I come from one of the most patriarchal communities in Kenya, the Maasai. One of the most diverse and well moraled community. I deeply appreciate my culture and upbringing and all that it has taught me as a person. With some of the things that we have integrated into our culture like education and different kinds of religions, unfortunately we still lag behind in gender equality.
Women are still viewed as “objects” of the man. Some women are still subjected to things like Female Genital Mutilation, early marriages and not being able to own property.
I strongly believe that for us to correlate in a very peaceful way, the men of today should let go of that past beliefs and embrace equality. Even as we do our different roles, we should be complimenting each other and not viewing each other as less than the other. And the latter is what causes a lot of toxic femininity. When the woman’s voice is heard and respected, we will not have any of these clashes that are experienced every day.
May we learn to respect one another and live in harmony.