In order to reduce sexist talk in our society, we need to start from our homes. Men in the workplace and place of worship are capable of changing right from inside their homes but if we continue to listen to them bringing other women down just for the fun of it, they will have no incentive of changing.
Being female in Nigeria need not be all negatives. As I grew older I realise amongst many derogatory comments I got thrown at me not for no other reason but for being a woman, the ones I am most affected by was from home – from father or close relatives.
Outside, I tend to stand up for myself as much as I can, sometimes when it’s not worth the effort, I hissed and moved on.
Last week a Lagos based book club inspired hashtag #beingfemaleinnigeria where ladies of all ages share their views of being talked down by their male friends just because they were female.
I used to be just be quiet when my father said something about women that were stereotypical as I thought he is ‘old school’, but these days, often I’d ask him “Is that the way you see me, daddy?” Over the years, I have seen positive changes in his…
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