Gender bias follows us everywhere we go even in this virtual world. I got a valuable comment from a “male” well wisher that my blog should only contain stuff related to women.
I asked “what do u mean by women stuff”.
He said “stuff like clothes, recipes, kids etc”. (It left me speechless for a moment).
That gave him enough time to go to his next question which was “Why do you include technology posts about computers etc?”
Now I had a counter point here, I said “Why do I write a blog then?”
That did not convince him and he continued “No, you should put things women will search on net. Because a housewife will be disappointed after she visits your site”
I tried to stay calm “Disappointed! I do not think technology is for men only. I love to use a laptop which is like my best friend and is one of my most valued possessions. Ok, i don’t have an iPhone or a Blackberry but would love to explore one when I get a chance to hold it ) (Some of my friends have them!).”
He did not give up even then and said “why do you have cars on your site then?”
I could not stop smiling J. He seemed confused and said “I only meant to guide you in your best interest”
I said “thank you” and we parted.
This conversation left many questions in my mind. I am no feminist by any means but why can’t women have interests like nature, cars (I drive a car all day long but cannot have interest in latest cars!), science, technology, adventure, games and many more. Is this the mentality of an eastern man or men in general?
Being a woman and a human I do have freedom to add on my blog what really interests me. Allah made this whole wide world for all (including women) to live, explore, enjoy and ponder upon. Our Kind and Just Creator did not make any divisions in his resouces.
This random scribbling gave me some satisfaction.