This is no longer the age when men are portrayed as superior to women. Feminists have been fighting for decades for women’s rights and other culturally embedded stereotypes that says “female is the weaker sex”.
A test paper in the Philippines is guilty of this assumption. In a particular test paper – probably on the elementary level – a pupil is asked to supply a checkmark of which household activity is for men and for women.
Put a check (?) if the activity is for men and X if for women
___ 1. Farming on the mountains
___ 2. Cleaning the house
___ 3. Driving a jeepney
___ 4. Washing and ironing clothes
___ 5. Buying food from the market
For those who lived in the 1980s and years before, numbers 1 and 3 will have a check mark and numbers 3, 4, and 5 will have an X on the blanks provided.
However, times have changed so much that it already ordinary for a woman to work. The image of a “plain housewife” is no longer the trend making women of today independent and economically empowered.
Another complaint of this test paper is the implication that boys will not do household chores. Men are also affected by stereotypes of being “dirty” and “unorderly” as if the only thing they can do are muscle works.
Well, I personally would not mind doing the laundry and buying food — most especially if I am living alone.
The netizen who uploaded the photo online complained to the Department of Education (DepEd) questioning the effectivity of the K+12 program. If the K+12 curriculum aims to improve student performance in order for them to be competitive persons in the workforce, why is this sexist remarks present in the test paper? There are surely some thing needed to be amended.
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