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LIVING                                                                            FEBRUARY 2011

 

GREEK FEMINISM..

 

I am very amused by Greek TV, not so much by the content but the presentation. It seems that to work on Greek TV, female presenters have to have blonde hair. Most of the time this is from a bottle as natural blonde hair is rare in Greece. Secondly, they have to push up their breasts with an under-wire bra, wear exceedingly high heels and skirts that just about cover their butt cheeks.

Thirdly, they must simper and coo at their male co-producers.

Greek women, it seems, dress to please their men...

 It doesn’t just apply to the television though. My daughter was recently outraged because she was not allowed to play football at school as it is considered to rough a game for a girl; are they joking? Our daughter can beat her brothers to the floor if they upset her!

 I blame the mothers! We set the standards and we are the role-models for our children .Which is why I will not encourage our daughter to wear heavy make-up at the age of 14 and neither is she allowed to adopt traditional roles at home. She is expected to clean the car and tidy the garden and likewise, the boys are expected to cook and iron their clothes.

 My mother-in-law, aged 94, seems to believe that a man has to do nothing. I recently visited her at home and she emerged from the side of the house wearing a handkerchief tied around her head and splashes of white paint on her shoes. “Sorry about my appearance” she said, “but I‘ve been painting the outside of the house.

Well good for her, I thought and I did congratulate her. Nevertheless, she does have two sons and six grown-up grandsons but perhaps her insistence on trying to do everything herself is why she has lived such a long life and in many ways, she is more of a new woman than many contemporary women. She did after all produce Mr L who is a pretty unusual Greek man. He was the one who’d minimalise our London house and he was by far the better cook ;( according to our children he still is). He even knew how to solve my initial feeding problems when our eldest was a baby.

 But does all of this really matter on a day-to day basis? OK, I accept that it is wrong to pay a woman less for doing the same work as a man and in certain cases we must strive for our rights

And what has happened to feminism anyway? I never seem to hear about it anymore! Perhaps because I spend a lot of time in Greece!

 Ah well, if you can’t beat them, join them. Now where did I put my lipstick?


Alison Lorentzos                                                               copyright 2011



 

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