I happened to be watching BBC today and came upon this news item about a popular German news and TV show anchor who was fired for talking about the positives in the Nazi regime – what she perceived as the respect for women and motherhood. Now, I believe that while her comments may have been offensive to many, talking about any positive aspect of the Nazi regime (even if it is wrongly perceived as positive) should not be banned.
But what’s interesting is that this lady, Eva Herman, has been crusading for a return to traditional values, by which ofcourse she means that women stay at home and forget about having a career. Does anyone see the irony of a popular TV host advocating this? I wonder what she has to say to President Angela Merkel. Its pathetic though, to see a successful woman deriding other women in this manner, suggesting that the only choice they can make is to limit themselves to marriage and motherhood.
Infact these two words, ‘traditional values’, usually raise my hackles immediately. Not because I think there is anything inherently wrong with all tradition or that it should be discarded. But usually, the demands made in the name of traditional values, are always made on women. Too much crime? Hey, those women should be at home, looking after their families. How about preserving some of our old ways? Why don’t these women wear saris? Never mind if the men can wear anything they like.
I wonder if I should be surprised or relieved that this sort of idiocy is not restricted to our society alone, but exists even in the richest societies of the world. And, finally, she was sacked for saying something irrelevant about Nazi society, but got away with her disrespectful attitude to women easily enough. That alone says volumes about the world we live in.