For some reason, it has been a very sexist week. Several of my friends have told me stories of blatant sexism and then I've had a few stories of my own.
One of my friends discussed recruiting procedures with a European male colleague this week. He stated that the way he recruited at one location was to line up the female applicants, then hire all the ones with the largest breasts.
My sister is going to sell her business in the States. This week, she had a group of 40-ish men approach her to buy it. They insisted that her business must have woman-owned status. Of course they did! How else could she have become so successful if it weren't for the Government giving her a disadvantaged status? Certainly not on her own merit.
I met with a British business person this week so that I could consult on some work. I can't write everything he said here (yeah yeah, that's right - even I have boundaries on how vulgar I will be online). It all started with, "You ARE yummy, aren't you?" (imagine it in your head said by Austin Powers with a Briddish accent while dude stares into your breasteses) and went downhill from there. Discussion of "downtown" and how great that is... yada.
An Italian representative of a Kuwaiti tourism company referred to me several times as "Mr." in correspondence, then insisted that the rates they have offered (to me, as "Mr.") do not apply to single women - as single women don't make up the "leisure" market in Kuwait. According to him, there is a law in Kuwait which stipulates that single women do not have to be given rooms (is this true?) and it is up to the hotels to determine if they want female customers. Well dayam, that's a pretty big market loss, isn't it? What about professional working women like me who would love to drop some money on spa services and a room, pool, beach: Aren't we allowed to take care of your "offers"? What kind of a "tourism" policy is that?
Note that none of these "gentlemen" is Arab. Personally, I have had very few problems with Arab men in all the years that I've been here.