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Re: A Question for you to Ponder
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2001 21:47:13 +0800
From: Loh Kwek Leong <timebomb at pacific_net.sg>
>Subject: A Question for you to Ponder
>Here's my question:
>Why is it that women in the West take to this hobby of
>keeping fish tanks while those in the East don't? I have
>noticed this syndrome for some time now and it puzzles
>me greatly. I don't have the figures to prove what I
>observed is true but here are some "statistics" that
>may support it.
I'm Chrys, which is a woman's name in my case.
(My mother got creative with spelling). I've had my own
aquarium since I was a child. When I was growing up,
my mother had a "fish-only" aquarium. My grandmother
has had a "fish-tank" for at least 20 years, of one size or
another. My other grandmother has as well. I have one
aunt who always has fish, and another who has a few
times in the past. I think, out of my mother's 7 siblings,
only one of the men ever bothered to keep a fish-tank.
Last year, I got into planted tanks, courtesy of the
internet. My mother and myself were amazed at the
idea, we'd never seen actual live plants in a tank. (We
live in a very rural part of the USA) So now I'm an
aquatic plants addict, and my mother is the Java Fern
queen, due to her low-light conditions.
I don't know the reasons why women may be more
interested in aquariums here as opposed to other
countries. In my own experience, the aquarium in
the house has usually belonged to a woman, or else
been a "whole family" project. My father, at one point
last year was sighing at me and my mother about "do
we need another aquarium?"
Perhaps, in Singapore, if this has been a traditionally
male hobby, then the women have never thought to try
it? If they saw their fathers being interested,and their
mothers being disinterested their entire lives?
-Chrys Amy Dean
"and i try to laugh at whatever life brings
cuz when i look down i just miss all the good stuff
when i look up i just trip over things" ~ Ani DiFranco