I just wanted to ask you one thing, Girls: how big is the problem of patriachalism in your country/ area, and what is your attitude towards it? Do you think that it is still too much of a burden to us, women nowadays?
In the course of centuries, women have been struggling with patriarchalism, fighting for their rights and independence - it took its peek in 70ties, after Linda Nochlin published her article: 'Why there were no famous female artists" (Don't know if you girls read that). In this article she tells us in general about male predominance over women in earlier times - whilst men would spend most of their time concquering lands, musing about astronomy, geography, painting and making wonderful discoveries, their women would take care of the household, bringing up kids and serving meals. Hardly ever did they have their say in political matters. Around 70ties, our gender started to fight for equal opportunities for women in education and employment, with various outcomes.
And how does it look like nowadays? Theoretically, we enjoy incomparably more freedom than women from the past, but we still hear loads of stories about women being mistreated/ beaten up/ humiliated by their husbands... being left to do all the housework, carrying the responsibility for their kids on their back. We're the ones who are supposed to wash up after dinner, peel potatoes or do the laundry, because this is "such a woman thing to do". I've even heard a story about a 30 year old guy who asked her wife if "he should also wash the inner side of the cup"
What I find especially disgusting is that some college students treat their female room mates (not even girlfriends, just friends) as a -free- of -charge service, asking them to make sandwiches for breakfast, or clean up the whole mess after a party because again: "This is such a female thing to do". One man tried to talk her fiancee out of studying, because he feared that she "wouldn't find enough time for housework and kids after they marry". What the F*CK?! Why should a woman limit herself to housework and maternity matters? What about our own ambitions, careers? We're as much entitled to education and career as they are!
What is your opinion, friends? Do you also feel that the problem of patriarchalism is still beleaugering our gender, enforcing unjust restrictions and limits?