by Meyiwa Ede

For decades and indeed centuries, the role of women and women as individuals has been subjugated, downtrodden and downcast so much so that a woman is perceived as an ‘object’ which bends and bows to every childish, silly, over-excited, testosterone-driven whim of a man. The woman’s struggle for emancipation has been since the beginning and may very well last till the end of time. I mean when the men stop getting their kicks from disrespecting women, who’s gonna pay attention to them? Who’s gonna be next in the “line of fire”? Will it be the kids? (even men won’t sink that low… or will they?) or could be with their fellow brutish specie (like they have the courage to pick on some one their own size).

True enough, God made the woman from the man, no arguments there. It’s also probable that we are a fickle species (why do you think we are so interesting and mysterious, not to talk of interested in them). And it’s a fact that I, as a Christian, and probably most of the other religions; Have God adjuring women to be Submissive to their husbands. In fact the Bible clearly commands me to respect my husband, but in the light of all this, the men being the first to be created of the two ( and therefore older right?) and the more stable (if we are more fickle) have the greater responsibility to love their wives (You go macho man!). Is it then sensible to say that if men expect submission and respect from women they should in turn love these women. Needless to say love is tantamount to respect, you can’t separate the two, they go together like white on rice. To put it in words that even ‘they’ will understand, if you want me to respect you and submit to you, you have to respect me and love me! Somehow I find it hard to believe that men who have women walking around half-naked, held captive or locked-up in a harem, shaking their tail-feathers and strutting their stuff in music videos, advertisements and other multimedia have ever really loved any woman talk less of respecting them (that would be too much to handle).

It has been said that there is some sort of relationship (irony, i think) between the negative actions we portray and our hidden inner insecurities. For instance, the Eiffel tower in France was said to have been built by the French king at that time to make up for his inadequacies as concerns his size (if you know what i mean) also recall Lord Farquahh in Shrek 2 (getting the gist now?), and then the myth that short men love big cars, houses e.t.c. Much as i admire D’banj (Congratulations on your MTV award and all the others) and his charisma, his suave and charm leaves a lot to be desired. I mean, with all the much ado about; his “koko”, anaconda, kokolets, him always talking bout hitting it, smacking that and getting some, I really have to wonder if, when it comes to D’banj, the “koko” really is “no long thing”. Gimme a break D’banj and tell me something new, something that won’t offend my ears, something I’d like to hear or better still put your money where your mouth is. No offense and definitely no biffs.

If you have a beautiful Monet or Picasso, would you use it as some sorta tray for nik-naks or maybe as fuel for your fireplace. No, I don’t think so. You’re gonna put it in the best lighted spot in your favorite room where you and others can see it and admire it with reverence and if possible you’re gonna put a 2-mile electric fence around it. In the same vein, a woman and indeed sex is beautiful and thus must be respected as such. It really is simple: If you love it, respect it. If you have ever loved a woman then respect women. If sex is beautiful then respect sex. In all their diversities. Capisce?!

No long thing!

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Meyiwa blogs at http://wise-sage.blogspot.com 

Featured Image Courtsey PK

1 comment

  1. I’m not necessarily a feminist either, but it disgusts me when I hear my friends refer to women as though they were toys or properties.

    … ‘Somehow i find it hard to believe that men who have women walking around half-naked, held captive or locked-up in a harem, shaking their tail-feathers and strutting their stuff in music videos, advertisements and other multimedia have ever really loved any woman talk less of respecting them’
    Like you said, respect is reciprocal. If the above ladies had respect for themselves, men would have so too.

    I agree totally – women are beautiful creatures and must be treated as such.

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