Jun. 18th, 2014

The discussion goes, according to "Women in Politics: Still Searching for an Equal Voice", is that "women have rarely held positions of political leadership." and that other countries like Sweden "has enjoyed gender balanced parliaments for over a decade" as if it was a privilege. The real problem isn't about how many women or men there are that runs a country or a political system, but more about the attitude that the society have towards that countries's leaders.

I personally can't care less about the hormone ratios of those running the country or whether or not they have an extra piece of unrelated organic part in between their legs. What matter is who they are as a person and how they run the place, is the candidate best suited for the position they run for? Is the candidate most qualified, that's the real values to look at, not the amount of male to female percentage that matter.

Obviously having a more sexually and racially diversified group political figures have their advantages, but like I stated before, problems are not coming from the fact that there aren't enough women politicians, but whether still evaluate them by their "looks, clothing, relationships, and the tone of their voices..." It's about time we change as a society on the way we see and value our women.

Even the media, those who influenced a great deal on how our community perceive public figures, proclaimed unfair comments and images about female politicians according to the article "recently, a Fox news commentator proclaimed Hillary Clinton was losing the male vote because of her nagging tone of voice stating." Not that Fox news were of any credible source to be taken seriously in the media world, still it proves that the attitude we have towards different gender are questionable and unethical.

Of course the truth still stands that the general perception of politic is a thing "men do" but that will change over time as more and more women prove themselves worthy of the responsibilities of the office. Albeit a long and painstaking process it shall be, much like Kim Campbell, Canada's first and only female Prime Minister once said: "..., if women are never in certain roles, then we think it's almost unnatural for them to be in those roles." But really, is gender the real qualification factor to decide whether or not someone's actually capable. If so then I have lost all hope for humanity as a whole and in the political and legislation system in specific.

However with that being said, the real problem isn't about how many women are a parliament member or the percentage of that against men, sure it is one way to slowly change the perception of female politicians but that isn't the real issue that needs addressing.


Duy Nguyen

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