Dumbledore awarded 10 points to Gryffindor because Nevile Longbottom stood up his friends (though I don’t exactly agree on what he did) and everyone applauded him for it because Gryffindor eventually won the house cup. But, what if we don’t have a friend like Longbottom who points out problematic traits in a friend? What if we are only capable of filtering out toxic and non-toxic friends but mirror mirror on the wall doesn’t tell you that YOU are the toxic friend? It’s the painful truth, but I believe filtering your own bad traits does you, and others a great favour.
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What if you were told that food is gendered? “Well that would be absurd because food do not have sexual organs! A slice of pizza cannot be male or female!”, you would say. However, gender is not what is biological but it is what is social. Using my experiences in learning how to cook and my dark past with the kitchen, I analyzed my gendered relations to food and argue that food is indeed, gendered.
“I lost the friendship bracelet my friend bought me.
It was what, RM5? RM10? I don’t even know if that is expensive for rotan bracelets dyed with black paint. I came from a family in obscure Kedah where I had thought such gestures were hedonistic and were a western influence. My family (rather my parents) was pious, strict with religion, and just recently started doing better financially, so the whole Kuala Lumpur teen culture I was put into during highschool left me restless, uneasy even. But that is not what I am writing for. I am writing for the bracelet from a dear friend that I lost, because I was scared that I became hedonistic and indoctrinated by western culture.”
As of 2020, only 16% of the ministerial level positions in Malaysia are occupied by women. In the parliament, the number is slighter with only 14.9%. The battle of the sexes had always been a contentious topic, especially with the gendered expectations linked to the female and male population of Malaysia. How can we explain the lack of women representation in politics? Are we capable of undoing decades of self-enforcing patriarchal social structures?