Respect has no gender

Photo: Samantha SophiaPhoto: Samantha Sophia

We would like to express our disappointment and objection to the article written by Charles Caruana Carabez and titled ‘The foibles of women’ (January 5).

The article is shallow, sexist and misogynistic and reeks of fragile masculinity as the author strives to put down women to make men look better.

Caruana Carabez tries to frame his work in a humoristic manner as if to lighten the seriousness of his writing. This shows his insensitivity to gender issues and is not consonant with his position as a Commissioner for Education within the Office of the Ombudsman. In the article, Caruana Carabez feels he has the divine right to outline women’s defects. Yet, all he can do is make faulty and outdated stereotypical generalisations about women. He might as well have asserted that men are perfect.

Finally, by pre-empting the negative reaction of women, he attempts to discredit them before they can even react to his stereotypical crass.

We condemn every form of attack and harassment towards women in our society as we believe that women deserve every respect from men just as men deserve respect from women.

The women who did react were right to do so and, as men, we want to add our voices to theirs. Respect has no gender.

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