(2) The Anonymity of Woman in a Community/Organisation and the Politics of Sisterhood
Anonymity is one of the biggest problems that woman faced under this patriarchy system. It happens not only at home (or private place) where we can see, for example — woman’s name omitted and replaced by her husband’s name or woman’s work at home doesn’t consider as work — but also at the other places, including in a community/organisation. This essay will explain some forms of anonymity of women in a community/organisation and argue that to embrace the politics of sisterhood can be one of the solutions to overcome this problem.
In my opinion, the problem of female anonymity in a community/organisation is beyond an existentialism and/or the matter of recognition. In fact, it is a problem of not respecting someone’s work and it is political. The form of female anonymity in a community/organisation itself can be divided into, at least, three forms as follow: first, claiming woman’s idea as a collective idea whilst this doesn’t happen to man’s. In this case, woman’s thought — even just a little like a dust — isn’t recognize as her own thought (which came from her brain), experience and/or readings. But rather, it is usually considered came because of her involvement in the community/organisation. Unfortunately, this kind of perspective usually doesn’t occur to man. Therefore, with the exception to the women of more educated or older than the men in community, I firmly believe that women will frequently find this hardship in their community/organisation.
Second, underestimating woman’s contribution both in the community and society only because of insignificant fault and/or mistake while man’s not. Yes, usually when a woman makes a little mistake, her entire contribution will be recalled and she will only remembered as “the one who makes that mistake”. And again, of course, this doesn’t happen to men. Third, ignoring woman’s personal problem as a serious problem. This doesn’t always happen but when it does, it is equal to ignoring woman as a significant part of community/organisation and it also dehumanized woman. In other words, it reflects a disrespectful behavior to woman.
Those three forms illustrate how the anonymity of woman in a community/organisation results from the loss of the most important element in being part of a community/organisation, that is, empathy. As we know, the anonymity of woman — especially in the private space like home/family where mother’s work/contribution at home is often taken for granted as “her nature work” — has been existing for a long time and this, undoubtedly, is also influences this lack of empathy factor in a community/organisation. To help tackling this problem, the sense of sisterhood is the answer. The sense of sisterhood speaks about empathy, which is give illustration of respectful attitude that is given by someone over someone else’s burden, sorrow, and suffering. By acknowledging the problem of the anonymity of woman in a community/organisation, I think, it is good if communities/organisation start to embrace the politics of sisterhood — that is to embrace woman’s pain with empathy — as one of their main politics, if they don’t want to let their female members leave their organisation as time goes by.
- Fathimah Fildzah Izzati
- This is the second version after the grammar corrected by my best friend: Valentina K.