As soon as liquor shops opened on May 04 in non-containment zones, people rushed to the stores with little thought of social distancing.
Chhattisgarh: Social distancing norms being flouted as people in large numbers queue outside a liquor shop in Rajnandgaon. The state govt has allowed liquor shops to open in the state from today except for the containment zones. #CoronavirusLockdown pic.twitter.com/GfTzQP86Ip— ANI (@ANI) May 4, 2020
But outside one such store, people's attention was drawn to the women standing in lines to buy alcohol. Because it's 2020 but men can't accept that women drink and buy liquor.
Look who’s in line at the wine shops ..So much for protecting women against drunk men 🙄 pic.twitter.com/ThFLd5vpzd— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) May 4, 2020
#lockdownextension— Millind Warkhedkar (@GangurdeMillind) May 5, 2020
Tears r rolling down my eyes watching this pic. Young girls,women queuing up outside wine shops in May heat. so heart wrenching & sad. I urge the government to provide women free or subsidised liquor that too home delivered. Hope fellow feminists do support me pic.twitter.com/ChzLejd4mh
Men getting equal competition from women standing in a que for liquor , a case of women empowerment... Looking at the photo our own GOLDEN VOICE will be happy... GOLD - @sonamohapatra VOICE - @ReallySwara pic.twitter.com/iJ4KFlLAnn— Bhuban (@Bhuban64039498) May 5, 2020
Much like smoking, alcohol consumption is in no way a healthy habit. But, it is unhealthy for every human being who consumes it in excess.
And yet, over the years, our society has maintained that while alcohol consumption is injurious to a man's health, it is more injurious to a woman's character.
Feminism is not wearing vulgar clothes and organizing kissing events, smoking and drinking. Real feminism lies in empowering women to defend the dignity of self and motherland by the supreme sacrifice. #RaisenJohar pic.twitter.com/uA5lP0OOPc#RaisenJohar pic.twitter.com/RoVPX7pdXO— Ankit Sharma (@ankitbsd) May 6, 2020
If a woman drinks alcohol, she is immediately branded as someone who has little shame, is low on morals, and is asking to be assaulted.
And yet, the same assumptions are never made about men who drink. Rather, in their case, alcohol consumption is a sign of masculinity and virility.
It is not just about the lockdown, or director Ram Gopal Verma's tweet, for which he offered a clarification after facing criticism.
I am the one who clicked this photo and there were hardly a dozen women when there were hundreds of men in line. Police official on duty said that this was done for the protection of the women. Your tweet is sexist and twisted. https://t.co/HamIpPAAeA— Prajwal (@prajwalmanipal) May 4, 2020
Hey I think u misunderstood the intention behind that tweet ..I am the last person to be judgemental ..I meant it for the leaders who falsely presume that only men drink and abuse women in that state https://t.co/4DYJ6201j1— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) May 5, 2020
It is about how, when you combine alcohol and women, then somehow men always have to offer their unsolicited advice.
Much like how women react to other unsolicited things, this unsolicited advice is rarely, if ever, appreciated.
We have the pretending-to-be woke men who let women know what drinks they can consume, and how much of it they can consume.
Because how would women understand their own capacity and taste, right?
And in the worst of cases, we have men plying women with drinks, just so they make take advantage of a woman's inebriated state.
The same group of men that decided that a woman's honor lies in her vagina, think that a woman standing in line to buy liquor is morally corrupt.
What is the problem in girls buying liquor? I have seen women having bhang, beedi, Gaanja in villages too. It's just that, do not blame men after that and do not use men's money. Do not file rape if you have sex in intoxicated state. Your liver, your choice....— पंडिताइन उवाच (@jyotitiwari05) May 4, 2020
The same group of men who believe they have a right to school women on abortion, menstruation, and basically female bodily functions, believe that alcohol consumption is a gendered concept.
It is this section of society that proves, even under a nationwide lockdown, casual sexism will fly free.
Well, here's a newsflash for these men: the 'patriarchal' juice you've been sipping on has permanently rewired your brain to put toxic masculinity over logical reasoning.
Take this time under the lockdown to work on yourself, and once you're mature enough, you may join the women for a drink.