African women trying to change the African culture with their feminist view
Feminism is one of the most misunderstood movements of our time. The movement has for countless decades advocated for women’s rights on the grounds of ‘the equality of the sexes’.
Somewhere along the line, this got turned into a gender war, where men and some women are of the opinion that feminists ‘want to be men’. The conversation shifted from how to put an end to issues such as child marriage, gender-based violence, limited opportunities, unequal pay, high taxation on feminine products, rampant sexism, raping of women/girls, and so on, to why women want to “rule over men” or “become men”.
The conversation began to center on gender r0les and how the ‘equality of the sexes’ would affect the power dynamic in the family unit and other societal structures that are based on the submission, ignorance, and pliability of women.
What many fail to understand is that being a feminist does not mean you are “against men”, it means you are “for women”. The existence of a “pro-women’s” movement does not threaten or invalidate the roles and rights of men; it only strives to make like better for the disadvantaged gender.
However, some African women are trying to change the African culture with their feminist view…For example, in the household, we all know that the man is supposed to be the head of the house, but some feminists in Nigeria are of the opinion that the husband and the wife should be on the same level..for example, because the woman is cooking food today, then she makes sure that the man must also cook the food for the house the next day, in order to prove that she is not inferior to the man.
African culture suggests that there are roles for a man in the society, and there are also roles for a woman in the society.
The Major role of a woman is explained below:
Women are the primary caretakers of children and elders in every country of the world. International studies demonstrate that when the economy and political organization of a society change, women take the lead in helping the family adjust to new realities and challenges.
But Nowadays, some African feminists are using their feministic view to change and disregard the African culture, this kind of feminists are of the opinion that they won’t cook for their husband and kids because of equality., or the women who always insults men because they can., or the Ladies who won’t let Men hold doors for them because it diminishes their value.
Many women, especially feminists in Africa need to find out and study the real meaning of FEMINISM.
Many “feminists” are in fact too arrogant:
Some African women have gotten carried away by the idea of feminism that they take offense at the tiniest thing. For a few, the idea of feminism has strayed away from gender equality to Male-Hating-Militant-Feminists. Trust me when I say to you, THIS IS NOT FEMINISM.
Feminism isn’t about taking everything in the world too seriously. You should be able to take a joke and have a life of your own….a life that you are in full control of without being arrogant to men.
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As we all know…The Neck supports The Head, and The Head cannot stand without The Neck.
I strongly disagree that the man and the woman should be on the same level in any area in life, because God created Woman to support the Man, not to be dragging power with him.
A man will always be the “head” of the family, while a woman is the “neck” in the family power dynamic. They both have their roles to play (GENDER ROLE).