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Society with a_midlife_crisis
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Society with a_midlife_crisis


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This is from Sunday Times. Issue date 26th December 2010. Only for private circulation. Has no commercial intent whatsoever. …

This is from Sunday Times. Issue date 26th December 2010. Only for private circulation. Has no commercial intent whatsoever.
Thought I must share it with my friends who could probably benefit from it.. particularly the young men :)

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  • 1. Society with a Midlife Crisis Shiv Visvanathan Sociologist
  • 2. Youthful society !!!!! <ul><ul><li>A land that worshipped tradition and seniority is suddenly making a fetish of the new. We have dumped the old fears of Malthus to relook at demography and claim that 70% of our population is under 25. We proclaim ourselves as the youthful society, convinced that youth, consumption, innovation is a combined elixir that will launch us into the next century.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think about it. In 10 years, our population will be middleaged . Ours will be a society with a  midlife crisis . Middle age in India will be like a collective menopause . It will affect the psyche of the whole society....  </li></ul></ul>
  • 3. Boring Men <ul><ul><li>In 2020, India will become middle-aged . The trouble with middle age in India is that Indians treat it like old age.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It also affects genders separately. India will become a society of boring men and purposive women ready after childbirth to resume careers and their lives.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Men will become iconically fatter, slower and spend more time in beauty clinics. Hair dyes would do little to hide the fading youth.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The crisis of middle age will lead to a gender battle.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By 2020, Indian women will be more professional , more at ease with their careers and their bodies, more sexually demanding. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom for women by that time will have become much more real. It is a reality men will not be able to take.  </li></ul></ul>
  • 4. Women will become inventive  <ul><ul><li>Men caught in their professional , patriarchal grids and kept adolescent by their mothers will not have grown, except grown predictable.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Their ambitions will slow down; most of their careers would be at snail's pace.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unemployment will be higher and they will find that the idea of a permanent job disappeared a decade ago.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the meanwhile, the consumer revolution would have created a different kind of freedom for women.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Women will become more inventive, not just about consumer products.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We will be a society of vital women hungry for life, contending with a patriarchy that has run out of steam and ideas.  </li></ul></ul>
  • 5. Feminzation of men <ul><ul><li>The one saving grace will be the women's reservation Bill guaranteeing 33% seats in Parliament . The  Congress  would always be remembered fondly by women for creating a wave of politics that will give India new ideas about peace, passion and sustainability.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Women will begin colonizing public spaces leading to strange domestic events. There will be a feminization of men —they will sit at home with their aged mothers.   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer gurus will make a killing on two trends.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The consumption of Viagra-like potions will increase, increasing with it the number of sexual quacks. The number of potions advocated by traditional healers will increase exponentially.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There will be a great increase in cosmetic surgery for fat men.  </li></ul></ul>
  • 6. Second Trend  <ul><ul><li>The second trend that people will begin noticing is the increasing presence of men in satsangs.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Religious ashrams will become a place for middle-aged boy scouts and fundamentalists. The satsangs will become more shrill and voyeuristic, condemning women to busy to attend to men or their mothers.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ever sensitive to new demands, some spiritual foundations might open special sections for men in the middle. One packaged course could be called &quot;spirituality in the age of the middle&quot;.  </li></ul></ul>
  • 7. social changes  <ul><ul><li>India would be in a civil war of genders, which society as a whole might not recognize clearly .  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For the first time, the Indian family might have to rethink itself . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Old ideas such as the sanctity of the family, the inviolability of the mother-child bond could show signs of fraying.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The problem will be an explosion of freedom in a society that feared freedom . Freedom in India would still be seen as licence.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Society's normative system might suddenly fall apart.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Domestic space might become more battle-ridden or emptier than public space.  </li></ul></ul>
  • 8. Premature of end to male sexuality  <ul><ul><li>This is when the first of the reactionary movements demanding a return to the traditional family could mushroom across India.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There would be a burst of evangelical family movements led by matriarchal women. Religious foundations and cultural groups could take on the role of marriage consultants .  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But life will become more interesting.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children will find it easier to discover themselves.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Men in particular will realize that the old IIT-careerist patriarchal male whose sexuality ended at 30 is a doomed creature.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Signs of a different sexuality, a different sense of conversation between men and women will hint at a whole new —and different - world. </li></ul></ul>