Back in the primary school, I learnt that a black sheep is an expression used to refer to “a member of a family or group who is regarded as a disgrace to it.” The expression is derived from the 18th-century proverb, “There is a black sheep in every flock.” And the meaning has not changed even in this age of weird manifestation of feminism.
Now that I have been able to convince the expert faultfinders and the sincerely ignorant critics that I am not literally calling somebody’s daughter a sheep, let me go on and attempt to convince the feminists that I have no problem with feminism.
The dictionary defines feminism as “the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.” Men and women or boys and girls must be treated equally and given equal opportunities to explore their God-given potentials. So I have no problem with feminism. Neither do I have any problem with those championing this noble cause, feminists. I agree with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie that we should all be feminists.
My beef, however, is with the Boko Haram feminists. You can also call them Al-Quaeda or ISIS feminists. I mean the extremists, the fundamentalists who have stretched the concept of feminism beyond its sane limits. Here, I am talking about the apostles of waywardness whose defence mechanisms is to find justifications for their own moral deficiencies by hiding behind feminism to promote lifestyles that generally are unacceptable in their societies.
In fact, feminism is like Christianity. Christianity is a good religion. We have the true prophets and preachers who are shaping the world with the spiritual and practical application of the Word of God. We also have the conmen, who use the gospel to steal, kill and destroy the very people they are supposed to save. Both groups profess the same Christian faith and wield the same bible.
I believe in feminism, but my main point of departure is when they now want to tell us those sane women who strip naked and put their photos on the internet are making feminist statements. Even when it is clear that the person is doing that purely for money or may be going through some psychological problems and need help, the feminists want us to believe they are confident and love their bodies.
I have just read a disturbing article written by a Ghanaian radio and television presenter called Anita Erskine, in which she described the teenager whose naked video went viral on social media last week in similar terms.
“You are extremely bold and confident. You love yourself. You are way bolder, confident and true to yourself love than some of us were at your age and even are in our adult life,” Anita Erskine wrote in a supposed letter to Rashida.
Rashida, a basic school dropout, got social media attention last year when she released a distasteful video of herself. The video was full of insults directed at her ex-boyfriend. She did not spare her ex-boyfriend’s mother and mocked his albinism. In that video, the teenager boasted about her sexual prowess and said when she met the guy, she was the one who taught him how to have sex. This suggests she was even sexually active before she met him.
Views on the video were varied. Some people thought it was distasteful and condemned the content. Others, however, thought they should let her live her life. It wasn’t anybody’s business.