Renown literary figure and Novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has given her take on why women are harshly criticized than men where cases of corruption or other societal wrongdoings are concerned.
Chimamanda who in a way was referring to the ongoing corruption trial levelled against former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison Madueke stated that the fact that she is a woman doesn’t mean she is above some wrongdoings mostly perpetrated by men.
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Speaking recently at the University of Edinburgh, the feminist revolutionist and crooner of “The Danger of a Single Story” speech spoken on TED talk supposedly said Madueke had been critically criticized for her wrongdoing because she is expected not to steal as a woman was a man she wouldn’t face this much ridicule from Nigerians.
The novelist and recent nominee of International Dublin Literary Award finally climaxed, saying “I think the idea of women being another specie of angel is bad for both women and men because it makes the standards uneven. I dream of a world in which women are seen as women where women are allowed to be many things.”
Here is her full thought on that:
“We shouldn’t assume, that because a person is born a woman, that person is somehow is just one step lower than an angel.
I find it quite dehumanizing for women because what is means is that women cannot be judged on the same terms as men.
I remember once a politician in Nigeria who was a woman had stolen money which is an exercise most Nigerian politicians are very adept at. She was pilloried, I remember a journalist saying and she’s a woman.
Somehow the assumption was it will be better if she was a man because then Nigerians would not judge her harshly since we expect men to steal.
I think the idea of women being another specie of angel is bad for both women and men because it makes the standards uneven. I dream of a world in which women are seen as women where women are allowed to be many things.”