Yes, I asked the question of the tittle to myself when I heard views of somebody on women. Somebody, who is educated and works at a good position in an organization. We were having a general conversation about this one girl we knew who was leaving her job since she was getting married someplace else.
And this is what he said. ‘You know that’s why I don’t think women should be educated. The women these days take half of the seats in schools, high end colleges and jobs. And at the end what do they do? They leave their high paying jobs. Isn’t that the sheer waste of seats? First, in schools and colleges and then in jobs as well? I mean, had there been a guy in her place, who would have studied in that good college and gotten himself a job that she landed on, he would have continued the job. He would be taking care of an entire family.’
Logic told me to argue and say that if that girl was leaving a job here, she would take up the job somewhere else too. It’s not that she has wasted entire education of hers. And even if she decides to quit, that cannot be a reason of depriving her of the education. I thought I should tell him about what difference a woman can make in the family if she is educated even though she would not go out and work.
But then sanity took over me and I kept mum. I switched on my plastic smile mode. (the one where I am uttering expletives under my breath and my face has the most angelic smile ever. It comes with practice. Try it sometime.)
Why should I be arguing with a person who doesn’t even has his basics correct? How much difference would I make in his thinking by adding a few arguments? If he had slightest idea of the enormity of the words he was speaking, he wouldn’t be saying them.
And this is not the sole person I know. There is this other gentleman (don’t know if I can call him that) who strongly and staunchly believes that no matter how greater heights I would achieve in my career, I would always remain below my husband. And that I should even accept if my future husband hits me sometime because after all my husband would also love me and hence he has the right to even get angry at me sometimes. Weird isn’t it?
And what do you argue with such people? It rages you from inside when even the educated lot thinks like that. What could be expected from uneducated ones then?
I don’t know if the Universe is conspiring to make me meet such pea-size brained people again and again. But I tend to find them in herds. Or are they actually available in herds?
This post is written as a part of April A to Z Challenge 2014 under Non-Themed category. Themed posts for this challenge can be found here.