TheSuperior World View of Man
TheSuperior World View of Man
SinceI was a child, I was raised to believe that men were superior beingsthat were to be adored and revered. And as I grew up, I realized thathistory had already immortalized that ideology from the corners oflanguage, religion, leadership, education, and even in familyinstitutions. But come to think of it, who fought for ourindependence, who established social institution, who is seen asprovider of security in a family is it not men? And are theseideologies not shared and widely accepted by most women? Why then thefuss about equality when already women have sidelined some things tobe seen as manly. Tell women to do plumbing, wielding, andconstruction job or paint a building and the question of equality inthat area is put to rest. Men have dominated society as they tookrisks, which had more rewards. The aggressiveness of men has led totheir rise and it is unfair to claim equity in sharing something whenone party had to lose a lot than the other. Many men have died inbattle grounds and risked their lives so that their countries andhomes might have peace when women where back home participatingthrough prayers. It is thus expected to find little history thatglorifies women compared to men. Having a son in some society wasseen as a glorious thing, while a girl child was welcomed with afrown. Sons were seen as signs of strength and carriers ofgenerational family names, while women were not seen beyond beingwives and custodians of a kitchen these facts are true though theymight be bitter to women. I will carry my family name while my sisterwill carry her husband’s name if we chose to be married. Yet Idon’t disagree with women, they have a point when they seek aneutral ground as they have suffered to be heard in a world of man’slanguage.
Let’sget into details on how genderlect has been a hot topic in sociallinguistics. Wardhaugh (2006) noted that the use of language differsin intonation, words, grammar phonology, topic choice as well as bodylanguage signs that accompany speech. When we were children we usedsimilar language, but as we mature and fit in established socialinstitutions, genderlect becomes more pronounced. For instance,language has favored men this can be elaborated through two words,mistress, and master. Master is used to detonate a male person whohas a sexual relationship with a woman who is not his wife, whilemistress refers to the female version of Master. Master is describedin a special way with respect, while the word mistress is used lessfavorably (Wardhaugh, 2006). It is wrong for the society to regardthe same thing differently, because of the issue of gender. We livein a world that treasures equality, and if this is true, it shouldalso be reflected in our languages. Daly believes that to change theposition of a woman in the society, we need to alter language and Iagree with her (Spender, 1998).
Also,in religion goddess is a symbolism of idol worship as it is believedthat there is no female god. Where the word god appears in religion,it is revered and adored but goddess has almost been wiped out. Inchapter six, thepolitics of naming,Daly’s arguments are used to show how women are aggrieved by theworld of a man’s opinion (Spender, 1998). In the Holy Bible, peoplehave been referred as god, several times Jesus replied, “is it notwritten in your law: I have said you are gods,” (John 10:34). Also,“I said, you are gods and all of you are sons of the Most High,”(Psalm 86:6).” But the word goddess has never been used to refer toChristians. Daly in Man-madeLanguagepinpoints that for some funny reasons, the Hebrew has no word thatdefines or can be translated into a goddess(Spender,1998). Thus, Daly faults the writers of the Bible as men seekingpolitical relevance as they did everything in their power to deductthose stories that deviated from masculine God (Spender, 1998).
Also,women have been reduced to discuss issues that are emotional innature about themselves. It is normal to the society for women togossip around about their marriage stories as the society regardsthem to be idle, while if men did that it would be seen as an oddthing (Wardhaugh, 2016). This reduces the dignity that is accorded towomen because they are seen incapable of discussing substantialissues. Furthermore, there are some word choices that are seen as avocabulary of women, such as sweet, cute, charming and adorable amongothers (Wardhaugh, 2016). The use of these words among men is seen asa sign of weakness, but because women are weak as defined in theman’s world they can use them. Moreover, the society expects thatwomen should communicate in soprano while men in tenor and bass whichare regarded as superior voices (Wardhaugh, 2016). It is from thevoice that an authoritative male figure has been developed, whilewomen have been reduced to soothing roles in the society (Okeke,2012).Thus, men have been tasked with the responsibility of makingthe decision for their families, which binds everyone except them. Itis for this reason, Walker (2002) says that she will fight for herposition as a woman just as her mother did, to defend women andpropagate justice and equality for all.
Anotherarea where women have greatly suffered is the field of religion andworship. Women have had very little roles to play in churches,monasteries, and mosques among others. The best roles that they havebeen playing in religion are to be members of congregation and choir,while the leadership, governance, and decision-making roles have beenleft to men. Their decisions can be heard, but seldom will they everbe followed. Rarely have we seen a woman in a higher position ofpower in the church except where she is the founder. Women have alsosuffered terribly in governmental and corporate leadership they havebeen seen as weak and incapable to make the difficult calls. Also, asthey are seen as emotional beings, the society has been designed in away people feel that women can act irrationally, thus they cannot betrusted with power. In the past, they were represented as queens andregarded with respect in honor of kings. Men have and are stillviewed as aggressive compared to women, thus why they are favored insome jobs and women are reduced to secretaries and clerks. It is forthat reason that it is easy for boys to have sleepovers than girls asthey are considered responsible and able to look after themselves,but when you look at the issues, it is clearly subjective. Also,these biases are rooted in the ideology that man is a superior beingcompared to a woman. Having such ideologies goes against theliberties of our Constitution, the supreme law of the land that allpeople are equal and should be treated fairly.
Thus,I would not be wrong to claim that we have never been equal. Thequestion every man should be asking is, “what if our genders werechanged. Would we wish to be used as the object of sexualgratification and only confined within the chores of a household orwe would wish to be in a world that sees every human being as equal?”Truly that is a sensitive question to a male chauvinist. I wish towake up in a world where my daughter and son were equals, andanything that they could achieve was based on merit where womencould be presidents, military generals, contributors and makers of afamily decision, head of corporates and partakers in the activemission of the church. For us to be truly equal, this must come topass, but if not, then we expect more feminist movements to spring upand defend their position more vehemently than ever. Rebecca Walkerand Mary Daly are just a tip of the iceberg of women that we haveseen coming out publicly to fight for a woman space in a man’sworld.
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