Monday, November 21, 2005

Women and cats

One of the reporters called today to say that she wanted to do a story on why women are so obsessed with cats - in relation I think to the Bukit Batok story. I told the reporter that hoarding is a psychological problem and it affects both men and women. People also just hoard about anything. The most famous hoarders were these two brothers who were eventually killed by the junk they accumulated in their home. I don't think she knew about this though.

I really dislike this whole notion that women like cats more than men - if you look at it, more women as a whole are involved in social work, so that's probably why you see more women helping out than men in just about any society.


Anonymous mrs budak said...

They got the wrong person to comment - they should look for a psychologist or psychiatrist instead!

How to expect a non-professional to comment on the psychological state of hoarders?

21/11/05 2:15 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That's what I said to her - they said they had spoken to a psychologist who said that this might be because women tend to be more emotional and possibly because cats are easier to look after than dogs. According to the journalist, this was based again on observation, not on any sample size.

I asked what the journalist's sample size was based on, and it was based on half a dozen people she and her colleague knew who had more than five cats.

21/11/05 2:20 PM  
Blogger yskat said...

The journalist appears to want to write a totally uncreative and uninteresting piece that will merely reinforce the stereotype of the old crazy cat woman. It will be ageist, sexist and anti-cat. Suggestion for a much more engaging article: most Singaporeans really do not mind there being community cats around; and those who write to the press about cats being nuisance are really in the minority and should be ignored.

21/11/05 10:10 PM  
Anonymous mrs budak said...

I suspect it will go more along the slant of "aging spinster who can't find a husband finds solace in cats" instead. That seems to be the predominant stereotype of "cat ladies".

21/11/05 11:33 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I am worried about the same thing Mrs Budak. People love to ask questions about people getting solace from cats - specifically women.

22/11/05 12:08 AM  

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