Does being a girl or a woman make you a slave or a house help in your home?




 Listen to this conversation and answer this question: Does being a girl or a woman qualify someone to play the role of the slave of the family? Or the house help? 

TABA: Who sweeps the floor in your house?
MAMA: My girl or I.
TABA: What of your boy and your husband?
MAMA: They pocket their hands and do nothing.
TABA: Who dry-cleans and mobs the floor?
MAMA: I do it or my girl does it.
TABA: What about your husband and your boy?
MAMA: They do nothing
TABA: Who does the cooking in your house?
MAMA: I do it or my girl does it.
TABA: What about your boy and your husband?MAMA: They do nothing.TABA: Who fetches firewood from the forest? MAMA: If I don’t , my girl does it.TABA: What about your boy and your husband?MAMA: They do nothing.TABA: Who fetches water from the well?MAMA: My girl does it or I do it.TABA: What about your boy and your husband?MAMA: They do nothing.TABA: Who bathes and dresses the baby in your house?MAMA: My girl does it or I do it.TABA: What about your boy and your husband?MAMA: They do nothing.TABA: Who feeds the baby?MAMA: I do it or my girl does it.TABA: What about your boy and your husband?MAMA: They don’t do anything.TABA: Who carries the baby on the back?MAMA: I do it or my girl does it.TABA: What about your boy or your husband?MAMA: They don’t do anything.TABA: Who cajoles the baby to sleep?MAMA: I do it or my girl does it.TABA: What about your boy and your husband?MAMA: They do nothing.TABA: Who runs the risk of not going to school in your house?
MAMA: My daughter.
TABA: What about your boy?
MAMA: He is a man. We will do everything for him to go to school.TABA: Who is likely to be forced to marry at an early age?MAMA: My girlTABA: What about your boy?MAMA: He is a man. He will marry when he likes.TABA: Who is likely to drop out of school for one reason or the other?MAMA: My girl.TABA: What about your boy?MAMA:  We do everything to make sure he goes to school.
TABA: Who goes to  the farm to till or harvest food?MAMA: My girl and I.TABA: What about your boy and your husband?
MAMA: They don’t do such dirty work. It is for us women.TABA: Who goes to the kitchen to cook?MAMA: My girl and I.TABA: What about your boy and your husband?MAMA: They are too important to go into the kitchen to cook.TABA:  That is not fair. You and your girl do all the work in your house.MAMA: Yes.TABA: What about the men?MAMA: They relax. Watch television or browse.TABA: Do you find that normal? Is it just?MAMA: That is the way it is in my country. The women do all the work. The men relax.TABA: But that is unacceptable. It is discrimination and social injustice. Things must change.MAMA:  Hahahah! We are used to. We like it.TABA: The work must be shared. You women must  do some; and the men must do some.Women cannot continue to be victims of such discrimination.  It is a shame! Women are not slaves. To be a woman is not equal to being a slave.
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2 thoughts on “Does being a girl or a woman make you a slave or a house help in your home?

  1. Alma

    Unfortunately, this is still true in many parts of the world. It’s slowly changing in America. But a society can not reach it fullest potential with this kind of backward thinking.

    Liked by 1 person

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