My Take

The chopping board

Can a woman chop off a man’s genitalia if he cheats? A fair few women have adopted the practice of mutilating their significant other’s in this manner. This is done to avenge some injustice that has been inflicted upon them.

From a woman in California chopping off her cheating husbands private parts twice, to a Kenyan woman in Nyeri doing the same deed owing to the disappearance of 5000 Kenya Shillings (Approximately 50 USD), the trend seems to have caught on fire! Although widespread amusement has resulted from these incidents, the men suffer immense pain. Is this a way for women to take things into their own hands and assert the esurreal-face_fem_man_perspective-1quality which they so avidly seek? In the age of feminism and women empowerment, such barbaric acts should not be warranted.

Despite the misconception that feminism is all about handing over all power to the almighty woman, feminism is universally defined as the belief and aim that women should have the same rights and opportunities as men. While a patriarchy is a society controlled by men. I am proud to say that I am a feminist. Some may adhere to the belief that this is all about being a woman who stands against men. Not in my book.

My role model Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said: “I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.” In my opinion, this translates as respect and dignity being given to every female and not underestimating her because of her gender. But at the same time it doesn’t mean we take away the respect that is due to men.

Yes, a man can still open a door for a woman. I’d love to be treated like a lady and to cook for my spouse when he walks through the door, tired and hungry after a long day. I am not going to throw a fit if he says he would like to pay for a meal. On the contrary, I’d like to clear the tab next time around. I want him to baby sit every other week when I need a girl’s night out, but I’m not going to throw the baby at him and run for the door every evening.

I find it ironic that feministic principles are associated with patriarchies, whereby the role played by the man is instead played by a woman. Feminism is about equality, not superiority.

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