I never thought I would say that I would take the American media coverage over another country’s, but I am now.
Aishwarya Rai is a famous Bollywood actress and a former Miss World considered by many in India as being the most beautiful woman in the world. Well, until she gave birth that is.
Rai gave birth a mere six-months ago, but apparently she should have snapped back into shape already. It’s her duty as a beautiful person.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald a commenter said, "She is a Bollywood actress and it is her duty to look good and fit.”
Another added: "She needs to learn from people like Victoria Beckham who are back to size zero weeks after their delivery."
It seems that in India there are very strong opinions about the roles women should play and how they should look.
"There is a glorification of motherhood in India and Indian cinema," said cinema professor Shohini Ghosh. "But people are confused because they don't know whether to glorify Aishwarya in her new motherhood or lament that she is not looking like a runway model."
This seems to be an issue that many people are confused by when they don’t look at women as people but rather as vessels to carry out certain roles in society that fulfill their needs.
It is not a woman’s responsibility to look a certain way to please others. Until we all get that sunk into our brains in a very deep way we will be battling this issue.
How do we reach people trapped in an old world mentality that who we are as people is what matters, not what we look like?