As I sit quietly on a fence just behind my house, I noticed an unusual banter between a young man believed to be in his forties and a young slim lady of about nineteen to twenty years there about. I was so amazed seeing how troubled and insecure the gentleman appeared, based on his demeanor, tonation and gesture.
I immediately fell-aback and knocked completely into a cogitating-mode. After a careful thought about the perceived threat posed by active and vociferous feminist, one of the strongest, yet least discussed, forms of prejudice in our current society is ‘hate’ and sometimes fear of ‘vociferous feminists’.
To further amplify the philosophical thought of feminine threat and hate, I came across a renowned Researcher who measured the clinical responses of bigots to various stimuli. The results were fascinating; in that “anti-feminism provokes a stronger phobic reaction (irrational visceral fear) than most common prejudices do”. Reportedly, his experiment shows that homophobia produces the strongest phobic reactions.
Many persons have suffered wide attack and denigration as feminist or for supporting feminism in our society than for any other political view. Example of feminists who have suffered such attacks include Samia Nkrumah (daughter of Ghana’s first President), Madam Akua Donkor (Founder of Freedom Party), Valentina Nana Agyeiwaa (popularly known as Afia Schwarzenegger), Nana Aba Anamoah (formally of TV 3), Victoria Hammah (former Deputy Minister of Communications), Dr. Zenator Agyeman-Rawlings (NDC parliamentary candidate for Korle Klottey constituency) and many others.
Feminist threat and hate has become synonymous with common sexism and I believe should not be distinguished. A bit of public advocacy, discourse or debate on this silent but escalating trend would be a good start, since people tend to think more rationally about critical issues once there’s a cross-sectional dialog about them.
I believe a good and thought-provoking starting point that could stimulate an overwhelming public discussion across the length and breadth of this country, could be: “President John Dramani Mahama appoints Dr. Zenator Agyeman-Rawlings as his running mate for election 2016”.