Feb 3, 2017
SOME ancient Chinese tribes considered
small feet to be a yardstick for measuring women’s beauty. That is why custom
demanded that the feet of young girls be painfully bound in order to change the
shape of their feet. Over time, this caused harm to women who had to shuffle
when they walked. Most women could not walk alone and needed their husbands to
support them so that they would not fall.
Anthropologically speaking, many cultures
have treated women differently and have put shackles on them. For example,
women in some parts of Africa were only allowed to eat raw uncooked meat. No vegetables
or any type of grains were allowed. As a result, it is said that they became
ferocious like tigers and that men were afraid of them.
Women in Saudi culture have also faced
obstacles and continue to do so. These obstacles have made women dependent on
men. Every Saudi man has two jobs, one for which he gets paid a monthly salary
and the second involves providing for his wife, driving her around, etc.
Because of local traditions, a woman’s innate ability to produce and be
independent has not been utilized.
Without a man, a woman in Saudi Arabia
cannot go alone to buy groceries. Ours is the only culture in which men spend
most of their time performing the tasks women should be doing. This is because
women have been shackled by traditions. One day, we will discover that more
Saudi women suffer from depression than men and that one out of every three
married women takes anti-depressant tablets.
A large number of Saudi women are obese
because they sit for hours and do not go out due to social traditions that
prevent them from doing so. Some women have been living in neighbourhoods for
years but do not know their way around the area or the names of streets.
Moreover, studies conclusively show that
Saudi women suffer from vitamin D deficiency, which is thought to be a cause of
autism in children. This is really strange, given that our climate is hot and
sunlight is the main source of vitamin D.