OUR women have come again o!!! On March 15, 2016, a landmark verdict was given unanimously inside the ornate chamber of the Nigerian Senate. The nay apostles, in a moment of epiphanic rapture, turned down the most challenging bedroom revolution of our time – gender equality bill. Kudos mates!!! Since the rejection of the bill, I have been taking soundings across the gender divide and the outcome has been outrageously heated, polemically challenging and morally chastening. Nigerian women are angry. Even, spaces for liberal commentary are turning into subjective intellectual terrain where women opinion makers are lobbing polemical grenades against Bukola Saraki, the Senate President and his over-bloated, over-pampered, over-paid, over-indulged, over-sexed and backward thinking co-travellers in the war of the sexes.
The full lunacy of the gender parity issue has taken its own life form in the space of days and the sexual genuflections are yet to die a natural death. Our women are now yoking away their old superficiality to announce, with feminine viciousness, that we now live in a woman’s world, and for that reason, men should climb down from their old totem height of dominance, arrogance, superiority and control. They are aware that power concedes nothing without a fight. It never did and it never will. Conscious of this paradigm – this genetic coding in men – the Nigerian women have vowed to use bottom power, blackmail, intimidation, gender activism, social media and collective insurrection to force a recantation of the Senate rejection of female equality with men. Some of them have threatened sexual famine for their men in the bedroom!
It is like shouting forget comfort, fight NOW!!! But there is a problem. All their desire to extirpate the habits of servility, obedience and subservience to men are the exact opposite of what both the Bible and our culture decreed. Probably they need to be informed that any fight for equality with men is sailing close to committing gross sin against the male species ordained to be the head of woman. Verses of the Holy Bible speak of total submission to the man as the head of the house. Even, our patriarchal community derive its power from the fixed hierarchy of the sexes. In Nigeria I am yet to see any woman coroneted as Oba, Obi or Sultan. Women are meant to answer to the calling shot of the king on the throne. They are meant to pamper and yield to his libidinous fantasy and do so with high efficiency.
Today, our women are waging trench-based gender warfare and deploying the language of rebelliousness in order to undo and roll back both the Biblical and cultural glue that hold our custom, tradition and belief system in place. In their quest for a more dimensionalised, de-bifurcated perspective on man versus woman relationship, they are demonising men and asking us to stem the tide of our evolutionary leap backwards.
Are Nigerian men really thinking backward because our National Assembly rejected gender equality bill? The growing feminine solidarity engendered in the public domain is too militant, impudence, hypocritical, Western-driven, culturally neutered, temporising, emotional, uncertain, dangerous, rude and audacious in its goal to dethrone men from their God-given leadership destiny.
In the Western world where there is gender equality, this freedom has given women so much latitude that marriages are no longer able to cope with the demands and stress of equal partnership with a woman. A woman in the UK could call a police officer to arrest the husband for mere argument. A woman here could ban ex-husband, through the court, not to see his own children. Cruelty may not be involved, but out of sheer bitterness and feminine vindictiveness for upmanship, a man may be subjected to all kinds of insults. These, and several other gender equality aberrations are the shaming feelings many UK-based Nigerian men do not broadcast back home. Gender equality has made men vulnerable to female accusations, tantrums and insults many Nigerian men would never accept back in their homeland.
The particularistic ideas of tradition and culture that have bind us together must not be made to snap under the weight and pressure of gender equality. By giving women the same latitude like their men, we risk pulling down the foundation, structure and institutions of our nation that have been able to withstand the counter-culture of other nations so far. This nation has had to cope with the excesses of bottom power too long. This time, the penis is envious. Isn’t there something too stifling about their call for equality?
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