opportunities. While some are still fighting for their fundamental rights, others are trying to break the ever-present glass ceiling that taints the light coming from above just enough that it colors their world with a certain degree of darkness. Women always have their fair share of struggle cut out for them irrespective of what they decide to do in any stage of their life. Despite of all the correlations with the culture of any society, it is the example set by an achiever that brings all sorts of forces to push the society forward and not the mindless activism for some imaginary utopian society. A Kalpana Chawla inspires more young women than a social justice warrior who thinks of bringing down the system.

It is of utmost importance to stress here that it is by doing and not by asking and hoping, the world is changing for the better. You have to ask yourself. How have you progressed in your own life? Do you contribute to your group by any other means then words? What is your idea of emancipation for yourself? The amusing situation of our times is that we think that raising voice is enough. Simply becoming an activist will not raise you to where you want to be.

Can you change society by simply identifying yourself as a ‘victim’?

The psychology of victimhood takes away all the burden of your subjective progress and responsibility, and lets you find comfort in the group/herd mentality. Which reminds me of another Friedrich Nietzsche quote: 

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Until women start drawing a line between their individual growth and growth as a group, it is highly likely that the only thing all sorts of empowerment movements will result in is victims on the road and no top executives in offices.