CBSE textbook describing 'best' body shape for women creates social media storm
An excerpt from the Health and Physical Education Textbook states, "36, 24, 36 shape of females is considered the best". Photograph: (Twitter)
A Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) textbook that advocates 36, 24, 36 as the "best" shape for females and references beauty pageants while advocating the ideal figure is in the centre of a storm on social media.
An excerpt from the health and physical education textbook states, "36, 24, 36 shape of females is considered the best.
That is why in Miss World or Miss Universe competitions, such type of shape is also taken into consideration."
The book has also been criticised for its bias against the female body structure which is being shown as inferior to that of males.
"The vertebrae in females is usually long but in comparison, upper and lower limbs (hands and and legs) are smaller, whereas the vertebra, hands and legs of males are longer in comparison to females. The bones of hips of females are wider, knees are slightly apart. Due to this shape, females are not able to run properly," reads a controversial paragraph.
The emphasis on exercising for the sake of beauty instead of health has also kicked up a storm. “Exercise makes figure beautiful".
ThIs CBSE book - the Health and Physical Education by Dr. VK Sharma for12th standard says "36-24-36 shape of females is considered the best” pic.twitter.com/l4iIvBKj2j— Rishi Bagree (@rishibagree) April 12, 2017
@rishibagree What they are teaching?! The figure & shape of males & females ?! I mean really! S** education in school !!— ASTHA MISHRA (@asthasweet) April 12, 2017
@rishibagree ??Thats why most adolescent girls stop eating to maintain 36 24 36 esp to get a smaller waist&develop many health disorders mainly anaemia.— PreetiDoc (@Doc_gyn) April 12, 2017
@rishibagree Whosoever wrote and approved it had a bollywoodian mind.Medical Science could not conclude it but these white obsessed trolls are sure.— V K Pande (@drvkpande) April 12, 2017
@Meetasengupta The language looks sexist in the first place.And why the 36-24-36 hangover in even textbooks? Something that makes me uncomfortable for sure— Sumeet Gill (@TheSumeetGill) April 12, 2017
The book authored by Dr VK Sharma is a part of the12th standard syllabus. It has been published by New Saraswati House and not the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) - the government organisation that assists and advises central and state governments on academic matters related to school education.
The NCERT publishes textbooks for school subjects from Classes I to XII for the CBSE.