Thursday, June 18, 2009

The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence


Why do the Arab countries only hire MALE ENGINEERS? Why do these gender-biased region limits the potential of social, political and economic growth with their negative impact on women's opportunities for economic advancement?

The scant employment opportunities for women have long stemmed from the patriarchal interpretations of the religious rulings and ideological concept of Islam that women should remain "jural minors" with their roles as wives, daughters, and mothers. The autonomous public life for a woman was outside the norm and was often perceived as a threat to their family's honor and reputation. Hmmmnnn... guys.. does this sound scary?

Well.. arguably, the girl power have come out in the open and the gender imbalance had been addressed, if not reduced. Though not in the Arab regions, increased rates of literacy and employment have changed attitudes and perceptions toward women. Society has moved toward egalitarian ideas and the reconstruction of modern life.


Actually, it just really piss me off that most of my job listings in Jobstreet have always been like this.

I wish they had a gender filter or something, so i wouldn't get a face overran by dismay having received those job offers that require MALE engineers. But tell you, i could act and look just as they wished, a male engineer, just promise not to peek under those undies so as to see the real gender. haha.

Ooooppss... i know what runs in your cranky head

Don't blame me for insisting to thrive in this male-dominated world of mechanical engineering. My profession, i wear it proudly like a medal, but humbly like a reminder. Enough said.

But then again again again, who says the grass is greener in the Arab countries?

Definitely not Robert Fulghum.

"The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be."
Robert Fulghum . It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It (1988)

Hehe. Ala lang. Just ranting and raving.