THE DEMISE OF WOMANHOOD (2)

From the time I can remember, everything I did or was asked to do or would even become was deeply entrenched in the fact that I was born female. Every female can identify with the period when she would be directed to the kitchen/housework for no other reason than she was female. Or she would be stopped from playing certain games or with certain toys or in a certain manner because she was female. A young girl was groomed into becoming a woman that would eventually lead to her destiny; which was to be the perfect wife of some man, build a family with him and align with him to reach his full potential for them. From time immemorial the role of the female was hinged on her natural attributes being generally referred to as the ‘fairer sex’. Gentle, chaste,...

THE DEMISE OF WOMANHOOD

As I was headed home one evening, I got pulled over by a special duty police who asked me to prove that I am the mother of the child asleep soundly. Seeing the look on my face he answered my unspoken question that as a Federal something-something he had the right to stop anyone, search their vehicles and ask any questions. Okay. I thought it was a very bad joke and I didn’t see the humour since I was tired. He wasn’t joking. He asked me to wake her up. This was unbelievable and I told him it would be cruel to wake her as it was past her bed time anyway and I should really have her in bed. He asked why I was out with her then. Shoo! I reluctantly picked and held her up for him to see her while in a bid to wake her to which she protested; he then permitted me...

RAPE

Case in point: The Rape of the Abia State University female student by the Abia 5 Initially, I had no intention on writing on this subject but the outrage and outcry from those who watched the video clip and those who haven’t seen the video but have helped in raising awareness about the dastardly act changed my mind. In brief; a young lady was gang raped by 5 male students (now infamously named the Abia 5) and the whole sordid act was recorded and eventually it found its way unto the World Wide Web. I am at a complete loss for words Rape as a crime has been going on for centuries in different parts of the world; during wars, conflict, date rape, incestuous rape, stranger rape, intruder rape and the versions go on. There was a time in our society that the word...

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