We all have those days at work where no matter how good we are at what we do, we end up messing up our job. This is what happened when Rajdeep Sardesai interviewed tennis star Sania Mirza about her new memoir on Wednesday night.
However, he ended up learning a thing or two about feminism along the way.
The interview began with the veteran journalist asking Sania Mirza about her recently released autobiography 'Ace Against Odds' (which Shah Rukh Khan unveiled) and her 'love-hate' relationship with the media.
He spoke to her about her career, and about her titles. The trouble began when Sardesai steered the conversation towards her settling down. He asked, "Amidst all the celebrityhood, when is Sania going to settle down? Is it going to be in Dubai? Is it going to be in any other country? What about motherhood, building a family, I don't see all that in the book, it seems like you don't want to retire just yet to settle down?"
Sania Mirza's expression, which screamed 'this question, again??!' seemed to have said it all. She retorted with an apt reply.
“You sound disappointed I’m not choosing motherhood over being number one in the world," she said, adding, "but I’ll answer your question anyway. That’s the question I face all the time as a woman, that all women have to face – the first is marriage and then it’s motherhood. Unfortunately that’s when we’re settled, and no matter how many Wimbledons we win or number ones in the world we become, we don’t become settled. But eventually it will happen, not right now. And when it does happen I’ll be the first one to tell everybody when I plan to do that.”
Sardesai, though, was quick to admit his mistake. He apologised and admitted that he wouldn't have asked the same question to her male counterpart. And amid all this gender friction, having someone admitt to their mistaken sexism on national television is very refreshingly. Sardesai sets a benchmark on this front by apologising to Sania about his question. Sometimes you can't help your thoughts, but it's commendable to acknowledge an error in judgement.
Sania Mirza, ranked number one in her sport, makes a great point point about feminism. Why must women have kids to settle down? Isn't this the same question that Jennifer Aniston was asking in her blog where she expresses her wearies about pregnancy rumors? Is it necessary to equate the worth of a woman with her belly?
But then again, you cannot blame a journalist for asking questions that seem obvious and pertinent. Also, Sardesai, was quick to correct his words and admit his mistake, which even Sania Mirza seemed to appreciate. Sardesai's response could potentially be a bigger win for feminism than Mirza's reaction itself.
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