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Ciku Kimeria
Writer, Adventurer, Development Consultant, Travelblogger
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Tuesday, 05 February 2019

The Constant Exhaustion Of Living As A Feminist In Deeply Patriarchal Societies

Some days, more than others, I feel the weight of the patriarchy on my shoulders. I feel so frustrated by this life which feels like a constant struggle to prove that being a woman does not make me "less than". Being a feminist in this patriarchal world almost always feels like an uphill battle. Every now and then, though, I meet other unapologetic African feminists (both female and male) or discover something – a song, a podcast that makes me want to jump up and clap! Realizing that there are so many pockets of people who feel the same way, people whose jaws drop when they have to deal with the same patriarchal nonsense. It's a source of comfort for the days when I feel drained. 

She said what she said is a segment on the girlslikeme podcast hosted by Doreen (@DoreenGLM) and Joan (@JoanCGLM) and guest host Adaku. 

SSWSS is a segment where we unapologetically discuss everyday life from our perspective as feminists. We will be sharing our opinions on topics relevant to girls like us (specifically African) who question everything we are expected to accept, that does not serve us.

I know that my life would be much easier if I was a patriarchy-princess or the type of woman who just accepted that misogyny is a part of life and found my way to get a few treats by aligning myself to the system. My soul, though, has always been imbued with a sense of justice. That means that all isms even beyond those that directly affect me – racism and sexism – always rile me up. Whether someone is being discriminated against because of tribe, race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, class, age, marital status or any other line along which we choose to diminish each other's humanity—it vexes my soul. Finding other allies in the various fights against injustice always encourages me to keep fighting the good fight, in whichever little ways I can. 
The Constant Exhaustion Of Living As A Feminist In Deeply Patriarchal Societies
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