Yeah, if I can't hack it here with my BLS degree because of intolerant WASPs, I'll just go to that mecca of freedom called the Middle East, where I can have it all: a career where people respect my mind AND my religious beliefs, maids, drivers, a free villa, and all the free time in the world.
OP, I don't want to attack you personally. But your vague plans make it very clear you gotta do some more research and thinking about what it is you want to do and what is possible.
Check out this article on Dubai, supposedly one of the most liberal and Western-oriented places in the Middle East:http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/the-dark-side-of-dubai-1664368.html
It is an open secret that once you hire a maid, you have absolute power over her. You take her passport – everyone does; you decide when to pay her, and when – if ever – she can take a break; and you decide who she talks to. She speaks no Arabic. She cannot escape.
In a Burger King, a Filipino girl tells me it is "terrifying" for her to wander the malls in Dubai because Filipino maids or nannies always sneak away from the family they are with and beg her for help. "They say – 'Please, I am being held prisoner, they don't let me call home, they make me work every waking hour seven days a week.' At first I would say – my God, I will tell the consulate, where are you staying? But they never know their address, and the consulate isn't interested. I avoid them now. I keep thinking about a woman who told me she hadn't eaten any fruit in four years. They think I have power because I can walk around on my own, but I'm powerless."
bwv812 wrote:That aside, my main point was that if you take a culture with fairly rigid social stratification — where everyone has a place, and everyone knows where everyone else belongs — combined with a society that places religious conditions on the interaction between sexes, then I would think that you have reason to question how easily/fully one could work as a female lawyer.
Come on now, we don't usually permit reality to confuse us on TLS...