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ISO: Who said that Israelis are sexist?

Posted by Oyster on October 19, 2006

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Political flame-wars. Unsolicited trade-related messages. Stuff for babies! Is there any wonder why we love the ISO list?

They aren’t. In fact, one Israeli on the (in)famous ISO list bent over backwards to apologize when his/her innocent advert about an Israeli theatric troupe (named ‘Theatron HaEmek’) was interpreted to be so. Perhaps this was more a matter people being too PC. What’s the matter, you grizzled tough Sabras?! Northern California’s made you gone soft?? :-p

So here’s the juicy section of Idit’s message:

About you men. we know, you’re busy – designing that chip, writing that
critical piece of code, or signing up that big customer. Give yourself a
break. 3hrs a week won’t kill the deal, or damage the chip. On the
contrary – they will help you be more productive in doing all of the
above. Theater work is about learning to communicate. And communication
is an essential part of life, family and work. If nothing else, look at
theatre as a professional development workshop coupled with lot’s of
fun.

About you women. we know you’re busy too – work, studies, family, kids
and more. Give yourself a break too. The kids will survive and so will
your husband.. Theatre work will recharge you, and help you do all the
above and more. And if your man wants to go, or you think he should –
give him a gentle push. And come along too. We encourage couples too.

Soon after which, Idit sent a mea culpa:

To all you MEN and WOMEN on the list who read the message from Theatron
HaEmek,

My sincere apology to all of you who got offended by the wrong
definitions expressed about men and women’s duties. It was obviously
done innocently with no intention to degrade anyone or hurt anyone’s
feelings. Theatron HaEmek was formed to support and encourage both, men
and women, wherever they are, whatever they do.

Please read revised version:

[…]

We know, you’re busy – work, studies, family, kids and more. Give
yourself a break. 3hrs a week won’t kill the deal you are about to sign,
or damage the chip you design. On the contrary – they will help you be
more productive in doing all of the above. Theater work is about
learning to communicate. And communication is an essential part of life,
family and work. If nothing else, look at theatre as a professional
development workshop coupled with lot’s of fun.

Weak!! C’mon Idit! Show them what you’re made of! 🙂

Any Israeli readers who would like to comment… ?

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One Response to “ISO: Who said that Israelis are sexist?”

  1. Anna said

    I’m American but I found this funny as hell!

    In my (limited) experience, Israeli men I have met tend to be very sexist, but I only visited once, so it cannot be representative of the whole population.

    One guy, who was otherwise not unintelligent, took great delight in telling me very dirty and sexist jokes (to a woman!!) and then was absolutely clueless as to why I was objecting to it.

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