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Is this what we want?

Michael BURKE

Thursday, March 27, 2014    

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THERE was a time when women were oppressed just about everywhere in the world. Today, women can vote and this has been so from 1919 in England and has been completely so from 1920 in the United States of America (some states having women's suffrage before this date).

Then, in the Second World War, when the men went to the front line of the battle, the women had to do all the jobs that the men previously did. When the men came back for their jobs in Europe and in the USA it was difficult to get the jobs back. Eventually the women who preferred to be men took over. In the 1960s would come the Women's Liberation Movement.

From the days of Franklin Roosevelt, and the role that his wife Eleanor played in liberation of women in America, the so-called minority groups coalesced. This meant that the blacks, the Hispanics, the women's groups, and the gays came together on the condition that each group got 'something' in terms of their own agendas. The rest is history.

And here is the contradiction. Those who wish to preserve the natural order in gender-related matters look to the African motherland at all times, while the unnatural state of gender affairs in the West is tied into the liberation of the oppressed. Yes, many African societies are matriarchal, but the role of the men in traditional African societies is clearly defined.

In Jamaica, the greatest amount of oppression of women today is felt by domestic helpers, as they have no real bargaining power. In recent times I have heard the good news that the Jamaica Association of Household Workers was revived. But most women who speak in favour of gender equality tend to forget the large group of domestic helpers, which mainly comprises of women. The issue of women's rights is in the news because Senator Imani Duncan-Price spoke in the Senate in favour of gender quotas. She believes that the time is well past for there to be gender quotas in Jamaica's Parliament. I can understand the need for quotas in countries where women have no say in anything.

But is this true of Jamaica where the prime minister, the chief justice, the director of public prosecutions, and several other high-ranking people are women? In Jamaica, because of our unfortunate history, women are both mothers and fathers in families and they command a respect as mothers that is perhaps not equalled anywhere in the world.

In any case, should women's rights be so exaggerated to the point that Jamaica looks, in human terms, like Sodom and Gomorrah before the destruction? Already this is the scenario in New Kingston at nights. Should a woman need to act like a man to be recognised? The Blessed Virgin Mary was great because she said "yes" to the Lord. The Roman Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation this past Tuesday. On that day, the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would conceive a son.

Blessed Pope John Paul II wrote that, as important as gender equality and equal opportunity might be, we should be careful that we do not to take away the differences between men and women. I am convinced that the pre-occupation with the relatively few paedophile priests, in recent years, was really a distraction so that others outside of the Roman Catholic Church could expand their perversion.

Look at the women footballers with more muscles than weightlifting men. When I was a child, women police dealt with women crimes. Today, they do the rough work among men criminals and many of them actually look like men. The police could well advertise for women police recruits by writing "only tomboys or 'man-royals' need apply".

Some women with lesbian tendencies will say that I feel threatened, and they are right. Indeed, if men do not feel threatened by what is happening, then something would be wrong. In any event, when I see the amount of muscles on a woman who has gone out of her way to be excessive in physique I feel more sickened than threatened.

I do not judge anyone, and I do not condemn homosexuals, but they should not be allowed to flaunt their lifestyle. I believe there should be a law to stop the unnatural acts of masculinising our girls and feminising our boys.

When the women act and dress like men, it means that more men's clothing will be made. When the men act like women, it means more earrings, lipstick, and more women's clothing. True, this means more employment and more 'dollars will run', but is this what we want? Is this a part of Vision 2030?

It was only last week that a taxi driver told me that he previously worked at a bauxite company and was shocked at meal time in the canteen when the workers took off their helmets. Most of them were women. Is this what we want? Can a natural man be attracted to a woman who looks and acts like a man?

Must equality be so construed that men cannot even meet as an association? Why is it that it is perfectly all right for women to meet as an association, but never the men? While it is not yet at this stage it certainly seems to be heading in this direction. Men have a need to meet as men, so more men will take to the bars and to men's groups that are frowned upon by some.

Are we to be told that we better wake up and smell the coffee, and that we must 'come into the 21st century' and simply accept this state of affairs? Do we all have to accept this just because we are in the 21st century?

Eight years ago, in 2006, I composed the tune Man fi look like man. The fact that only Mutabaruka plays it speaks volumes of the electronic media. You might say that not every one got a copy of the soundtrack, but if they were interested they would have found a way to do so.

ekrubm765@yahoo.com

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