So we had a “field trip” yesterday and one of the bus drivers refused to drive the female students (yes, we travel in segregated buses here). I was so annoyed!
The school bus is not your private car, how can you refuse to drive women? and why didn’t anyone protest, but let him roll on with his mess? If you don’t want to interact with women, maybe you shouldn’t be a driver for a University that has both male and female students! It’s not piety! argh! I hate it when people treat people as if they have some sort of disease… trust me no one was going to jump Mr. Bus drivers bones… argh!
Only in Qatar have I ever encountered this kind of thing….. at least it’s only happened once.
But the bus driving incident is connected to a larger aspect of my experiences here and that is male-female interaction here, it’s so awkward, I mean I feel awkward, so the best way to deal is to just not talk to them much or hang out outside of class. This makes me sad, Most of come from countries (No ALL of us) that aren’t this strict on the male-female interaction. So why do people act so strange?
I am actually not the worst one, there are definitely guys who are Joe cool on Facebook but try to act like one of the Companions now that we are in Qatar…. I don’t get the dichotomy…. I’m not trying to be down anyone’s throat but some people act like having a conversation with a female classmate will ensure a place in Hell for them… which is why I prefer to just not deal.
It’s a shame because I’m sure they have perspectives and insights that I don’t…. and I am here to learn Arabic but to learn more too 😦
Another aspect of the weird cross-gender interactions here is that unfortunately interactions however innocent can easily be blown out of proportion…. it’s like we ‘re living by the Qatari standard…. We need to grow up…lol…..
Oh home sweet home here I come….lol