21st Century Woman

Do you like being called a ‘female’ instead of a ‘woman’ or a ‘lady’? I definitely object to the term ‘female’ as a substitute for ‘woman’ as these are not interchangeable in civilized speak. From reading English historical novels, the  word ‘female’  often implies an insult. Used in certain contexts, it implies someone of low-status or caste, less than human, more like an animal. Yet, in speaking about women in general and their involvement in daily events that attract coverage by mainstream Malaysian media, the term ‘female’ is often used to describe their gender. It is even used  interchangeably with words like, ‘lady/ladies’ and ‘woman/women’. In contrast ‘male’ isn’t as often used for men. Continue reading “21st Century Woman”

Bossy… Me?

Women at work on bomber, Douglas Aircraft Comp...
Women at work on bomber, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif. (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)
USAID Human Trafficking Symposium, Sept. 16, 2...
USAID Human Trafficking Symposium, Sept. 16, 2009 — Actress and UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu spoke out against human trafficking and lauded USAID efforts to increase awareness. YouTube Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hd9xkPyGaCo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I'm Bossy
I’m Bossy (Photo credit: F.Lady)

Mothers, wives, sisters, girlfriends, women relatives and friends are very often accused of being ‘bossy’ or ‘nags’. Men, whom sons, and brothers take after, frequently use these terms in a derogatory way to put women off, or simply do so out of exasperation. Are they, in their very patriarchal mentality, justified in doing so? There is probably a reason for women to do this. Continue reading “Bossy… Me?”