News | My Thoughts On Kennedy Agyepong’s Misogynistic Remarks About EC Boss-Charlotte Osei & the Hypocrisy of Ghanaian Women
Politics | My Thoughts On Kennedy Agyepong’s Misogynistic Remarks About EC Boss-Charlotte Osei & the Hypocrisy of Ghanaian Women
My Thoughts On Kennedy Agyepong’s Misogynistic Remarks About EC Boss-Charlotte Osei & the Hypocrisy of Ghanaian Women
Let me start by saying, MP Kennedy Agyepong’s remarks about the EC Boss-Charlotte Osei is not only grossly repugnant but also misogynistic.
It somewhat mirrors the built up of the Ghanaian society—-the deep internal problems of a large number of women in this patriarchal society always struggling to choose between their own decency and whether to pull their panties down for a male boss before even getting a job at low levels or not.
We can pretend this does not exist.
There’s no way without evidence a man and in this case a Member of Parliament should be able to throw into the air such contemptuous statement about any hard working woman with unfettered arrogance.
His actions ought to be condemned and be called for what it’s by all—and I have seen almost every corporate woman on my Facebook timeline dishing out replies and others hiding behind innuendos to make a case for themselves and Charlotte Osei.
My problem with this is not about the taste of the statement made, for that, it is undeniably s*xist and deeply offensive, an indictment on all hard working Ghanaian women.
My problem which many of my colleague writers who have in the past written extensively about the hovering and increasing misogynistic statements being championed by otherwise respected Ghanaians is, we can see a lot of hypocrisy up in the air.
We were all in this country when Dr. Mensah Otabil, Bishop Duncan Williams and some men of God with celestial arrogance made equally appalling and misogynistic statements about women—-with the exception of actress-Lydia Forson and a few other women who stood up with their keyboards against these proclamations from the pulpit, the many women I have seen condemning Kennedy Agyepong today were silent.
In fact, some of them I know sat in the same churches where these extensive chauvinistic statements were made and they continue to return to these same churches to listen to these same men each week.
It does therefore seem like, you are allowed to be a misogynist and loudly say every nasty thing about women as look as you a pastor—-only politicians are not sanctioned to do the same.
Many people I know within the Ghanaian writing and blogging-sphere, a lot of them being women, have said, they wouldn’t waste their time writing about Kennedy Agyepong’s issue because the hypocrisy of the Ghanaian female population in somewhat granting immunity to certain persons to freely be offensive to women and denying others the egregious luxury to swim in the same river is unacceptable.
Check your social media timeline to see the women deservingly lambasting Kennedy Agyepong and try to remember if you can, whether you saw these same people condemning the various pastors whose inherent prejudice against women came out of their mouths loudly.
I didn’t hear any of these pastors ever apologising and we didn’t care, so why do we think Kennedy Agyepong would? Of course he should—-but where is the precedent?
We are a society of hypocrites—-we need to demand equal respect for women from everyone, irrespective of the person being a religious or political leader, our selective condemnation does not help in achieving the general decency needed.
To be taken serious, we have to be consistent—what is true is consistent.