Females - least protected species

2016-04-27 06:00
 Byline: ANELE MNGADI

Byline: ANELE MNGADI

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FOR as long as there is a distinction between women’s rights and human rights, the culture of patriarchy will continue to characterise interaction in the political, economic, religious and personal sphere of life.

Patriarchy is a system that is designed to detect the gender of a person and treats them accordingly. It promotes male privilege by being male-dominated, male-identified and male-centered. Patriarchy is organised around obsession with control and oppresses woman.

The system creates a power differentiation between woman and man by establishing a set of standardised roles. The role of the woman is more passive, submissive and servile while that of a man is more dominant, obstinate and uncompromising. This is also due to cultural background, where historically the man have always been superior to woman. The culture of patriarchy is one of the few that does not show any racial or cultural segregation as the ideology exist in around the globe.

As a result woman are subjected to a lot of abuse. In a module that covered social issues we were told by our lecturer that this specific module will not touch upon rape and teenage pregnancy or topics of that nature as they have already been over discussed and are boring, a typical beneficiary of the patriarchal system – for as long as females are being raped the topic will never get old. Culture of rape is a term mostly used to show ways in which society blame victims of sexual assault to normalise male sex violence, this makes it extremely hard for survivors of rape to come out because they fear being judged and ostracized or shunned by community members. No amount of nakedness is asking for rape, no amount of drunkenness is asking for rape, no amount of twerking in bum shorts is asking for rape. The cause of rape still remains to be rapist, damaged individuals who treat woman as possessions, the cause of rape are the egomaniacs with a sense of entitlement created by society in the patriarchal system. No means no – not maybe not sometimes but firmly no!

Standing in solidarity with the students of Rhodes University in their anti- rape movement #RUReferenceList for social justice – Aluta continua!

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