Objectification of Women: Zambian facets

Just what does objectification mean in Zambia?

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Objectification of Women: Zambian facets

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You’re getting too educated you won’t find a husband”  

-Uncle

“You’re a girl! Don’t dress like that! You won’t find a husband!”

 -Mother

“Let’s have sex. It’s no big deal. I’m a man, I have needs!”

 –Lecturer

“Look at my secretary isn’t she a worthy decoration for my office”

 – Boss

“You’re perfect for this job! Your nice body will attract more clientele”

–Coworker

“Girls cook, sweep and clean or else you won’t find a husband”

–Mother

“No man will accept this!”

 –Family

“Make me a cup of tea

–Male corporate Director to female Director

        

These are just a few of the objectifying and sexist remarks Zambian women are faced with day to day. Being treated or perceived as objects as opposed to equal beings has persisted within the Zambian society despite education, religious awareness, or social exposure. While it should be noted this in no way insinuates that this problem is exclusive to Zambia, nor is it practiced by every Zambian; it is important to note that it is especially dynamic from a Zambian/African perspective in that it comes from both men and women therefore having negative impacts on our society.  Continue reading “Objectification of Women: Zambian facets”