Questions! Questions! Questions!

Patience Nyange
Posted July 6, 2020 from Kenya

Questions! Questions! Questions!

Hey. I hope you are keeping well. Today, I have a guest writer. You will meet my one of my housemates Sidney Aburi. He claims he is my best housemate. Well, I let him be. He is asking questions and seeking answers about a topic that is so close to my heart - Gender and Feminism. Read on and when you do, be kind enough to help him get answers.

Here is the link- https://www.patiencenyange.com/questions-questions-questions/

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Jill Langhus
Jul 06
Jul 06

Hi Patience,

How are you? Thanks for sharing your guest blog post. I think Sidney isn't as "clueless" as he has aimed claimed to be:-) I think he should own his opinion, as long it's not offensive, which it isn't. Secondly, I'm not sure what "pure feminism" is or would be. It seems almost like an oxymoron to me. To me feminism is just about equal rights, so I don't see any "purity" in it, really.

To answer the question about a wanel:-), I think it depends on whether there would be prevalence of only five women panels. While I see this as quite a ways away, for me the same rule would apply as a manel, i.e., if there is consistently five women on all panels, that's not very objective or empowering for anyone.

Success to me is quite different from anyone else's view of success, i.e., it depends on the person's goals, intentions, and expectations.

I've lost the plot on the "masculinism" question:-)

I don't think feminism or a wanel should ever be viewed as "better" than. Just a different approach and view. Women shouldn't have to feel like they need to be "better." Everyone should be able to just "be themselves."

I need clarification on this one, "I may not have chosen my privilege, but can I choose to use it for the greater good?" How can you choose your privilege for the greater good?

I hope this has helped. I'm glad that he's thinking about feminism this much and how he can help create a better future.

Patience Nyange
Jul 06
Jul 06

Dear Jill,

Thank you for your feedback. Receive lots of appreciation from Sidney. Your answers are quite thought-provoking. Thank you for sharing your insights with us.

As per the privilege question and using it for his better good, he meant...He did not choose to be born male, which in itself, comes with some privileges. So he pauses the question, how can he be of help in advocating the women empowerment agenda? My thinking is, he can make a great #HeForSheAmbassador.

Jill Langhus
Jul 06
Jul 06

You're welcome:-)

That's good to hear! Yeah, I'm good at that:-)

Yes on being born male. Thanks for clarifying the rest. How does he feel that he can best advocate for women's empowerment? I think when most people ask questions they already know the answer intuitively, i.e., he may already have something in mind, or what's right for him may not be right for others, etc. Yes, that's true, too, your suggestion, I mean.

Hope you have a great week!

Patience Nyange
Jul 06
Jul 06

Thanks Jill. Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback.
I am having a great week and I wish you the same. Stay well.

Jill Langhus
Jul 08
Jul 08

You're welcome!

Great to hear:-) Thank you!

You, too:-)