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Changing trends... Socially

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  • On:Tuesday, June 26, 2007 12:29:35 AM
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    Over the past 8 years that I've been living here in the US, I was fortunate enough to see specific trends and see them change over time. One of the most apparent was in services. For the best part. If I order any in-hose work I would expect to see a man (or more) at my doorstep with a huge tool belt and a big bag filled with tools! But for the past couple months I'm seeing a complete shift in who's showing up, Professionally dressed women are showing up, with a friendly smile. Which knocks a bell in the back of my head, would this ever happen in Jordan?

    This is one major win for the woman's rights. The ability to actually get jobs that has them physically enter the premises of people requesting the service. But this doesn't come free, it has it's own of risks

    For starters, you never know the kind of people you're going to find in there. They might be friendly. But some might be violent and aggressive and might take this opportunity to attempt and take advantage of the service lady.

    But it seems that it doesn't stop many women from actually going there. And doing a good job.

    Historically, most of the people coming over to do the job have had mediocre training and skills. I know, because for the most part I always had to "clean up" after them. Tying all the loose ends, and making sure everything is on par with what I expect from the service.

    With the new change, I noticed that the level of quality is still the same (which is a good thing) it doesn't matter what the gender of the person rendering the service is. They will do a poor job anyway.

    Frankly, I feel more comfortable with a lady accessing my house than a man. And I'm sure the many people especially, single women, and families would feel at ease when a lady comes to their home. Compared to scary middle-aged man who may or may not be nice.

    So far, the Pizza delivery, the DSL installation, the Satellite have all been handled by women. And I have to add with acceptable results. So I don't really have anything to complain about.

    Now comes the amazing contrast with the culture in Jordan. Would women do such jobs? Would husbands/families allow their wives/daughters to work in such jobs? I think not. I doubt we're even close. Worse yet, would people understand that this is a person showing up to provide a professional service (not a personal favor) and let them work!? How long is it going to be before societies in the Arab world are going to change their mentalities?

    -I'm not holding my breath

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    "This is one major win for the woman's rights."
    How is that a major win if they are being used for the sex appeal?

    In Jordan, and other Arab countries, we are changing. females have been hired as Traffic enforcement officers for years now. they even ride motorcycles to do the job. thats a big change!
    This kind of a job is more of hassle ( and potential danger) than its worth, I don't think any woman would like to do it unless she really needed the job !

    O and this has nothing to do with women rights.
    Where exactly did you get the "sex appeal" from? Yeah, I guess a lady climbing up a ladder 40' in the air is very sexy!
    Tamara, actually, it does. In the past, a woman wasn't even able or had the option to apply for these jobs. These were completely dominated by men
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    • kinzi
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    • On: 6/26/2007 8:39:20 AM
    Wow, that surprises me but I guess it shouldn't. I can surely say I would never take a job that required me to be in the home of someone I didn't know alone.

    Khalidah's dad shocked us with an interesting statement, that according to gender equality, even with all this change, it is still a medieval (sp?) mindset that will take hundreds of years to change.

    Hey Q, where's that email? :)
    That is good news. It doesn't really matter the gender of the person giving the service as long as they maintain the same quality. It is just good to see new job opportunities opened to women who don't mind doing it.

    I don't think it would took time to adapt it here as well. Our society have really changed in the past couple of years. Most of the changes happened in our subconsious where we are still not aware of its implications.
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    • Emily
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    • On: 6/26/2007 2:24:01 PM
    As a single woman living alone, I like it when other women come to do service jobs. Instinctively, I trust them a bit more. They might also go through self-protection training that would help out in a situation where they might be approached AND let's face it- women tend to have very good intuition; if their gut feeling is that a place is not safe, then they might very well call the company and have a man sent.
    Kinzi
    I thought you're going to pick it form my blog ... :) You know which one, the ten commandments one

    The Observer
    I agree with you, when providing bad service the gender doesn't really matter :) [I swear they're equally as bad]
    I know the Jordanian society has changed considerably. but I doubt this will happen anytime soon. But I like your optimism about it ... maybe that's all it needs. More faith in the society

    Emily
    And I completely agree. I feel more comfortable with a woman coming to my household than a man. In worst case I can fight her off. But two guys, with tool belts? I would assume many single women and families would prefer a woman also.
    I like what the law enforcement have done. They partner two officers (male and female) to handle domestic violence cases (at least this is the case around here) and in such a situation. The female officer will be better equipped to handle the ladies and children (who would naturally be afraid of the male cop)

    Whisperer....
    Did you really mean to keep that as a whisper?! I find it great. And I too am proud to be a member of a family with a working mother and couple of working sisters. There's no shame in that. Would I accept or feel comfortable if they decide to go and work in private homes. Of course not
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