Question 04. The Female Eunuch is a 1970 book by Germaine Greer, an international bestseller and an important text for feminism worldwide.
Greer’s thesis was that the “traditional” family represses women sexually, and that this devalues them, rendering them eunuchs. In a recent update to the book she said“The freedom I pleaded for twenty years ago was freedom to be a person, with dignity, integrity, nobility, passion, pride that constitute personhood. Freedom to run, shout, talk loudly and sit with your knees apart. Freedom to know and love the earth and all that swims, lies, and crawls upon it…most of the women in the world are still afraid, still hungry, still mute and loaded by religion with all kinds of fetters, masked, muzzled, mutilated and beaten”
Unfortunately, in many parts of the world this is still true.
Jawaharlal Nehru, Leader of India’s Independence movement in the 1940’s said
“You can tell the condition of a Nation by looking at the status of its Women.”
How do you feel your respective countries are supporting women to achieve their rightful place in society.
AA: The country that I was born used to ban women to go to school and encouraged them to follow their husbands without having any options or authority. Women used to not have a right to vote, involve in politics, or even work. However, since Kartini Revolution, women are allowed to go to university and have the same rights as men. Since then, we did have female presidents and governors that are as inspiring as the male ones. I think that as long as the country gives the same opportunity and rights to women, they are already supporting women to work themselves towards success.
XL: I feel education is one of the few ways to achieve the equality.
China is supporting education anyway.
WH: My ex schoolmate very recently divorced her husband who forbad her from working, he believed that a woman’s place is at home with her children. It was a shocking story to hear in 2018, in Singapore. There is much traditional gender bias to overcome in many Chinese families. The Singapore government on the other hand is supportive of equality through Education.
Question 05. Goddess
There are many Goddesses from the “classical” world
Artemis: Goddess of the wilderness, wild animals, virginity, childbirth and the hunt.
Aphrodite: Goddess of Love and Beauty.
Athena: Goddess of crafts, strategy, wisdom and war. Athena is also a virgin goddess.
Dione: An early chthonic goddess of prophesy.
Eris: Goddess of chaos.
Gaia: Primordial Goddess of the Earth.
Hecate: Goddess of sorcery, crossroads and magic.
Hera: Goddess of family and marriage.
Nike: Goddess of Victory.
Do you associate with any of the above? Reason?
DC: Honestly, they are like myths to me. And there was never any association with them. My Goddess of all time and whom I associated deeply with is my mother, a woman of substance who despite being illiterate, have taught us all the right virtues like determination, strength, courage, perseverance, humanity and always to stay focus on our goals in life. That what we achieve through our own hardwork are real treasures. She was a living example and I strived to incalculate what she has taught me in my life so that in retrospect, my children will learn the right virtues.
XJNone, I think I am the God of Cookery.
Just as the female writer Sanmao’s words in The Restaurant in the Desert: I always hate housework, but I am interested in making dishes.
WH: The goddess Wenhui.
Every woman is a goddess, Happy Goddess’ Day!
We all have our fictional heroes
Elastigirl from The Incredibles
Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell
Mei from House of Flying Daggers
Princess Leia Organa from the original Star Wars series
Selene from the Underworld series
Yu Shu Lien from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Princess Diana from Wonder Woman
Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones
Who is your fictional hero? Why?
MW: Zhenhuan from Empresses in The Palace.
She is beautiful, smart and strategy.
AA: Mulan. She is a representative of the role of ancient Chinese women in wars, which were dominated by men. She is intelligent, has a strong mind and great determination, which are the fundamental factors of success. In addition, she also cares about her family a lot, which is reflected into her decision to replace her father in the army. I admire her because she represents the sensitive side that women possess while being mentally and physically strong as the soldiers.
VC: Hua Mulan. She is brave and natural.
Lili: Nyai Ontosoroh (A fictional character from The Earth of Mankind)
She was sold by her father at fourteen as a mistress for a Dutchman. Despite her past, she quickly and enthusiastically learn counting, literacy, linguistic skills from her master. In the end, she becomes a well-educated, independent, wise woman, able to manage a whole company herself and raise two children.
*At the time of the story, female are much less educated than male. (Female didn’t go to school) Also, being a mistress means losing respect from other people. However, she manages to overcome that and she is well respected by others.
Question 07 Celebrate?
International Women’s Day was born of activism — the holiday was founded in 1910, when a German woman named Clara Zetkin proposed that every country devote a day to the needs and political demands of women. While in many countries, the holiday has taken on the sentimental status of days like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, women around the world use March 8 as an opportunity to fight for political freedom, equal pay and working rights, among other causes.
How do you think women’s day should be celebrated, if at all?
Lili: I think International Women’s and Men’s day should be celebrated together. This day should be used to fight the inequality received by both women and men. We should redefine or remove completely the traditional concept of women and men (female femininity and men masculinity)
XL: Before realizing the real equality, we have little to celebrate, but fight
WH: Yes it is important to remember how far society has come along in the recognition of women. There is an International Men’s Day too so it is very fair!
Question 08 is the traditional male dying out?
With the role of men in society evolving, and a power shift toward women at work and home, the “traditional Alpha Male” male is dying out.
Men are increasingly defined, dominated, and controlled by women
Young men who are growing up in homes where the woman is out-earning her husband, women no longer conform to traditional gender norms. There is a rising influence of the single woman who are out educating men being “out-performed” by women economically.
Do you believe this is true, if so what are the repercussions?
AA: I believe that it is not right to put men being “out-performed” by women economically. It depends on the people themselves; we could not generalize the entire gender based on the performance of fractions of people. We should respect our differences while believing that we both have the same rights and status.
XL: I do believe it is true. And it is a good thing to let the “traditional Alpha Male” dying out just like the fascist.
ZQ: I think male is still a domain power in the realistic world. Women are struggling for their rights in all aspects but women usually pay more efforts than men do.
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