How has the Changing Roles of Females Changed the Male Identity Name?
The role of the traditional woman in most parts of the world was confined to the home where they took charge of housekeeping and child nurturing. In the modern world, these roles have changed as more women are now empowered through education. This has enabled them to compete and even take positions that were traditionally left for the men in the society. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the situation is not so different from that experienced in other parts of the world. The modern age has brought changes like the feminist movements that demand for equal opportunities for women, and the economic reforms that have given women the platform to pursue careers aside from their traditional role as homemakers. The Arab masculinity symbols associated with the man ass expressed in their bravery in defending their community and their family is no longer valid. Children have lived to see their fathers’ failures in defending them during times of war since they watched them being beaten by settlers or soldiers. Women have gained power equivalent to men ad this has somewhat led to the changing male identity. This paper seeks insight on how the changing roles of women have changed the male identity.
The female roles have been changing over the years due to a number of reasons. First of all, the Arab women have for a long time experienced loneliness due to limited exposure as they struggle with their ‘perfectly normal lives’. Even though some of them have gone through schooling, the confinement to their homes has reduced them to a level where they can be considered to be illiterate. Additionally, their ability to express themselves is also limited since such a setting does not give them room to perfect their verbal expression. For instance, Nabiha who is a 40 year old woman, has lost the ability to express herself eloquently after her mother passed on since she had no one else to talk to. It is this kind of loneliness that is pushing women to the outside world to pursue other interests with the hope that they will make people listen to them. Even when a woman goes to school and comes back home, there is no value that she adds to herself or her family since she is only there to be seen and not heard. Thus, their numerous years of hard work go to waste since they cannot apply the concepts learnt within the confines of their homes.
Secondly, the traditional roles which have made women to be highly responsible by keeping their household in order through the numerous errands has also opened their eyes to the challenges that they can put themselves to. Even though the women play their part like it is expected of them, the men fail to deliver and this strains the women to the point where they become seriously depressed. For instance, in the case of Nabiha, the entire family lived in abject poverty since the father who was the breadwinner does not earn enough to provide for them adequately. On the other hand, his two brothers who are expected to work and assist the father in fending for the family are drug addicts who are either starting trouble or serving jail terms. Such situations push the women to pursue careers so that they can adequately support their families.
Women are also changing their roles so as to escape from the undercover life that they are forced to live while in their parents care. Most off the time, these women are oppressed through tight control, sporadic physical violence and threats, and being put down constantly. The married ones have to bear with their abusive and mean husbands. Thus, when these women get an opportunity to go to school and better themselves, they use the opportunity to fight for their freedom by ensuring that they work hard and get jobs that can sustain them without relying on outside help from men. For instance, Naila, a 35 year old woman who was born and raised in the village left for university and never returned to her native village. She had to lie for a year and a half that she was still enrolled in school so as to avoid going back home. At some point she opted for marriage and this made her life even worse. It is this sense of freedom and independence that Arab women crave for and this forces them to embrace new roles different from the norm.
The government of UAE has also played an important role in the improvement of the roles played by women in the recent past. This made the country to be a leader in the championing of women rights in all the Arab countries. The opportunities for women outside their homes and families were very few especially before the discovery of oil in 1960. The constitution guarantees equality for women on par with men in areas like education, title claims, and legal positions. The country’s leaders have played key roles in promoting the participation of women in all societal activities in a bid to ensure that the country’s human resources are used in an optimal manner. The women associations that were operating in the country were also merged so as to ensure that they penetrate and reach more people so ass to provide more services to women. All these have contributed to the changing roles of women in the UAE.
The changing roles of women in the Arab societies have to a great extent led to stronger bonds between the fathers and their daughters. Fathers have now found reason to take their daughters through school. This was very rare in the past since the males were given preference over their female counterparts. According to the UAE law, there is no age limit to which a father can sponsor their unmarried daughter. Thus, the daughters tend to live in the fathers home up to the time that she finally gets married. With the new wave of women empowerment, the fathers are now sponsoring their daughters through school which sees them take positions that were traditionally dominated by the men. The bond between the father and the daughter grows since he has to be there for her financially, morally, and emotionally throughout their journey to becoming empowered citizens.
The new roles have also made the fathers to be more overprotective of their daughters. Traditionally, the daughters would stay home and learn from their mothers the art of managing their household and taking care of their families. The women were mostly seen and never heard since their contribution in conversations on important matters in the homes was never considered. As more girl are leaving their homes to pursue education and other related interests, the fathers are left worried as they do not trust that a girl can adequately take care of herself in a world where they know very few people. It is also hard for them to accept the fact that their daughters can compete and win debates against their male counterparts. The fear of the unknown thus compels them to be in constant communication with their children and this leads to the development of strong bonds. The fathers are also compelled to visit these daughters from time to time just to ensure that they are holding on well. It is interesting to note that fathers in the modern UAE can actually boast about their daughters’ achievements and even ask for their opinion in the events where they have to make important decisions for their families. Additionally, they also take their time to help them look for schools abroad and fully support them throughout their stay in these institutions.
Generally, the traditional roles of the women in the UAE have gone through changes over the years and this has greatly changed the male identity. Children no longer consider their parents as the sole protectors of their homes since they have seen them get beaten at some points which really made them look like incapable men. Additionally, they have also seen their mothers take charge of their families and fully provide for them especially when they have to go through a divorce and the mother is left to raise the children singlehandedly. The women have been pushed into competing with their male counterparts mainly because they yearn for the freedom that comes with living outside their homes in the free world. Most of them live in homes where they are abused and even when they opt for marriage, they still have to live with mean and abusive husbands. The government has also contributed to the empowerment of women by creating more career options that attract women and championing for their inclusion in administrative and leadership roles. The changing roles of women have also created stronger bonds between the fathers and their daughters by changing the manner in which these parents viewed them.