From commenting on ‘knee gaps’ to sexist remarks, 5 times textbooks taught bizarre things36-24-36 is the best figure for the females. Who says that? Well, this CBSE class 12 book cares to comment so openly about a female’s body.
36-24-36 is the best figure for the females. Who says that? Well, this CBSE class 12 book cares to comment so openly about a female’s body.
According to a textbook titled ‘Health And Physical Education’, the best size for a female body is 36-24-36. The unabashed remarks and stereotypical wisdom aren't confined to this single statement. This textbook carries on giving the reason why the Miss World and Miss Universe beauty pageants find such women worthy of the title.
This textbook has, undoubtedly, done his farthest best to promote body-shaming among young minds. The book also cares to comment why the women aren’t able to run properly because of their wider hip bones and knees being slightly apart. This single excerpt from the book has totally slammed the fact that PT Usha, a woman, has brought many accolades to the country for her tremendous speed at ‘running’.
The picture has been posted by a Twitter user named Anuj Khurana with a snapshot of the text.
Physical Education Book, 12th standard. pic.twitter.com/wpruZPBuXC— Anuj Khurana (@HaddHaiYaar) April 10, 2017
We shouldn’t be surprised as it is not the first time that the school books propagated false information and stereotypes among children. Here are few other incidents.
A class 12 sociology book published by the Maharashtra state board, thinks ugliness of a girl is the primary reason why groom’s family ask for dowry. This is what it exactly reads:
“If a girl is ugly and handicapped, it becomes very difficult for her to get married. To marry her, the girl’s bridegroom and his family demand more dowry. The helpless parents of such girls are then forced to pay up…”
In another bizarre incident, a teacher belonging to Chhattisgarh complained about a textbook that blamed women for increasing unemployment in the country. They think that women have begun working in various sectors, which has increased the unemployment in the nation.
A Hindi textbook went on to extreme lengths by saying. “A donkey is like a housewife. It has to toil all day and, like her, may even have to give up food and water. In fact, the donkey is a shade better, for while the housewife may sometimes complain and walk off to her parents' home, you'll never catch the donkey being disloyal to his master,". How majestically they compared a housewife to a donkey. Is this a good humour?
A reference book in a Gujarat English medium school had this amidst the pages:
The pilot and the Indian together thrashed the negro and tied him up with rope. Like a tied buffalo, he frantically tried to escape but could not. The plane landed safely in Chicago. The negro was a serious criminal…and this brave Indian was an employee of Air India.