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Feminism: Home Vs Workplace, where should it begin?

Writer- Oluwafunmilayo Oyeniran
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To commemorate the International Women’s Day celebration yesterday (March 8), more than a majority hopped on the #EachforEqual hashtag, even the ones ignorant about the true meaning.

While the #EachforEqual tag trended on social media, especially Twitter. What got my attention more was Wema Bank’s newsletter which blew some hot steam. A part of it read: “We want more doctorate degree holders whose fathers didn’t question educating a girl child because they fear he won’t uphold his last name anyway. Understandably, we want better. We want more. We want equal.” 

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The Deposit Money Bank concluded its letter with a triggering statement which read “But we are the mothers raising patriarchal sons, the bosses who make it difficult for female subordinates, and the friends who won’t speak up when male friends do wrong”

Below the belt? Well not for me. As a lady, the statement made me question the essence of feminism which preaches “equal right for both genders”. But the question is, do feminists actually want equality?

Famous for the #SexForGrades documentary, BBC reporter, Kiki Mordi took to Twitter and responded to Wema Banks newsletter. She tweeted; “So why are you funding the patriarchy? Until we take decisive actions to stop putting our very limited resources into businesses that refuse to be gender-sensitive, we will keep dancing around in circles. #BoycottWemaBank until they apologize to you. Your money is worth respect”

Before now, Kiki Mordi through several tweets and social projects has been tagged as an unapologetic feminist, little wonder why she was able to stir trouble from a supposed harmless tweet. It got me thinking “What exactly do feminist want, equality or superiority?”, I have to ask because the way they get easily triggered is so repulsive.

How do you pounce on a truthful text that reflects the reality of the society we live in? Is the truth that bitter? Women preach feminism yet can’t bear to see the other woman take a step higher than them.  Female bosses continue to make the workspace difficult like they are in a competition of bagging a trophy for the worst boss.

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You preach feminism when there are still women who indulge their male friends to cause harm or mock a female they don’t like. Like charity begins at home, morals should begin within the female circle first. If you don’t love the woman next to you, If you can’t tell her with confidence and smiles that her speech at the conference was brilliant, if you can’t tell her how gorgeous she looks in that dress, how do you preach feminism when your gender is broken?

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These women are seeking equality in certain areas whilst oblivious to the rest. If you are seeking equality, you should be able to pay the bills, fix the tyre, secure the house, etc but unfortunately, they only seek equality in the career and social sphere, neglecting the home.

These women seek to be the MD/CEO’s just like the men which are very impressive but what about other areas? I mean, your home!

Referencing what Wema bank said, are mothers training their children to exercise equal rights in the home? Looking at various homes today, although modernized, it’s still the same setting. The boys are allowed to watch TV while the girls are mandated to be in the kitchen because one day they will be married. If equality for both genders will be a reality shouldn’t it like charity, begin at home?

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If we are going to hop on the #eachforequal trend then we must be able to fit into where the men fit into at all levels even paying the bills.

The effects of raising girls and boys differently | The Guardian ...

The truth is, we are created differently with different responsibilities. Even the Bible we reference sometimes does not put the female where the man is supposed to fit in.

As much as we want to be equal, We must not forget the future of the next generation. Are we training them to fight for equality to the detriment of embracing their own unique features? Are we training them to replace good morals with equality?  As we climb the career ladder, the home that forms a nation must never be neglected. #EachforEqual.

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Darius
Darius
7 months ago

Interesting read.

Vandy Seyi
Vandy Seyi
7 months ago

We all have bias conscious or subconscious, whether good or bad. Some don’t even know when they do or think it. Example: we are more likely to rush to the aide of a woman than a man. Not that it is a bad thing, but like the writeup says, most people say they want equality without even really thinking about the implications of it.
We all have responsibilities and challenges of our genders. We should teach equity and not equality

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Admin
7 months ago
Reply to  Vandy Seyi

Well said 👏👏

Aji
Aji
7 months ago

Spot on. My question for every woman crying for gender equality is are you really ready for the implication of it?
Will you embrace manly responsibilities without crying about being weaker vessels wen its time to stand like a man in certain circumstances?

muttering minds
Admin
7 months ago
Reply to  Aji

I bet the answer is No. Thank you Aji💥

Inee
Inee
7 months ago

I hope so to. And fight for a different and good purpose. It’s good to sensitize the society. Yes we know there are men that are demeaning, ignorant and outright foolish but we can do better. We can be the better gender without resulting to repulsiveness and violence.

muttering minds
Admin
7 months ago
Reply to  Inee

WE CAN DO BETTER 👏👏. Welcome on board Inee🤗

BENJAY
BENJAY
7 months ago

Spot on🔥

muttering minds
Admin
7 months ago
Reply to  BENJAY

💥💥

Father of Many Nations
Father of Many Nations
7 months ago

My idea of feminism has always been equity and not equality because if passed into law, can these feminists harness the several responsibilities the male folk stomachs? NO. This is so apt and I feel everyone who preaches feminism needs to read this.

muttering minds
Admin
7 months ago

Glad it resonates with you.💥💥 Also welcome on board💃💃

Obama
Obama
7 months ago

I really like how the writer touched every nerve and strand of what there is to this misandry disguised as feminism. The other day I saw a supposed friend spewing all kinds of nonsense on her WhatsApp story like she has something against men, one in a phone conversation was telling me how she’s pained that men don’t experience cramps. It’s obvious these ones are new recruits who are just pained and angry over things they have no control over. It beats my imagination how some women be thinking they’re equal to men and how men think they’re superior to… Read more »

muttering minds
Admin
7 months ago
Reply to  Obama

I love this 👏👏👏

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