The Oxford Dictionary defines Scandal as “an action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage; rumor or malicious gossip about scandalous events or actions.” Like when you were seen at the mall with your best friend’s girlfriend. Scandals can be related to politics, sports, sex, academics, religion or corporations. They can also be considered active or passive scandal. Active is when a scandal is committed by the individual who is doing inappropriate/scandalous behavior whereas the effects of active scandal on the person who is being scandalized is passive scandal. Anyhow, religion has its own theory regarding scandal. Scandalous behavior marks all those involved, from the primary actors to those directly affected by it.
It’s a post-modern perspective that our world is a hub of simultaneously archaic and innovative (?) forms of violence against women. And the most random and most sophisticated one is women’s scandals or scandalized women for sure. It’s a voiceless but tremendously injurious occurrence. But Women are affected by Scandal worse than Men are. Women are Scandalized for being exceptional or superior in all classes and social stratum! In our Eastern societies, women are Scandalized when they are exceptionally beautiful, have mind-blowing personality or have exceptional knowledge-based skills; each of these leading to male-chauvinistic grudges! Unlike, in Western societies, where “Scandalization of Women” is either a source or a reason or a cause for power-shift from certain socio-political arena or from one extreme of Trans-National arena to that of anothe. There, scandals and “Scandal Magnates” are made to accomplish certain impossible targets. And sometimes, women make themselves get involved in it deliberately and consciously.
Nevertheless, it’s not the case with Eastern countries, where scandals may not achieve aims but may achieve inevitable vulnerabilities and social stakes. Ultimately, they lead to dire consequences of women dilemma in our so-called civilized and semi traditional societies. Undoubtedly, underneath the “Scandalization Process,” women are disproportionately struck physically, sexually and psychologically in the eye of International Legal Perspective. Thus, also put a huge question mark on the Legal Normative Practices of equality between men and women. Why does it exist and will it increase, are important thoughts to ponder – in as much as, laws, policies, and practices discriminate against women?
However, there are also women who were thought of as “Scandalous” in their time for being strong individuals. In U.S. history, women like Amelia Earhart, Mae West, and Annie Oakley were doing things that only men would do at that time. Some of these examples could be considered positive outcomes despite their “scandalous” behavior, providing more opportunities and acceptance for their fellow women. When we talk about U.S. History, we never denied the role of “Scandalous Women” in British history from suffragettes to rebellious aristocrats, some of Britain’s infamous women like Emmeline Pankhurst. But there are also examples where Scandal ruins women’s lives over something relatively trivial, such as in the “The Lewinsky Scandal” which was a political sex scandal emerging in 1998 and the resulting investigation led to the threatened impeachment of President Clinton. When we talk about Western History, we never deny the role of “Scandalous Women”- from suffragettes to rebellious aristocrats, each of them infamous women during their times.
In short, the Scandal can have both positive and negative impacts on the societies. It’s upon us to choose which side of coin we want to see. Scandal is a type of rumors which came slowly in the media and then stays for a long time in the media but it can be real or totally based on false rumors; in both cases it leaves its consequences.
Written by: Sunita Gill