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Niyi Ademoroti: Why Eunice Atuejide’s Comments on Feminism are Just Sad and Tired



Why Eunice Atuejide's comments on Feminism are Sad | BellaNaijaIn the most basic sense, feminism is hinged on the ideology that men and women are equal, and should be afforded the same opportunities.

How is this so difficult to understand?

Maybe we should expect it from men (after all, people are seldom willing to give up their privileges), but what about the women who have come forward to denounce feminism outrightly? How do you firmly stand against an ideology that benefits you?

Too many people have said that while they believe in the equality of the sexes, and want women to be afforded same opportunities, they refuse to be identified with feminism.

The list is filled with influential names: German councillor Angela Merkel and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, for example.

Most recent is a Nigerian presidential aspirant Eunice Atuejide, who, on her Twitter, has made it very clear that she isn’t a feminist.

It’s easy to understand why Merkel and Grabar-Kitarovic do not want to be associated with the feminist label: their politics lean to the right and the tag could take a bite out of their political capital. (Grabar-Kitarovic is also anti-abortion.)

But what’s Atuejide’s excuse?

Well, the truth is, in Nigeria among many other places, being a feminist comes with some flak.

The word feminist, in several circles, is a “bad” word. To them, it describes a woman who refuses to acknowledge the physical differences between the sexes. A woman who disrupts the order created by God. A woman who wants to take a man’s place in the society (and the home).

And no one wants to be seen as that- especially in a country like Nigeria where religion is the driving force of the community.

But, the misconstrued belief of what feminism is, is far from the truth of what it is. A quick and proper research of what feminism is will provide accurate information. Those who are truly interested in understanding the principles of feminism and the different intersections that exist within it, know that knowledge is easily attainable.

Feminism recognizes the difference between the sexes, while insisting they should be given equal respect.

Feminism focuses on the empowerment of all women (and is called feminism) because it is the women who have been more disadvantaged in our society. Feminism encompasses the elevation of the rights of all women (class, races and sexuality notwithstanding)

Let’s take politics for example. Do women in politics have the same access as men? Or do we (automatically) set different standards for women?

Twitter user @dondekojo shared an enlightening thread.

The entire idea of feminism is that the standards set for men and women in all aspects are the same; that women get just the same amount of flak (or praise) as men when they do or say the same things. Simple. It’s crazy that this still needs explaining.

If you believe that men and women should be given equal opportunities in the society, that’s all it takes to identify as feminist. Equality and equity.

Eunice Atuejide’s tweet came with the condemnation of the fact that the 2019 presidential aspirants who formed a coalition on Tuesday were all men, that female aspirants like herself, Elishama Ideh and Remi Sonaiya were not invited to sit at the table – that itself is a feminist stand.

That she and the other women can even run to become president of a country (and that women today can vote) is due to the hard work of the feminism she casually condemns.

It really is sad that Atuejide misunderstands what feminism is. (And the entire washing plate argument is too tired, can we, please, retire it?)

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