Updated: April 12, 2017 5:55:53 pm
What we learn in school is really the foundation of our thoughts. Thus, great importance is given to school education, and definitely, on the books, our children are taught. However, in the recent past, some contents in our textbooks are far less than being knowledgeable.
Now, one such book’s content is doing rounds on social media that has not only stunned them but also raised the question how the book is being taught in school. The Physical Education book in question, while describing the ‘physical and anatomical differences between male and female’, highlights what should be a ‘best’ shape of a female body. The CBSE textbook mentions bizarre body measurements and claims, ” 36, 24, 36, shapes of female is considered best.” And to justify such admonishing claims it goes on to say, “That is why in Miss World or Miss Universe competitions such type of shape is also taken into consideration.”
The book is published by New Saraswati House and is taught to CBSE students of Class 12 though it hasn’t been brought out by the NCERT. Titled, the Health and Physical Education Textbook by Dr VK Sharma.
The contents of the book have created an uproar on social media and people are surely not happy with the unnatural beauty standards.
Physical Education Book, 12th standard. pic.twitter.com/wpruZPBuXC
— Anuj Khurana (@HaddHaiYaar) April 10, 2017
ThIs CBSE book – the Health and Physical Education by Dr. VK Sharma for12th standard says “36-24-36 shape of females is considered the best” pic.twitter.com/l4iIvBKj2j
— Rishi Bagree (@rishibagree) April 12, 2017
While exercising is advised to remain fit and healthy, the book propagates — “Exercise makes figure beautiful”. The shocking contents of the book do not end there, it further reminds us that “the 36-24-36 figure does not come up by chance.” Advocating that the so-called perfect body shape can be attained “through regular and various types of exercise.”
The problem is not just with the content but also the lingo used in the textbook and clearly, the referencing beauty pageants are problematic. And let’s not even get there that the author has least ideas about beauty competitions. Why any measurements at all should be part of a curriculum textbook, is another question altogether.
Here’s what people had to say
— Karnika Kapoor (@karnikakapoor) April 11, 2017
— Nazia (@docnazia) April 10, 2017
— Big-B (@ZeHarpreet) April 12, 2017
@rishibagree Whosoever wrote and approved it had a bollywoodian mind.Medical Science could not conclude it but these white obsessed trolls are sure.
— V K Pande (@drvkpande) April 12, 2017
@rishibagree this is preposterous.Cosmopolitan propagating this I undrstnd but who in their right mind wud want kids to learn this in skool
— नेहा जोशी (@NehaJoshi1987) April 12, 2017
@rishibagree What they are teaching?! The figure & shape of males & females ?! I mean really! S** education in school !!
— ASTHA MISHRA (@asthasweet) April 12, 2017
@rishibagree and the fact that no teacher/educationist has noticed this or made an effort to pt this out says smthn abt our complacency
— नेहा जोशी (@NehaJoshi1987) April 12, 2017
@rishibagree 😂Thats why most adolescent girls stop eating to maintain 36 24 36 esp to get a smaller waist&develop many health disorders mainly anaemia.
— PreetiDoc (@Doc_gyn) April 12, 2017
@Meetasengupta The language looks sexist in the first place.And why the 36-24-36 hangover in even textbooks? Something that makes me uncomfortable for sure
— Sumeet Gill (@TheSumeetGill) April 12, 2017
Netizens also took note that ‘V-shape’ would be an ideal male body shape
@rishibagree all the time focus goes to women only. heh? Men with V shaped body?? Like that of Phelps. dear men, u r best with the present shape. God!!
— Ranjini Menon (@Ranjinimenon) April 12, 2017
@rishibagree Hope Dr VK Sharma got V shaped body with 36 24 12 specifications.
— Sattiraju K 🇮🇳 (@sattirajuk) April 12, 2017
And by the way, the author also doesn’t believe females can be good athletes, yes, because ladies, your’s body shape does not allow you that. “The vertebrae in females is usually long but in it, comparison upper and lower limbs (hands and legs) are smaller, whereas, the vertebra, hands and legs of males are longer in comparison to females. The bones of hips of females are wider. Knees are slightly apart. Due to this shape females are not able to run properly.” Of course, so what if PT Usha, Dutee Chand, Anju Booby George are ‘not’ good runners!
Surely, this is not the first time books taught in school has raised questions. Earlier a book claimed that a woman’s ‘ugliness’ could be the reason for dowry while another science book as an experiment, encouraged students to kill a cat!
IndianExpress.com has reached out to the publisher and is awaiting a response.
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