I meet all sorts of women from all sorts of backgrounds every day; From the super rich to the super poor and from the hardworking to the financially looked after by hubby. All have nice smiles. All offer me food and a hello. If they want to totter about in the mall growing the economy who cares and if they want to wander about in Hero in pyjamas who cares. It doesn't bother me one bit. If I could afford for my wife to do that and spend her time looking after the family while I work then I would, and I am sure my wife would like that too.
I also quite like the idea of women wanting to look good for themselves not that most need to here, although the mutton dressed in lamb in the mall is always fun to watch.
The western women I know have always been fascinated with Indonesian womens hair and skin and vice versa and the only complaint they make is about timekeeping, but thats universal.
Indonesia for all its faults and there are a lot of them, has empowered women and supports that here really well in my opinion. From a President of Indonesia to CEOs of companies and everything in between. Its not perfect. Where is?
Peoples behaviours in malls are often appalling and I refuse to go to many as a result but as this will get me off topic and in trouble through discriminating against certain body types, facial types and age groups I won't but thats about their family values nothing more.
Finally, in regards to common sense. As I work with many Indonesians, mostly all females, I know a few who would be considered 'blonde' in a country where hair colour is more than very dark brown due to their lack of common sense which again is not a bad thing but a fun thing and being the gentleman that I am, once I have stopped face palming and laughing I help them.