Let's survey the wider issue of the plight of women worldwide - especially those in the West. Many bits and pieces are not easily available in the international news media. Some you discover tucked in the nooks and crannies of the national papers, the local provincial rags or magazines and journals.
Here is some of the material I've collected in my magpie's nest.
On Jewish women and get.
So, they are also subjected to 'gantung tidak bertali' - like the 'oppressed' women of Islam!
On Rape in Universities
The NST (11 June 2011) reported on a National Union of Students poll of 1,500 women students where 17% of the respondents (one in six) had been victims of rape, 12% of attempted rape by, in most cases friends and acquaintances. Did this occur in some backward, despotic banana republic?
It happens to have occurred in Australia, one of the "beacons" of female emancipation. So Malaysian parents, take heed about sending your daughters to Australian Universities. If the situation had been reversed, I'd give Australian parents the same caution.
Women's Body Parts
Mrs Obama is a highly regarded and successful lawyer in her own right. But national British papers like the Sunday Telegraph (9 May 2009) are mainly interested in her 'exceptionally toned upper arms"
Anne Elliot, the heroine of Jane Austen's "Persuasion" puts it to Captain Harville, 'All the privilege I claim for my own sex (it is not a very enviable one, you need not covet it) is that of loving longest, when existence or hope is gone.'
So what do women want today? Long-lasting and Selfless Love, a la Anne Elliot? Nyaah! Most want 'Angelina Jolie's pillow lips, and J-Lo's derriere' and Lady Gaga's lifestyle.
It seems that in Brazil, the plastic surgery industry provides not only nose and breast jobs. They will remove ribs to tuck in the waist, insert implants for a fullsome backside. As for liposuction - it's a common every day service. But they do provide a welfare service. Once a year a famous plastic surgeon offers free operations to the poor. Now, that's what you call equality.
The Protection of Women and Children in Britain
- I copied the words in the above notice when the spouse was going for his scan at Leicester's General Hospital. Note the low age limit of pregnancy. But don't be surprised. A workmate of mine was very proud of being a great grandmother when her granddaughter had a baby at the age of 12.
- The system attributes women's 'self-destructive' habits to Depression. To me this is more of a 'chicken and egg' situation. Which comes first?
And as for Malaysia....
I have no training in Hermeneutics. As far as I'm aware, of all the world's major religions, Islam especially has granted women the right to be treated as equal human beings with men, as a partner in this life. They have been created with a soul - just as men have. Men and women have mutual rights and responsibilities.
Last Sunday I was watching a woman's programme on RTM 1 about the impact of the OWC on the place of Muslim women in a marriage. I must admit I could not bear to watch much of it.
When the Datuk/Dato Ustad was asked about how women should deal with a husband who plonks a second wife into the marriage, the answer given, in gist, was ' be patient' with the situation. If you cannot find happiness in the marriage, you can look forward to a place in Heaven for being forbearing.
Heaven help such women.
There's a Malay saying : Dibuat kerana Allah, menjadi kerana olah. (Done for God, but it becomes a dodge.)
Help! I feel like looking for a 'tempurung' (coconut shell) to hide under.