Being cancelled is the new being woke, so they say. But, does it leave room for tolerance, one’s own side of the story and contrary opinions or belief? According to the pop culture dictionary, cancel culture refers to the popular practice of withdrawing support for public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive.
While most of the cancelling happens on and via social media, there have been dire consequences for people who have been cancelled for picking a stand that is unpopular to what most people believe and in the end are no longer wanted or supported publicly leading to people boycotting their products or services.
But, in the era where contrary opinion that does not blend with what the majority want gets cancelled, what role is feminism playing and what fate does it have and can it be cancelled too?
Nafula Wafula, an advocate for gender equality and human rights explains what it takes to have feminism create an impact during this era.
She says, ‘’Feminism is the equality of the sexes in access to social, political and economic rights and the belief that all persons were created equal and should have equal access to opportunities and that women’s rights are human rights.’’
With many misconceptions and myths of what feminism is, such as the belief that feminism is a western concept, could it be that really, feminism can be seen throughout the African history despite most of the patriarchal inequality seen today being a result of imperialism?
‘’Feminism is inherently African and we can see that in pre-colonial leadership structures and practises. There is also the belief that feminism is anti-Christian, God created all persons as equal, and the sexist practices in the bible were as a result of the culture in existence as the time and not because God endorses sexism.’’ Elucidates Nafula Wafula.
Is there equality between women in terms of resources, opportunities and visibility between the young and the older women?
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