Do you think ‘Ben’ or ma’am are equivalent to ‘Sir’ or ‘Saheb’? Why not use ‘Sir’ (or ‘Saheb’) as a gender neutral term?
(‘Ben’ translates to ‘sister’ and is generally used address women in Gujarat).
Manjita Vanzara, a probationer DSP posted in Ahmedabad, adds, “Besides calling me ‘ben’, juniors often ask me to sit down while they took care of the rest during a field trip. I have to make them understand that they should address me according to protocol.”
“As children, we have been taught that ‘sir’ or ‘saheb’ is someone with power. Earlier, there were very few women in top positions in police, which has now changed,” he says. “Since the police force is inextricably linked to power, women demand that they be accorded the same respect as men and be called ‘sir’, not ben.”
Do you agree with this comment,
“Can’t it be Mam or Madam!!! Y only Sir??? That means she is shy or ungrateful of being a Women? I think she should be proud of what she is & sud not show what she is not!!! BY this she can also encourage women power!!!”
Do women need to be ‘grateful’ or ‘proud’ that they are born as women? (Does this, then apply to men also?)
And what is Women Power? Then do we also need terms like Men-Power?
How do terms like ‘Ben’ ‘encourage women power’?
Do women need to be seen as sisters (Ben) to be respected, or can they just be officers/people?
Why must any Police officer be addressed in terms that might indicate, not just gender but frequently also their marital status?