Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Respect for women

I love inspirational stories, especially stories about women who made it against the odds stacked against them. However, these stories are far and few.

It angers me that in this time and age, women are still shackled by discriminatory laws, either real or imagined. How is it possible that a woman, a mother who nurtures, is treated with such disrespect and scorn?

In some cultures, boys are revered while girls are considered bad luck. I cannot, for the life of me, envisage how a mother can look at their child and think they are bad luck. Yet, this is exactly what happens in some cultures.

In the Chinese culture for example, boys are deemed the carriers of the family name. In some families, these boys are treated like kings whilst the girls are treated with disdain and scorn. For what? For something as intangible as carrying a surname?

Women are almost always considered lower than a man. Why is it so? Women these days carry so many titles, e.g. daughter, wife, mother, employee. We work in the day, yet when we go home, we start a new shift caring for our families. Our work is never complete amidst all the sacrifices.

For all that women have done, surely a little respect is not too much to ask for.

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