Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Post 9/11 Classroom--Embrace Diversity!



Many Americans have disdain for Arab society because they see the society as patriarchal and male-dominated. (Due to influences from other cultures, however, this description is rapidly changing.) The male has dominance over the women and children in his family and this dominance extends into the institutions of their society. Some ridicule the garments of the women, saying they look like ‘black lumps’ walking down the street. While many of us hold disdain for this patriarchal point of view, many Arab women say they prefer a male-dominated society, saying that the society and the garments offer them ‘protection’. Americans generally see the women as helpless, but there is a report on the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia website that states that the Arab patriarchal society: “does not imply that women are totally powerless or totally deprived of rights” (2001).

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