Choose to Booze Lads get Praised, Ladies get Eyebrows’ Raised

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Simran Lakhina
A content writer with a specialization in journalism and mass communication. Being a post-graduate in English, I aspire to write a work of fiction one day. I enjoy interacting with new people and like to be in a positive aura.

We have all seen the heads turning towards the women who seem to be enjoying a drink or two. Those cliche comments by the ‘civil’ people of our society. And immediately those girls become uncultured, cunning, sloppy and slut. Social attitudes differ depending upon whether it is a man or a woman who’s been drinking. This drinking double standard directly predicts a sexual double standard, reinforced by our societal norm, where a drinking woman is criticized and a drinking man is praised. 

Sexual double standard

Not only just by society but women even get judged by the men who themselves drink. Men live in the perception that women who drink are slutty and easily available. They feel that the women who drink might be open for any kind of misbehavior. Culture carves out terms to reinforce our conditioning: why else has a ‘good time girl’ became a derogatory euphemism for a ‘slut’ or ‘prostitute’? Why men boozing is okay and women boozing becomes a tag? Due to this double standard existence, there is a huge impact on many young women in our nightlife economy, many of whom feel too scared to completely let go and enjoy themselves when they are drinking. Their personal freedom- there basic civil liberty is restricted. Women are not as free to go a little crazy on their own terms as men themselves are. There seem to be risks and consequences for women who go wild. Biasfully, such risks don’t exist for men. But such men do carry guts to comment and judge women who dare to live on their own terms. 

Ditch the double-standards

There are a lot of fantastic ladies out there who work really hard all through the week and deserve to unwind on the weekends with a couple of drinks, just as their male counterparts do, without the fear of losing respect. Don’t let this double standard shit fly. As a matter of fact, things can and do go wrong in the party world. But when you force women to choose safety over pleasure in ways men never had to, you teach women that their good time is not as important as a guy’s good time. It is really shameful if you are a girl who loves drinking and having a good time, but doesn’t want to be forever known as the ‘good time girl’. 

Don’t give a f**k about those pointing fingers

Here is to all the ladies who like to booze sometimes, it is surely a health hazard to drink too often or drinking too much, but enjoying a drink or two does no harm. You should not be bothered about what others think about you. It is your personal choice if you wish to drink or not. As long as you are in your own control, no one has any right to say anything about you. It is you who need to decide for yourself, if you want to drink or not and not the society who has always been biased between genders in every aspect. 

At the end of the day, if your drinking is not harming your own self or others, it is no sin to feel guilty about it.