I think it’s safe to say that we live in a pretty misogynistic society. Where we pretend to be on the side of women, vying for their rights in the eye of the public simply because feminism is a force that can no longer be suppressed.
I speak from the perspective of an African female and the amount of pity people express because of what I am is simply disgusting. I don’t need no damn pity. If I wanted some damn pity, I would have gone to a damn church or something. Society must realise that feeling sorry and offering seemingly empathetic glances is not enough.
We need to emphasise then re-emphasise the importance of educating African females. Don’t you dare bring about this “females are the ones which are suffering the most due to the patriarchal environment they live in” argument only to be the same person benefiting from the suppression of female rights to education as well as this overall unspoken consensus that females are to receive our pity and nothing more. You wanna know why females are suffering? It sure as hell isn’t only because of the patriarchal environment we’re raised in. It’s simply because society consciously acknowledges the struggles of an African woman yet willingly fails to better their livelihoods. Governments need to stop hiding behind the phrase “We’re doing all we can…” because guess what? IT’S NOT ENOUGH!
WE DON’T NEED YOUR PITY! What we need is the same opportunities as the rest of the population, what we need is for the world to stop casting pitiful glances down our way like we cannot do and/or be better, what we need is for racial and gender barriers to be torn down, what we need is a voice.