Isn’t it high time the Tibetan striped apron (pangden) was challenged for what it represents?

It’s strange to observe that one of the few cultures left where women alone are socially expected or pressured to wear an overt, highly visible symbol of their married status is Tibetan – the striped apron (Pangden). It does not sit well with ideas of gender equality by contemporary standards but also in terms of Buddhist philosophy. Can someone please explain why the pangden still exists and why no-one appears to be challenging it’s patriarchal origins and discriminatory practice? In the 21st Century, where more and more women are enjoying equality of education, employment, social opportunities isn’t it high time that visible markers that symbolise only the woman’s marital status are abolished once and for all? How can there be any hope for women and girls not being seen as the property of men when they are expected to declare something publicly that is a private matter between a man and a woman.Or would it be better to have men wear a striped apron over their clothes to even the inequality out a little?

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