I recently had an encounter with some Western feminists here in West Africa, my discussion with them lead me to write this article because I found that their claims are largely based on the oppressive experiences and history of women in the West aka white women, African women have their issues but I maintain that they should find their own brand of feminism because if what the west is practicing is what they wish to adopt here, it won’t work.
Modern feminism is not about equality or fairness, it is about promoting women to an illusional pedestal of superiority to the male counterpart, It is about promoting a victim culture, it is about sexual liberation for women alone and it ultimately is about legalized abortions (of which the man of cause has no say even though the sperm that fertilized the egg is his, also it is noteworthy that pro-abortion activists in Africa are mostly white feminists) it is about population control, it is about control over the men through women.
It is funny how feminism when looked at critically has nothing to do with gender equality.
Europe and America have some of the most disadvantaged men in the world, the Western man has been reduced to the level of being nothing but a potential sex offender and source of income for the courts.
If all was well in the West and there was equality amongst the sexes then why does a movement like MGTOW (Men Going There Own Way) even exist? Why is the men’s right movement gaining traction every day? This is because the modern feminist movement in all its wisdom has brought more divide and in-equality than ever before amongst the sexes.
With this being the case, why do African Women think that modern feminism will do anything apart from destroying us further? The African women who subscribe to the foolishness of western feminism are women who are bitter and do not under their own history.
The question I must ask African men who support this Western feminist mindset amongst our women in Africa is this; are you ready for a situation when your wife can cheat on you and still get half your property? Are you all ready for a situation where “he raped me” is all the evidence needed to ruin your life? Are you ready for the repression of your sons through drugs and psychological manipulation just because they are full of energy and playing like boys should play.
Please if you are an African man reading this kindly google “Manspreading” and “Toxic Masculinity”, this will show you the kind of twilight zone we are headed to with this foolishness they call modern feminism. It is also interesting how We have toxic masculinity but everything feminine is divine and nontoxic.
The feminist ideology brings with it a society where feminine values are the only norm, anything masculine is frown upon and considered unacceptable, yet for a balanced society to exist we must accept the two and create balance amongst them in society.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF FEMINISM & A COMPARISON OF ITS KEY POINTS TO WOMEN IN WEST AFRICAN SOCIETY THROUGH HISTORY
The history of the modern western feminist movement is divided into four “waves” The first comprised women’s suffrage movements of the 19th and early-20th centuries, promoting women’s right to vote. The second wave, the women’s liberation movement, began in the 1960s and campaigned for legal and social equality for women. In or around 1992, a third wave was identified, characterized by a focus on individuality and diversity. The fourth wave, from around 2012, used social media to combat sexual harassment, violence against women, and rape culture; it is best known for the Me Too movement.
RIGHT TO VOTE
Even before colonialism, the African woman has always played prominent roles in the choosing of kings, chiefs, and even elders. In every African culture, it is clear that women are very prominent figures in choosing our leaders. They not only participate in choosing these leaders in many instances they are leaders themselves.
In the Igbo community even before colonialism, women traditionally controlled the market place which was basically the commercial and economic center of the community, the Igbo community being a very conservative society had many instances in which women played roles in king-making. In many Igbo communities, women have always played significant roles in Igbo culture and this wasn’t just gender-specific roles but roles the dictated the everyday affair of an entire population of people.
In the Yoruba land, we have the IyaLode’s, The Iyalode is a high-ranking female chieftain in most of the Yoruba traditional states. In pre-colonial Nigeria was less of a choice by the monarch and more of the accomplishment and involvement of the woman to be so honored in economic and political matters.
The Ashantis of Ghana is a well-known matriarchy where even if a man is the head chief of the community, inheritance of the seat of power and the crown itself passes through the woman.
Across Africa, many tribes accepted female warriors not out of inclusiveness but because we know that women have the potential for power just as men do, even our spirituality portrays this, the religious misogyny is something that came with the people who are ironically claiming to be liberal in such matters.
The same goes for almost all tribes in West Africa, even when African countries came into the so-called “independence” era, whether women will vote was not a discussion because it was a common-sense amongst us Africans that should vote.
Our female legends never needed to be men in order to be great, they were very feminine and very great, all these women continued to remain in their prime even after they married African men with traditional African roles. feminism tells the women of the west that it is weak to be feminine and strong, that their strength is dependant on the oppression of men and common sense but Africa has always been a place for truly human liberation, what we have in the west is a perversion.
WAGE GAP WAS AND IS A NON EXISTING ISSUE IN WEST AFRICA
There is currently no establishment in Africa, now or before that pays or paid women less for the same work rendered by men, This is a product of the European society which considered their women property.
In West Africa we do not have the same view of women as the Europe and U.S have, women in West Africa are considered the pride of the society. Sure we have areas in Africa in which we can do better but so far, the representation of our women in places of power and wage gap is not one of the problems, women are free to be whatever they want in Africa, so far as they are willing to work for their dreams to be realized.
I do not want to prolong this article but it is indeed clear that most of the concepts that our women are fighting for as feminists are largely based on problems that they do not have.
WEST AFRICAN WOMEN DO NOT HAVE THE SAME ISSUES AS THE WOMEN OF THE WEST
I believe that the African woman’s struggle isn’t the same as the European woman’s struggle because we do not have the same history. Africa has always been a culturally liberal place, yes men and women have their roles in tradition and culture but does most of the culture around Africa suppresses their women, that is a serious lie that must not be accepted.
In the West women had to fight for every role they have today, this is something that was available for the African woman naturally.
Misogyny and sexism came to Africa with the colonizer and his religious jargons, he came to Africa and spread his idea that woman is evil across Africa and today many of these tribes have incorporated this behavior and it has gone on so long that it has taken the guise of culture and tradition.
What Africa truly needs is a mass exodus back to our roots, I believe that both men and women will find complete fulfillment here.
I do not believe that Western feminism and is the answer to the problems that African women face.
Those women who are crazy about the Western feminism are women who want to emulate the total oppression of the men in the west, a place where a man’s wife can cheat on him then claim irreconcilable differences and still get to keep the children of the marriage and 70% of the man’s property. This is not feminism but a way for the government to kill the spirits of their men through the women.
Are there places in Africa where the women are heavily oppressed? Yes, but let us ask ourselves when the Western feminist is talking about oppression, to what is she actually talking about?
JUST TO ADD TO THE FACT THAT AFRICA ALWAYS RECOGNIZED ITS WOMEN AS MORE THAN SEXUAL OR BABY MAKING OBJECTS, THIS IS ONE MORE NO OTHER PLACE ON EARTH CAN BOAST OF.
MEET THE DAHOMEY AMAZONS SECT OF WARRIORS THAT CONSIST OF ONLY FEMALE WARRIORS:
Here in Africa, our women are great, we have just as many goddesses as there are gods, sure we have cultures that make some women in some parts of Africa less privileged but even that can be attributed to the Western or foreign ideology.
I believe we should be able to come up with our own brand of justice for mistreatment against women, Modern feminism is a failure which must remain in the West. We as Africans must thrive to find our own way, which must be implemented in understanding not the Western jargon of feminism.