As a woman who drinks, you get to hear a lot of unsolicited advice and comments from people who have possibly never seen a woman drink before. These words of wisdom from the 16th century may act as a buzzkill and ruin your well-deserved night out. But fret not, we’ve got a handy guide of replies for you.
‘Women shouldn’t drink’: Yes, because women have livers that can be affected in the long run and men have just an impermeable cavity in its place, right? And of course, you’re going to bring up some sanskaar/Indian culture nonsense while casually taking a sip of your own drink. Again, all of this sanskaar suddenly vanishes into thin air when it comes to men.
‘Do your parents know?’: Imagine asking a guy this same question. Feels awkward, doesn’t it? So, only when it comes to women, you instantly assume that we happen to be our parents’ property. Do you also happen to inform your mother of how many times you wash your hands? If not, congratulations, you’re an independent adult who can make decisions for themselves! And if you do, man, that’s some strange dedication.
‘You drink a lot for a woman’: And you talk a lot for a person, but sadly we still somehow manage to coexist. Some of the most solid drinkers we know are women who’ll drink you under the table and still be able to help their drunk friends get home. On the other hand, the most drunken bar brawls we’ve seen, happen to be started by men. Coincidence? We think not!
‘You’ll have a cocktail, right?’: Will you be having plain shots of testosterone then, since we’re jumping to conclusions? Why is it so hard for you to grasp that every individual has different tastes and that it is possible for women to enjoy just the kind of liquor you associate with men and also sip on amazing cocktails. Being open to discovering new drinks without limiting oneself is amazing, you should try it sometime!
‘What will people say?’: Well, they’re going to say everything mentioned above and say that women who drink don’t have morals while implying we have lots of drugs and sex. They’ll tell us how lucky women are because they have ladies’ night and free entry in clubs, knowing full well that that doesn’t even remotely compensate for our struggles. There will be questions about whether we really know the difference between whiskey and rum (really?). They’ll even bring up marriage and children, and how no one will marry us because we drink. But guess who’ll still enjoy alcohol despite all of this? Yep, women.