Many people are feminists, and that is not crazy since all feminists want are equal rights for men and women. However, a lot of people are hesitant to identify as feminists because of the negative connotations, shaped by patriarchy to distract from the intended message.
One of the biggest misconceptions that African feminists have to deal with and defend is that ‘feminism is not African’, because of course, the African man is next to God and woe betide anybody who challenges that narrative.
Thanks to feminism, we live in a world where women can vote, drive, work and get an education – we’re sure that people are glad they have this kind of access.
In the African context, it’s feminism that got rid of harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation and breast ironing. However some Africans who refuse to embrace feminism want to enjoy the benefits that feminism allows, but want other people to do the work.
A lot of these ideals stem from a lack of information which in this day and age can only be pegged to laziness. Blogs such as Ms Afropolitan aim to connect feminism with critical reflections on contemporary culture, society and politics from an Africa-centred perspective.
While her views might not always be ideal (there’s always room for improvement), it is always really good to have a safe space to have these conversations, especially given that people in modern day are still socialised using archaic and outdated ideals.
If you’re looking for a space to reaffirm your womanhood in an African context, then Ms Afropolitan is your go-to. Otherwise, if you don’t know enough and you feel like you need more information, this is also your go-to!