Ay, in the catalogue ye go for men,
95As hounds and greyhounds, mongrels, spaniels, curs,
Shoughs, water-rugs, and demi-wolves are clept
All by the name of dogs. Macbeth act 3scene 1
Discourses on the emancipation of men in a patriarchal society have been debated as radicalism. For years Universal Declaration of Human Rights, CEDAW of 1979, Beijing Declaration and PFA of 1995, Millennium Development Goals (Goal no. 3), SADC Gender Protocol, SDG goal number 5 (achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls) has been advocating for equal rights but with women taking the precedence which has left the society unbalanced impoverishing the men which has led to a plethora of social injustice issues. Patriarchy has definitely done more harm than good to men. Personally, for decades I was framed to believe that men are the strongest beings on earth until I watched my father wailing and screaming in pain and yet the people were echoing the same old chant that men are strong and don’t cry. I saw how fragile a big-boned, military man was going through day in day out that me to strongly believe that men are human and they hurt too.
For years I have interpreted the above-mentioned quote: Act 3 scene 1 line 94 of Macbeth written by William Shakespeare in the context of the era the play was written until recently I realized men in our society also are not a homogeneous group, they have different personality traits. Impartially like women men are raped, molested, rejected, victims of gender-based violence, bullied and also depress over things like heightism just as women are concerned about their weight. For years I have made it a point to observe all the men in my circles. My observations were shocking, some have been sinking into depression, becoming alcoholics, developing phobia for marriage and some have been unfairly treated by the judiciary system as well as the workplace once they revealed their gender that is against the norm. This has left me with a lot of unanswered questions. Are men not human? How can the society work together to achieve equality of both men and women without leaving the other gender compromised?
What I picked is that society puts pressure on men by implying that men are alpha, unshakable and powerful beings when in actual fact they are also emotional beings just like women. This is the reason why proponents of gender equality are ignored because it is believed that men can achieve more when in actual fact, they are our equals… if not less emotionally intelligent than women.
Stephney Boose is an actress and model turned singer from Virginia, Freestate. She is intensely passionate about being...