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Of pickles and fragments

Photo by Ambika from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/ceramic-container-with-red-paste-7812134/ For a woman, her family comes first, career second. For a girl, she is over smart. She is going to cause trouble. Aspiring for leadership positions might jeopardize a woman's chances of getting married. You can never do a 100% job of being a career woman and taking care of your family. Try this concoction. It will make you fairer. You have been so lucky in life to have gotten all that you wanted. Why do you have to work so hard? Can't you stop work at 2 o'clock? These maxims and snide remarks, often heard in predominantly patriarchal societies, offer a sneak peek into an insidious world - a universe of microaggressions created to cut and chisel girls and women down to size, so that she can fit into pre-conceived notions of what is good and best for her and her family. I call this pickling. When one is born into such a culture, one grows up seeing, hearing, feeling, and experi

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