I’ve been wondering lately which sex in Jordan uses wasta (nepotism) more. Females or males? And I’m talking about the instigators and not just the pawns. See, most would be quick to say males but if you think outside your immediate environment for a moment, I’ve observed a lot of elderly women living in towns and villages all over Jordan, using wasta constantly. They’ll even travel all the way to west Amman to wait outside the home and/or office of their family Member of Parliament.
Generally speaking they will also encourage their husbands or sons to seek out wasta, but still maintaining the position of being the instigator. Women, especially the elder ones, will also rely heavily on sympathy for their wasta to go through. They might not even know the person who’s destined to help them out, but they nevertheless find a way to get them on board with cheating, bypassing, circumventing, obfuscating the system.
I sometimes see this at work in all sorts of ministries or government departments and circles. But then you have the men.
There are other questions of course which arise based on this inquiry. Such as: will women who use wasta tend to use it for things that are more justifiable than men? I think the main categories tend to be bypassing government bureaucracy, employing a family member, educating a family member and/or seeking medical treatment.
Also, which sex is the main beneficiary of wasta these days?
Anyways, this was just something that’s been floating in my mind lately and I thought it would be an interesting discussion question to pose and debate.
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