In modern day Indian organizations which have strategically aligned their goals with resources (human or otherwise), or vice versa, there is a small thing which holds them back. That is deeming both genders equal. Debate has lasted decades on how improper treatment to women has caused the economy to freeze. But now we have a different problem.
With the empowered woman, thanks to millions of petitions, trillions of news articles and zillions of advertisements and a Googol of woman self-help groups, a new woman has entered the Indian organization. She is fiercely dependent (Not independent, dependent.) and knows how to get the job done. The males are afraid of her lest she file a petition for “Harassment at a workplace” or “Eve teasing”. She has a million options, you know! Add to it the fact that a male has his brains somewhere near his loins. And lo! You have the following picture:--
“An inexperienced girl enters a workplace. The male peers are forewarned about her powers. They help her in every way possible and in many ways impossible. She smiles and says thank you, while continually amassing information and snatching all ropes of the ladder from her male counterparts. Enter testosterone. He gets wooed and gives her access to the most clandestine of the files. Tells bad about the boss, which mistakenly slips out of her mouth while she was discussing “other things” with the boss. But the coincidence is it is a verbatim of what he had told her. The male enters into a quicksand but dare he protest? One bead of tear and the entire organization caves in. Auditors are shooed away, sales team postpones work indefinitely, operations stop manufacturing and financers stop using calculators to add 2 plus 2. The organization has a big problem in hand. The girl cried. Someone asks why? Someone says “He”. End of story.
P.S: I am a Jackassed-Arrogant-Ignorant Chauvinist. (The last adjective mine, others of the fairer gender!). By definition I am prejudiced for my gender, which for the record, is male. I am also in colloquial use of the term “Chauvinist”, a person who deems the other gender inferior. But this I am not.
A belief persists in me that better opportunities and scope for growth is available for women, than they give credit for. The media and the NGO’s have made it more like a fashion statement going out to protest every small incident in workplaces around the country. The pulley is kept leveraged so that it does not run out of lubrication.
Although many are competent, like in men, many are incompetent too. But I daresay their mistakes are more easily overlooked in society and elsewhere than a man’s would. It remains Man’s mistake for he often gives her more credit than she probably is worth. Even the woman who feels she made it big without any help, is wrong when she feels/says/claims so. She always had the backing and the shoulder of many a men lying down, helping her move up the ladder. (The liftman who had a male wait out, so that she could get in. The manager who gave her the list of prospects in the pipeline so that she would not have to roam trying to find new ones. The CEO who liked having her around. The watchman who got vegetables and milk for her so that she would not have to come out.) She just never did notice!!!
Armed with never before available weapons the “She” prowls the organizational territory like it were her porch. The medusa is here and Achilles still has the “Achilles groin”.
A men empowerment help center is one of the biggest opportunities available for entrepreneurs out there. The field will have strong growth prospects in say, 5 more years. There already are a million men, like me, out there who need expert help. She came and took away everything we owned. In fact, she made us give it to her. Like homosexuals, we too need to come out of the closet and seek help because If they can so can we.
The chauvinist in me dies. For I can’t change my gender.