Friday, 24 October 2014

When Thoughts Translate into Paper.

Feminism found me, in short brief greetings, until I connected the pieces and ever since then, I have been set free. 

Align with interpretation, there are many different ways to be a Feminist - I assure you, Caitlin Moran would agree with my claim.
If we, as individuals, attempted to group 'feminism' as one it would limit the Feminist. Furthermore, to reiterate, we are individuals, thus cannot be grouped.

To put it quite simply: Feminism is a belief (or movement) that all women are human beings who should be treated equally as that other sex...
From then and so forth you can add your own convictions.

As a Black African Woman Feminism for me will not be the same as a Radical Feminist career Woman living somewhere in London.

As African women, we still embrace motherhood and care-giving. We have mothers or even sisters who are married in polygamist marriages and families which still hold sacred traditional views and teachings; however the recipe is realizing that all the above (and more) is not all who we are.

Black Women suffer double oppression, first for our blackness and second for our womaness. In many of our countries children are still being sold off as child brides, never receiving the opportunity of education, independence or freedom.

African women living in rural East Africa still undergo FGM in the name of traditional rituals - which I like to call cultural enslavement.

There are many more things I could list, but if I did so, you would be reading this for days. For now, As Africans and African Women let us allow ourselves to be honest in how we perceive ourselves because in honesty comes truth, and truth can bring forth change. Despite the state and setbacks of Africa, I am proud of being Black. I would not trade my skin for anything.

With love, The African Feminist.

@FezekaMkhabela (personal twitter)