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A gender/culture perspective in our society

A gender/culture perspective in our society

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Interview with Mr. F.Muhammad on Gender/culture by Ms. Ammaara Uddeen
Questioner: Mr. Muhammad, today there aremuch talks about women liberation andemancipation. Would you consider this a ‘sham’or simply an outburst/outcome of the maledominance in the past?
Oh! [smile]. Well, this question certainly needs agood and objective reflection. As a man, I may nothave pondered upon the inward sufferance owomen in general, be it in the past or actually.However, I do believe that these congress oconferences and marches have contributed largelyfor the liberation of womens entrapment andenslavement. Nevertheless, this situation cannot beattributed unjustly to men. The latter is a victim of the society in which he lives in just as those womenwho are struggling for justice. According to me, if you don’t mind, the real question should be: who isresponsible from the very beginning for this societystructure that has raised man against woman andvice versa.
 
Questioner: Then according to you, are womenright to fight for their rights?
Definitely. But they have to understandfundamental issues about the nature of man andwoman before indulging in any fight. Maturity andobjectivity are important cues for the success of our endeavors since men and women are different…
Questioner: What do you mean by different? Doyou consider them to be equal or not?
Different in nature. Equal in rights. If we observea woman’s body, for instance, it has been created insuch a way that she can conceive and give birth to achild. Later, she can breastfeed her baby if she feelslike it. Can fighting change that? No. Let’s takeanother point. Women menstruate and during this period they are mentally and morally affected if not physically. Furthermore, they have four differenthumors within a month which are according to their hormones whereas men are stable and by nature are physically stronger. I am not talking aboutexceptions.
Questioner: Today women in several parts of theworld can take jobs as well as men. They act like
 
man: standing in the bus, are drivers or ticketreceivers, technicians, pilots…What are yourviews?
[smile]. These are exceptions! Can every woman, pregnant or not, proudly stand in the bus? But allmen can. Can every woman be driver or ticketreceiver? But all man can. What I want to point outis that there is no need to fight about such unfertileissues. Differences exist between men and women because they bring compatibility else there wouldhave been total boredom. Do you imagine a whole population in trousers and shirts and everybodydoing only men’s jobs?
Questioner: Mauritius is a multi-racial and multireligious society. It is also a fast moving society interms of cultures, values, behaviors and attitudes.Is this change alarming or is this simply a naturaloutcome of modernization which we shouldpeacefully accept?
Well, it depends on people’s perception of life. Icannot answer for each and every individual.However, change is inevitable. Time and spacechange the context of things. People need to live

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