Gender segregation in Malaysia criticized

Oh this is funny, men and women sitting separating in New Year’s eve countdown celebration has been criticized.

Gender segregation bid at New Year do slammed

GEORGE TOWN: The Kedah government has come under fire for trying to impose gender segregation at its state-level New Year’s eve countdown celebration in Sungai Petani.

Kedah MCA chairman Datuk Chong Itt Chew said he received many complaints from revellers who were unhappy that men and women were “advised” to sit separately during the gathering near the clock tower at Jalan Ibrahim.

He said a large LED screen had displayed words advising couples not to sit together but to sit in the arrangement which segregated men and women.

“I don’t know what is the motive of the organisers. They should respect the sensitivity of non-Muslims,” he added.

Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak said there was nothing wrong with men and women sitting separately.

He said such a move could avoid problems such as pick-pocketing and indecent behaviour.

Azizan said the gender segregation was merely a suggestion and nobody was forced to comply with it. [Source: The Star]

How would gender segregation, particularly, pick-pocketing. Is this applying that, statistically, it is more likely to have pick-pockets targeting the opposite gender?

Did you know there’s an ISO for sex?

Turns out that there is an ISO standard for sex. Man is 1 and woman is 2. But why man precedes woman? The standard explicitly states that no significance is to be placed on the fact that male is encoded as 1 and female as 2. The encoding merely reflects existing practice in the countries that initiated this standard.

More information at ISO.

International standard ISO 5218 defines a representation of human sexes through a language-neutral single-digit code. It can be used in information systems such as database applications. (Source: Wikipedia)

The four codes specified in ISO 5218 are:

  • 0 = not known,
  • 1 = male,
  • 2 = female,
  • 9 = not applicable.

For every girl… There is a boy…

This little passage got me thinking:

For every girl there is a boy
For every girl there is a boy

For every girl who is tired of acting weak when she is strong, there is a boy tired of appearing strong when he feel vulnerable.

For every boy who is burdened with the constant expectation of knowing everything, there is a girl tired of people not trusting her intelligence.

For every girl who is tired of being called over-sensitive, there is a boy who fears to be gentle, to weep.

For every boy for whom competition is the only way to prove his masculinity, there is a girl who is called unfeminine when she competes.

For every girl who throws out her E-Z-Bake oven, there is a boy who wishes to find one.

For every boy struggling not to let advertising dictate his desires, there is a girl facing the ad industry’s attacks on her self esteem.

For every girl who takes a step toward her liberation, there is a boy who find the way to freedom a little easier.

(Image source: Tumblr)

Well if you go into statistics… For every girl, there is actually 1.03 boys between ages 15 and 64. All men tend to die off earlier reducing the ratio to a further 0.75 after ages 65 and above causing older women to look sadder than they really should.

In Singapore, women are a little luckier with each women having 1.07 men between ages 15 and 64 (technically) to themselves. If you should ever support polygamy, perhaps you can think about the possibility of a woman having multiple husbands.

This information is from CIA World Factbook.