How many times have we heard that American women are dumb and easy? Sometimes this statement is said by Americans themselves, and it makes me feel as a woman the anguish ripping my heart apart, even if I’m not American. The thing is though, that wasn’t how I felt all along. People say this statement a lot that it becomes impossible for you not to believe in it. Afterward, you need a lot of rethinking and unlearning to see the truth.
In one of the articles called “Stereotypes: Easy American Girl,” I read that one of the most prominent stereotypes not often covered is that of the drunk, sloppy and easy American girl. The author explains an American woman within a context witch is America. When I started remembering the claims people were saying about Arab women and grasping how much they were false, I thought maybe it is the same with American women. Arab women are either seen as engulfed in belly dancing and have so little to cover, or covered up with so much fabric from head to toe that all what can be seen from them are two goggling eyes. When I started dealing with actual American women, I felt confused. I looked at them and I said… hay… wait a minute… they’re smart, intelligent, challenging, funny and more mature than their ages. That woke me up, opened my eyes and unlocked my heart.
And then, there is the issue of restrictions? Who knows what kind or restrictions they have to face. They have to walk, talk, dress, weight and eat, socialize, make decisions and even think in a certain way. They have to be as far away from being a human and as close as possible to be a Barbie.
I wanted to know as an American woman, how would you reply to people who believe in what I used to believe about you? What kind of confinements you face? Also, as an American man, how do you see women in your part of the world? Do you think they face any kind of pressure? And do you think that as a man, you participated in creating part of that pressure?