Just a few days back there was an urgent issue in which I had to be at my supplier's place from morning until 8pm. And yeah, people tend to treat me differently just because i am a female in the workforce. Here are some of the questions i received on that day....
SupplierMarketing Mgr: Eh Szelin, you drove ar? How come you drove and not your two (male) colleagues?
Why the hell did I buy a car then if i wasn't gonna drive it? Oh, i guess they just assume that i'm a female and a lousy driver or just wouldnt drive because most women leave the driving to their husbands or boyfriends.
Colleague: Eh Szelin, are you sure you can stayback until so late? You need to go home and paktoh or dating ke? Masak ke? Your bf/husband mind or not??
Szelin: How come you asked me and not the other (male) colleague????
Oh, so it's macho for men to stay back for work issues, but not women because we are supposed to go home and cook, or that women just dont make work a priority (ohno, not like men do).
I read in the papers yesterday about gender inequality in Malaysia, how women are still disregarded in the workforce, the stay-at-home-make-babies mentality has not changed much in Malaysia. Perhaps it's because some women do make 'home' a priority. Nothing wrong with that. But i know some men who also make 'home' a priority. So why only women get ejek-ed?