Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Someone owe us ,women, an apology

OK, I know we have plenty of phrases that either degrade or some how show resentment towards women but I did not think that it went this far.
I mean, most of them are not used or are completely forgotten but I could not pass with out noting that there was apparently a time when all this phrases and proverbs were best tools of mockery or purposed to marginalize women.
 I have enjoyed most of them , honestly they cracked me up 
Enjoy !!!
source: "Setoch be Ethiopia"

22 comments:

  1. Here we go again.

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  2. interesting ... thanks for sharing. Our male-dominated culture does indeed owe our women an apology! Time to empower our women to be real men. Real men treat women on equal terms.

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  3. *correction: Time to empower our women and to be real men.

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  4. kweschn,

    What amazed me the most was that there are women out there will have accepted it that way and have been living with it.http://www.voanews.com/amharic/audio/
    listen to the 15th around the 30th minute

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  5. When the oppressed are not aware of their oppression, they are more likely to defend their oppressor and justify its actions. So, Mahlet, am not surprised when women accept and passionately defend their abusive husbands, boyfriends or abusive cultural norms such as FGM, dehumanizing statements, domestic violence, stalking, or other scenarios that put them at a disadvantage.

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  6. And in the Ethiopian case, most Ethiopian women accept their traditional status, as a passive and husband-fearing wife, because of their economic marginalization and largely due to religion n culture. The best solution is to empower them economically and to make them aware that they have equal status with me, so they can set themselves free from any form of male-domination. That is what I believe.

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  7. *correction: equal status with men, not with me. lol

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  8. I smell some kind of COUP D'ETAT in progress. Zeraf! Zeraf!

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  9. Elyas,
    True, the awareness need to be in the premise of defending the weak and for that I prefer the term "the oppressed" and the purposed action of making them independent mentally. Gender issue is mostly sensitive because you would either be labeled as fundamentalist or a chauvinist
    "equal status with me" is a bit patriotic ..lol

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  10. Malesupermacy ..lol zeraf this is not about a coup but stopping oppression

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  11. I agree with you, Mahlet. But being mentally independent is not enough to throw down the shackles of oppression ... economic independence is a must! Without them being economically independent, they will go back to square one. A mentally free woman, if she has no means to survive, she may one way or another succumb to an economically well-to-do man who may treat her like an object. And her case is more depressing than a women who is not free mentally. aymeslishim? :)

    ... you should not be worried too much being labeled this or that ... as long as you know you are fighting for a just cause!

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  12. *correction: And her case is more depressing than a woman who is not free mentally, i.e., a woman who is not aware of her oppression. when you are not aware, mostly you only blame your own bad luck.

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  13. Yeah it is even worse,the reason I said mentally free is because a mental free woman is independent and a survivor and will be able to secure economic independence

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  14. agreed! ...

    Here is an example of an Ethiopian organization for Ethiopians that liberates women and empowers them economically at the same time: http://www.kmgselfhelp.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7&Itemid=3 ... the efforts of this organization show that just creating awareness is not an end in itself, but a means to an end. ...

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  15. Thank you Elyas for sharing this link.It is indeed a great task

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  16. You are welcome, Mahlet. I am glad you find it helpful, and hopefully it will inspire you more to do the same for dis-empowered women when you get the chance as the founders of the organization are doing now; I am saying this coz it has inspired me and when I get the chance I know what to do. Cheers,

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  17. ihite;
    ke adebabay blog be mirit izih meTahu. I like what I saw. I am surprised to see the proverbs you hight lighted. Are these the only ones? Commmmmon

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  18. These are the once I found so far.And I found them by accident and isn't very useful in any way but some thing we can refer to as the dark sides of culture.

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  19. Emi,
    There is no dark side. It is who we are with our strength and weaknesses. I will consider it as a lesson from our history.
    Hope to read more of your stuff regularly. Keep it up sis!

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