Coses que pasen, Curiositats/Funny things

Not all bitches and pussies are animals but all women are human beings

arabic-book-learn-englishI’m spending some time in Damascus improving my skills in the arabic language and in the hostel where I’m staying the kurdish boy with whom I spend evenings playing chess and baggamon kindly offered me to have a look at his study books, with which he is learning english.

It is not of much use because the book is thought for those who speak arabic and want to learn english but to be polite I was going though its pages and by curiosity ended up checking the different word categories. To my surprise in the cathegory “animals”, which was far from being comprehensive, there were three special animals: kid, bitch and pussy. I know they all happen to be animals but this is not the first thing that comes in mind when you read these words…

My first reaction was to laugh at it but then I thought about how single women or even those women going without partner are regarded in the some parts of the muslim world but also in places in Europe, such as Brussels.

pussy-bitch-kidI linked this to the several complaints from my girlfriend that every time she goes for a run in the park in Brussels she is called names and yelled at by some teenagers and grown ups from second or third generation marrocan or algerian belgians. Why is it that girls can not go for a run in the park in cities like Brussels without being harassed or yelled at?

I don’t think that looking down on women is something they are taught in the european schools or see in western media… if some of them regard women walking on their own as prostitutes is because either at home or in books they are told that men are superior to women and have the right to misstreat them.

I see this book that qualifies “bitches, kids and pussies” as animals, when their mainstream meaning is another one, as just a sad coincidence but can give a hint to undertand why this denigrating attitude towards a very important part of the population continues to happen.

If from the west we want to stop these kind of attitudes and behaviours from these young people I”m convinced that it is vital to analyse how, where and what they learn in order to act on the root of the problem.

As for Brussels the solution is not to infest parks with policemen but rather focusing on the real integration of these young europeans and the communes should have programs targeting these especific problems. Otherwise we can expect nothing less than a raise in racism and social fragmentation in our society.

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