One is not born, but rather becomes, woman.
Simon de Beauvoir
If we take Beauvoir's statement as a ground, some questions immediately come to our mind: What makes one a woman? How does one become a woman? What are the parameters that create a woman? Is this biological determinism that makes a woman? Is it cultural one that creates a woman? To answer these questions we have to look into the socio-religious-cultural setting of a community, for one is gradually becoming a woman because of her community's socio-religious-cultural standards mostly set by the prevalent notions, ideologies, customs, social systems, family structure, food habits, dress code, values, norms, rituals, beliefs, class, creed, caste, ethnicity, race and religion, which all are unfortunately patriarchally biased.
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Subrata Chandra Mozumder
Department of English