Women and Perception of Insecurity


  • P.M. Suresh Kumar Department of Social Work, Priyadarshini Arts and Science College, Malappuram - India




Insecurity, Perception, Biological Identity, Role models, Stereotyping


The female child succumbs to myriad ways of marginalizing and role-modelling along with upbringing at a very early age. As she grows, she discovers that her biological self is contributing to vulnerability. Consequently, she tries to keep away from physical proximity to men and isolates herself from precarious surroundings. Alongside this, time assumes a situational factor imposing restrictions on physical mobility. As a result, spatial mobility becomes a challenge. This double calamity of exercising conscious control of the body and behaviour to align it with time and space is excessively overburdening. This apart host of extraneous factors works to the contrary. Religion is the most important among them. Religion imposes worship restrictions setting codes of purity and pollution. In male-dominant societies, some form of prejudice is spread through media, art, and literature depicting women as objects of erotic and aesthetic embodiment. In contemporary societies, selective discrimination begins even before birth and continues through upbringing by way of customs and traditions. The cumulative impact of several such extraneous factors triggers a compounding effect on her biological self, leading to the perception of insecurity. This paper focuses on how and why women perceive insecurity.

Author Biography

P.M. Suresh Kumar, Department of Social Work, Priyadarshini Arts and Science College, Malappuram - India

Dr. Suresh Kumar received his Master degree in Social Work from Loyola College, Trivandrum and Ph.D in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has vast experience of 18 years in teaching and research and served as Professor at Srinivas University, Mangalore and CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore. He has published extensively on wide range of topics in peer reviewed journals.  Currently serving as Head of Department of Social Work at Priyadarshini Arts and Science College, Malappuram (Kerala).


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How to Cite

Kumar, P. S. (2023). Women and Perception of Insecurity. RESEARCH REVIEW International Journal of Multidisciplinary, 8(1), 36–40. https://doi.org/10.31305/rrijm.2023.v08.n01.007