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  • Gulf News
  • Published: 11:28 December 25, 2012
  • Gulf News

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A US court, this month, ruled that an employer can legally sack an employee if they find her to be too sexy. Is our society still seeped in sexism?

These are the points that will be put up to debate.

• In society, men are not being held accountable for treating women as objects or worse.

• Women are women’s biggest enemies.

• Most parents are failing to instill respectful behaviour in their sons and choose to instill fear in their daughters.

Comments (3)

  1. Added 17:02 January 1, 2013

    Very obvious

    Busari, Apapa, Nigeria

  2. Added 08:12 December 28, 2012

    I completely agree with the fact that whatever problem may ensue between the two genders, women are always held responsible with the excuse of 'not being careful'. Whatever act the man may do, the woman is held responsible - may it be the dress, the way she carries herself around or any achievement. Are women only the ones to be blamed on? Women are treated as objects and seen as merely toys to play with in the evil eyes of men. It is also true that most parents are failing to cultivate respectful behavior in their sons. It is not an uncommon scene that the parents constantly advise their daughters on how they should carry themselves. This is not to say that the parents must stop advising. My point is that instead of planting fear in their hearts, parents must encourage their girls to approach this subject in a more confident and brave way. It is much appropriate if the boys are made to learn how to behave modestly and respectfully towards a girl. A sight common to all of us is a girl walking along a street and a group of boys commenting on her and hooting and whistling while the girl clutches onto her dress or whatever she is carrying. Why? The simple reason is because a fear is instilled in the girl while the boys are free to do whatever they want only because they have not been poked or stopped from they are doing, which, thus, encouraged them to carry on with what they are doing. Parents must surely act upon these matters which requires a lot of concern.

    Afroza Khanam, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 12:22 December 26, 2012

    It is the problem exists in the society, and the responsibility rests with both genders. The visual media influence is heavily responsible for this alarming trend. The influx of satellite channels, particularly in India, needs some kind of restrictions in airing the programmes, with proper and effective censoring of programmes. A civilized society cannot anymore accept the prevailing situation whether it is in India or elsewhere, rather it requires more of a matured thinking and sensible acting towards a cultured living. Men cannot be blamed for treating women roughly. There are many factors including the lifestyle of contemporary women themselves is partly responsible for this inclination. It looks like everyone wait for the opportunity to demonstrate themselves to be prudent but conveniently ignore the fundamental of traditions. It is the responsibility of parents to impart the significance of living in their children. They elders must set examples of behavioural challenges and how they can be preserved to maintain a healthy society. At the same time, parents’ anxiety rises as their girl child grows older, but trying their best to accommodate their life more secure and rewarding. This often leads to creating panic among the parents. I strongly believe that the increasing number of unemployment among the youth is a serious concern for parents, as well as responsible governments.

    Ramachandran Nair, Ruwi, Oman

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