Media personality, Bonnie Mbuli, took to Twitter to get a few pet peeves off her chest recently about the role of black women in society and how their value is connected so often to the value they add to men
Twitter has become something of a soapbox, or pulpit, from which people “preach” or raise issues that weigh heavily on their minds.
Briefly.co.za has noticed that, especially on weekends, the platform becomes the site of robust debate as people ventilate issues they feel are important and need to be discussed.
Bonnie Mbuli recently decided she wanted to get something off her chest about the role of black women in society and how they are valued.
"We are shamed for not having children, called used goods when we have had children. Society, especially men have relegated a woman’s worth to the servicing of their consumption whims. Woman, do you, on your terms, for your own fulfillment,” she tweeted.
"When men are absent they are still requiring women to spend their strength in service to their responsibility and lack of accountability. Let us teach our girl children the value of their agency, it must enter into their minds from an early age that marriage is something you choose, having children is something you choose, it is not your duty, and does not validate your existence as a woman."
Of course, not everyone agreed with her. Some objected to her describing women as not being powerful with one tweep even saying both his grandmothers were powerful and strong women and another resorting to that favourite Twitter pass time, mansplaining.
She also described society and work environments as "hostile towards women", saying for this reason women need to forge their own path.
The counter arguments were made, to which Mbuli swiftly responded.
"Black women are sowing new seeds and laying new foundations to build the kind of communities that allow them to thrive, we are leaving those oppressive, stifling roots that have strangled our power for far too long."
Peach sister! Briefly.co.za applauds Mbuli’s stance on empowering women of Africa.
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