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Saturday, May 31, 2014

#YesAllWomen and #NotAllMen

Yes, indeed, "we also need to teach our sons to respect women". Many a times I have heard mothers and grandmothers tell their sons/grandsons "kidume..."; "mtoto wa kiume..."; "dume la mbegu..." and so often wonder(ed) to what extent women also contribute to the entrenchment of patriarchy, simply defined as a system of domination of women (and some may add 'weak(er)' men) by men.

"To Resist What Persists" ought to be dialectical as there are (some?)men who also try hard not to do those things that are painfuly shared in #YesAllWomen but, alas, they also end up being so discouraged by (some?) women who want "kidume"/"dume la mbegu" as if in order to be a 'real' man in this world one has to be 'macho/sexist' and so forth.

Sadly, it is the way of the world and, ironically, Toni Braxton's heart-to-heart song He Wasnt' Man Enough sums it all.

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