Women in the Middle East
Are women dumber than men? Are men better than women? Do religions, any religion, support the idea of men's power over women? These are some of the questions that cross our minds every day. Questions about society, men women, and how are they connected to religion, tradition, and culture. However, maybe women in the Middle East tend to think more about these questions because let's face it they are lagging behind. Some would say they are not, actually personally I faced a lot of people who said that this topic is old and women in the Arabic world are completely satisfied with their social conditions. Are they really satisfied? Percentages and statistics show that women in the Middle East rank the lowest in terms of empowerment and jobs. Rubih (2010) states that "the Arab world only had 32 percent of its women in the labor force in 2005" (p. 327). The quote here is a statistic that shows how little women's participation in work in the Middle East is. These logical facts are directly in the face of people. However, there are a lot more aspects for the issue. What do people think about stereotyping about women? What are the social limits for women in the Middle East? What is the impact of being an empowered, strong, free, open-minded, and independent woman in the Arab World? Reading these strong words would confuse and scare the mind of a typical Middle Eastern person, because their mind would go to places far away from where it is supposed to go. Freedom for Middle Eastern people means going to clubs, having relationships, drinking and a lot of more twisted things. This is their idea of freedom because this is what they get from Western media and because they never really experienced freedom. However, does it mean that the Western freedom is the right freedom? Does it mean that a woman has to wear inappropriate clothes and date tons of men and do whatever she likes in order to be a free independent woman? What people are facing is the...
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