Beauty Pageants say that it’s 50% beauty and 50% brains. Well, I say that it’s more like 50% beauty, 40% bias and 10% brains, an overall 100% bullshit.
A peak on women’s life.
Imagine how it would feel to be a woman working in mine field full of men. A batallion of men who waste their time and energy harassing their female co-workers. Can you go on with your life if every single day, men see you as a whore, a toy or a slut? How can you stay strong when even your family cannot believe a word you say? How could you hold on when your children hates you for your guts and believe what other people say about you? What would you do when your friends cannot stand up for you because they are too afraid of what these men can do to get even? Would you stand there, be quiet and let it all go? Or would you be brave enough to stand up for what you know is right and true?
To be a girl and watch a movie like North country, is just too depressing. It is based on a true story about a group of women fighting for their rights. It shows us how unfair it was for women before certain laws could protect them. It will tell us that being a woman is not easy like what most men think. This movie will open our eyes and make us realize how much women can suffer in the hands of men.
The good thing is that, even if the movie shows the bad side of men, it also guarantees us that there are still select few who are otherwise. That some men can lower their pride and help women who are abused and taken for granted. It does not tell us that all men are evil. The movie teaches us that not all people are the same. Some will go their way just to help when they know that it’s the right thing to do.
On how women are treated today.
Women nowadays, think that they have already escaped from the imprisonment caused by the overly patriarchal society. Now that we have plenty more privileges compared to women back them, we asume that we are free from society’s ropes. Oh how wrong we must be. Today, just because we have a say on political, educational, spiritual and any other matters of the world, we are fooled into thinking that we are of equal stature as men. This is very much untrue. If we take a closer look at the society today, we find that majority of women are still held back. How? Well there are a lot of ways.
Most obvious is that how most women are too obsessed in being “beautiful”. Now, I am not saying that it’s wrong to be beautiful, but a lot of people think that we have to change in order to satisfy the so-called “standards of beauty”. Women are trying everything just to be stick-thin, fair, flawless and all that just because that is what the media shows as “beautiful”. What happened to natural beauty? Do we really have to be covered in those thick layers of make-up? Why can’t we just be ourselves and let others see who we are, for real?
Another problem that women overlook now is that we are being used as objects of pleasure. Ever wonder why every car, cigarette, alcohol, condom and other commercial always flaunt their sexy and sensual models? It’s because some of the people still think that we’re as good as sex toys, used for men’s pleasure. Of course, a lot of the male population would disagree saying that it’s just for promotional features, but they are exactly right. Women are used to sell these thing, letting them abuse us.
And lastly, there are still signs of inequality and sexism evident in the media. Mothers washing the dishes while the family are doing other stuff. Women washing piles of dirty clothes, scrubbing the dirty floor, and all sorts of commercial showing that these are the typical jobs for women. My God. Isn’t that awful? Aren’t we capable of things other than that?
You see, this is a very bothering issue. But of course, as long as we are in a patriarchal society, we won’t have much to do against it. I just hope that women would see and understand how big this is. I am still hoping for a change, that maybe one day, men and women will be equals. It’s not impossible. Nothing is impossible.