Gender roles as an obstacle to women's ability

Mba Madapeu
Posted September 3, 2017 from Cameroon

I heard an announcement in cameroon by an entertaining industry..casting for role of a truck driver and a gate man. ..since I got the talent I decided to apply..when I arrived at the casting. .I was very pissed off with what I was told .."madam sorry, a woman can take the role of a truck driver or a gateman",oh lord, what has my sex got to do with my talent? Why is it that in a movie a woman can't be a gateman, mortuary attendent, a truck pusher?what is all this ..I got the talent to take those roles,just to be disqualified because of my sex...what is all this discrimination about? Why all the assumption when it concerns women?

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Janet Evans
Sep 03, 2017
Sep 03, 2017

Hi Mba Madpeu, I am reading a book called Half The Sky. It is about opportunity for women. Most of our frustrations with equal opportunity stem from history. We have lived in patriarchal societies for eons. I understand your frustrations and would like to encourage you to keep showing up and applying for those positions that would benefit you economically.  Perseverance and self determination take courage. Don't let 1 no deter you from trying again. Water wears down rock. Let your own will determine your future. Sincerely, Janet

Mba Madapeu
Sep 03, 2017
Sep 03, 2017

Thank u,jle..as a young  feminist I deal with women's  experience  and issues. .I share their stories  to deconstruct  the minds of men and women  in the society..I am  a radical  feminist.  .I don't  negotiate  in the  face of  oppression...they change will come. .I will not loose my enthusiasm..

jlanghus
Sep 04, 2017
Sep 04, 2017

Janet...I love Half the Sky. I read it when it first came out and it literally changed my life. Have you read A Path Appears and watched both of the PBS specials that correspond to the books? I learned about WP from Half the Sky and started following it at that time, too.

Janet Evans
Sep 04, 2017
Sep 04, 2017

Hi Jlanghus, No I have not read A Path Appears, but the title sounds like my life experiences. I love PBS, but I do not have a TV right now. My mission is to legalize cannabis in all 50 United States + territories. Presently, I want to move west to open up the east. California has had legal medical cannabis since at least 1995. Have you ever read the novel The Joy Luck Club? Moving west to open up the east is a mahjong strategy.  Not sure of the  spelling on that, but it is a game played by the Chinese. I get spiritual help with my path, but that sure can come in profoundly, numerous ways. Sincerely, Janet

jlanghus
Sep 05, 2017
Sep 05, 2017

Hi there. A Path Appears is good, but not as good as Half the Sky, in my opinion. It's more of a guide on what works for a NGO and what doesn't work and different approaches and successes for them. That sounds like a good mission there. I wish hemp was being used more, too, worldwide rather than deforestation since it's way more sustainable. Hopefully we'll get there sooner rather than later. I lived in CA for 13 years and my neighbor was a legal marijuana dispenser. I read the Joy Luck Club, but I don't remember that much about it. We all get help on spiritual path, but we just to be open to it:) Good luck with your mission. I hope that you write some stories about your mission and progress...:)

Janet Evans
Sep 05, 2017
Sep 05, 2017

Hi back jlanghus, right now, I am working on breaking the stigma against cannabis and the silence in our society about it being an herbal medicine. Doctors and nurses are now being trained to prescribe, but we need more to speak out. Even dentists should be being educated. The endocannibinoid system in everyone's body is made to be activated by this most holy herb. Once the stigma is lifted about marijuana, the word "cannabis" will be used.  I thank God for scientific research on this herb. It has been maligned for far too long. Sincerely, Janet

jlanghus
Sep 05, 2017
Sep 05, 2017

Yes, well, I can understand that. People are more inclined to trust the health industry and big pharma than centuries of traditional medicine, including cannabis. Good to hear/know that doctors and nurses are being trained to prescribe it as I know there are numerous health benefits associated with it. Hadn't thought about dentists, though. That's interesting. How are you going about breaking the stigma?

Janet Evans
Sep 03, 2017
Sep 03, 2017

Yes, I am considered radical in many ways as well. It takes extremism to promote change in society. Although you may think I live where change has already happened, the US, I too encounter oppression. Thank you for your response. To learn something new, I am looking up your flag. Sincerely, jle

bridggyella
Sep 04, 2017
Sep 04, 2017

Hello Mba,

Welcome to World Pule Community. 

It is sad how society place women. Society sees female as misfit to a number of roles they term "for men alone" This oppression is becoming alarming.

Times are changing real fast. But I admire the drive women have now a days, they push harder to do more than the men can handle in related fields. The change will come sooner than we think. 

Thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading more from you.

cheers.

Bridggyella

Mba Madapeu
Sep 05, 2017
Sep 05, 2017

Thanks  you my dear...as a young  feminist. ..I gather  women's  experience  and share  it to the  society...it is  a tough  struggle but we shall get there. .equity  for all.

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