WOMEN WITHOUT HER MAN IS NOTHING
Agree with this sentence? Well, I’m pretty sure you will both agree and disagree, depending on the way you read it. By the way, this is just supposed to be though provoking, and not sexist or anything (:
I refer to the article from Newsweek’s February 5 2007 issue. The article is titled ” The First Lady Steps Out”.
Just a short side tibit:
Japan’s latest prime Minister is Know as PM Abe, and not Abc (yes, there are people who get it wrong)
It is pronounced as “Ah-bay”, and not “Ebb”, which, admittedly, was how I intially pronounced it.
Back to the main topic.
In essence, the article talks about the new PM Shinzo Abe’s wife, otherwise known as Japan’s first lady, Akie Abe. Her unconventioanl way pof handling such a vital role in the political scene is something that Japan, or even Asia, has nnot seen is a fair long time. Unlike Mrs Abe’s predecessors who took a backseat with regards to their respective husband’s political life, Mrs Abe has, apparently, been helping her husband in boosting his popularity amongst the people. Akie Abe has something to say about everything- and, she dares to say it, be it on her blog or in different languages. So far, much that she has done has been well accepted by the general public, from her leaks of her husband’s private life to their display of affection for one another. However, it is inevitable that Mrs Abe has her fair share of critics as well. Detractors say that she is going against her husbands political stand, which is to continue former Koizumi’s structural reforms while simultaneously reassuring those who have yet to benefit from the booming economy. Her husband garners most of his support from conservertives, yet Mrs Abe is anything but conservative.
Politics, I cannot deny, is interesting to hear about, but participating in the political scene is one risky move – at least that is how I feel. Of course, there is the power and posh lifestyle that tends to come with the rise in statusand importance, but on the flipside, one has to CONSTANTLY be mindful of what one says because even the tiniest wrong choice and usage of words can result is public outcry. Definitely, you can argue that with high and effective education, saying the right things at the right time will be a natural thing, but if you ask me, there are times when we have “outbursts” – a sudden unprecedented explosion of emotions. What is worst is that your political career can be over with just one outburst!
That said, I admire Mrs Abe’s style of how she presents herself to the public. To actually steer away from the norm is without a doubt, not an easy thing to do. What’s even more admirable is that we are not talking about any typical occupation or person here ; Mrs Abe is THE first lady of Japan. If her unconventional ways does not say anything about her courge and boldness, i don’t know what does.
Honestly, I’m extremely delighted that Mrs Abe is shining as as individual, and not just the Pm’s wife. In my opinion, this is a sign, a good sign, that female power and importance is rising in society. After all, I am pretty sure no one would like to go back to the times when females were not even given education! My heart goes out to the females of that generation. i hope that this trend will continue, and that female will continuously step up to the plate and deliever. It warms my heart whenever I see females enjoying tremendous success in whatever that they do. Not that I am prejudiced or anything. I just want equality of man and women. (:
I think I can relate to this article very much. It actually encourages us females to follow in the footsteps of Mrs Abe, that is, to step up to the plate and not follow behind men your entire life. In simple terms, it is asking us to be bold and beautiful. Hmmm, sounds familar?
Thats all from me!