About one month to go is our final exam and finally can go back to Bintulu. Yeah…. Nothing much to say this time but just wanna share one of my reflections for my Moral project. Enjoy!!
Articles: A Society That Demeans Women
Provided by: Steward Baba
Source: The Star, Friday, 14 March 2008
Harassment is defined as the act of systematic and/or continued unwanted and annoying actions of one party or a group, including threats and demands. The purposes may vary, including racial prejudice, personal malice, and an attempt to force someone to quit a job or grant sexual favors, apply illegal pressure to collect a bill, or merely gain sadistic pleasure from making someone fearful or anxious. Such activities may be the basis for a lawsuit if due to discrimination based on race or sex, a violation on the statutory limitations on collection agencies, involve revenge by an ex-spouse, or be shown to be a form of blackmail ("I'll stop bothering you, if you'll go to bed with me"). The victim may file a petition for a "stay away" (restraining) order, intended to prevent contact by the offensive party. A systematic pattern of harassment by an employee against another worker may subject the employer to a lawsuit for failure to protect the worker. Nowadays, harassment among the women has been a very common issue that seems to be never each the end.
The main reason why harassment among women occurs is due to discrimination. Women are degraded by men who think that they are better than them. They are treated as second class where most of their wants and desires are restrained. Women are used as objects which can be traded as they want to. Typically, women are used as sex objects for men to plead their pleasure. You see, how “rational” are the men today serve the women? I thought what happened in the past will not be repeated in these civilized days. I am scared that I am totally wrong. I mean, refer back to history of Islamic country back to Mecca. (Gosh, I am talking about History here. I don’t include this quote in my project, mind you!) Before the introduction of Islam by the Prophet Muhammad, the society at that time lived aimlessly and believed in superstition. Worse, they degraded women seriously. They killed the newly-born baby girls as they thought girls were the black sheep of the family and only bring embarrassment. Rather than raising them up, the society at that time chose to put their lives to an end. Luckily, with the proper guidance and wise leadership of Prophet Muhammad, all these practice have finally put into rest. Nevertheless, when the media reports the molested girls, raped women, sexually abused wives, and harassed female workers, apparently, we are going back to that uncivilized era again.
Now I understand why there is an act that has been set up to protect the women. It’s not that the women are too weak and helpless in defending themselves. It’s just a human nature that they need legal enforcement in preventing, no; it should be minimizing the men from abusing the women at their whim and fancy. At least they will be facing charges if they really cannot control their lust, desires and sensations. So, the men should not be complaining for the absentee of rules or act to defend themselves because the foundation of the women’s act because of the men themselves.
As a conclusion, women are being protected under act and regulations prior to men abuse on them. Plus, a society that demeans women which give the pressure to the women’s lives really need a support to hang on to survive in this harsh world, the world that we have altered after God creates it beautifully in the first place for human being live in. Sadly, people tend to sin and makes the world like a horrible for us.
p/s When is Women Day by the way??