From the New York Times:
Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan spoke at the opening night of the 6th annual Women in the World Summit. The Summit was held from April 22nd to April 24th in New York. He talked with Iraqi-American humanitarian Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, about his crusade for women’s rights and justice.
Aamir Khan has been addressing women’s issues head on and helping to induce social change in India. Each week, his groundbreaking and wildly successful TV talk show, Satyamev Jayate, or Truth Alone Triumphs, gets an audience of 600 million viewers to re-think cultural taboos, from caste to dowries to rape.
“Unless we redefine what it is to be a man, things aren’t going to change. Is a real man a protector or someone who goes and beats people up?” he asked, adding that rigid gender roles should be abandoned and male sensitivity encouraged. “You cannot raise a boy telling him not to cry. You are in effect distancing him from emotion and then you are surprised when he grows up and beats his wife.”
In India, he said, the conventional wisdom is that “real men don’t cry and real men don’t hold their wives’ hands.”
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