Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) September 01, 2009 -- Vast numbers of women, in many different countries around the globe, have for generations, been forced into subservient roles by men. Thousands of women still remain veiled, with no voice, no vote and no freedom of choice.
Barbara Walters of 20/20, wrote a story on gender roles in Kabul, Afghanistan, several years before the commencement of the Afghan conflict. She noticed that women normally walked five steps behind their husbands.
She noticed that women were still walking behind their husbands, when she recently returned to Kabul. Walters wondered if the women were happy to adhere to the old customs. She stopped a woman and asked, 'Why do you now seem happy with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change"?
Walters was surprised by the quick but honest answer. "Land mines".
It is quite a different reason that women in New Guinea also walk behind their men. It is a well known fact that crocodiles take the last person in the line.
As a woman in Japan, however, you don't even come into the picture at all, in the minds many men, except as a stuffed doll.
Ta-Bo has taken the idea of women being subservient to men to a new level. This 45 year-old engineer has collected nearly 100 hundred silicone dolls. Ta-Bo has spent over $170,000 on his collection, on what many call 'Dutch Wives'. One life-like doll can cost up to as much as $6000.
"A human girl can cheat on you, or betray you sometimes", Ta-Bo says, "But these dolls never do those things. They belong to me one-hundred percent".
'Female body presentation' of the traditional Nyotaimori, is eating sushi off a woman's naked body. This ancient custom has long been the practice of the Japanese elite. Now an English couple have introduced Nyotaimori into London. For around $400 you can consume unlimited alcohol, which includes champagne on arrival, followed by a 10 course authentic sushi dinner, eaten off a naked female model.
Arriving at various secret locations around London, which can range from a grand mansion, to an unoccupied warehouse, diners are ensured privacy and exclusivity. Numbers of guests are limited to between 12 â 24, with only one sitting a month, until March 2010.
Nyotaimori also has an underground following in the United States, which includes celebrities such as Brad Pitt and George Clooney.
Many people believe that any society which marginalizes women, can only be doomed. Education is the only lasting way to make a difference and lift every member of the society to a place of dignity and honour, regardless of sex, religion or colour.
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