BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
For years, I’d hoped not to get drawn into this argument. Well, there goes my hope with the wind.
I’ve never been a fan of feminism. Doesn’t mean I treat women like scum or think a man is by default better than a woman. However, I feel like 90% of feminists don’t know shit about the noise they make. They remind me of overzealous undergraduates who jump at every opportunity to shout “Aluta Continua!”
Last week, during the international women’s day celebrations, Diamond Bank came up with a brilliant ad in which top male executives in the organization pledged to “treat women right.” These feminists came out, teeth on fire, screaming how dare they take the shine off women by making the day all about men pledging to celebrate women. I have never seen a worse logic-defying outcry.
I was taught to treat EVERYONE with respect. My parents didn’t need to tell me not to hit a woman. I know it’s a bad thing to hit anyone – male or female. Teach your kids same and all will be well. It’s that simple. I don’t give a hoot whether you’re male or female. Give me a reason to “kick” your ass and I will, big time.
It baffles me when people kick Presidents and heads of government for not appointing more women into their cabinets. It is just as baffling, for me, as the cry about Buhari’s cabinet being dominated by more Northerners than people from other tribes. A president needs to work. You don’t work well if you’re surrounded by people you’re not comfortable with. If you’re comfortable working with more members of the same sex, then so be it. If it is being surrounded by people from the opposite sex that makes your brain tick, cool. I’m not very comfortable with a lot of women around me. Doesn’t make me a chauvinist. In fact, I have met many women who don’t have as much female friends as they have male ones. Are they chauvinists too?
Why don’t these people who call for more females to be put in political offices (or other offices for that matter) also call for more women to be pushed further up on the war front in our battle against Boko Haram. At least we see the photos and videos, the battlefields are dominated by men.
Another thing that gets to me is how when it comes to sexual offenses, we go in hard on the men but stutter when it comes to women. Yet we scream gender equality.
I will treat a man who physically assaults a man the same way I will treat him if he assaults a woman. Same goes for a woman who physically assaults a man.
I love women, I admire them, I think they’re amazing but all these feminists should start with the female folk first and stop treating men as enemies.