Patriarchy and Its Barriers Agianst Women

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WANDILE SIHLE NZIMAKWE: 211546206
2012
PATRIACAL BARRIERS FACES BY WOMEN IN THE CONTEMPORARY SOUTH AFRICA:

ETHICS OF POWER WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT: ETHS201
WANDILE SIHLE NZIMAKWE
WANDILE SIHLE NZIMAKWE: 211546206
WANDILE SIHLE NZIMAKWE: 211546206
2012
PATRIACAL BARRIERS FACES BY WOMEN IN THE CONTEMPORARY SOUTH AFRICA:

ETHICS OF POWER WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT: ETHS201
WANDILE SIHLE NZIMAKWE
WANDILE SIHLE NZIMAKWE: 211546206

Introduction
Women are meant to be treated as equal as men but in the history of all things it seems that women have been treated not as equal as men but rather as the second group accountable to men. This issue makes men to be the supreme gender and hold more power that they use in their favour and against women directly or indirectly. Men have developed an insurmountable barriers that are going to make sure that women are always somehow an inferior gender and attains nothing that will somehow be equal to men or even accumulates much power than men does. This matter has been defined as patriarchy. Patriarchy in its narrow definition means that all the powers rests with men or males and women are totally powerless. However, the other definitions of Patriarchy stresses that it doesn’t really necessarily mean that women are totally powerless but otherwise the balance of power is in favor of men. There are quite a great number of barriers that are faced by women in the contemporary South Africa. These barriers can be social, cultural and economic. These are the barriers that are mounting in every activity that takes place in the society and they are always there to exclude women. Religion is one of the barriers that women are faced with in South Africa. In every religion for example Christianity we see all high positions held or consumed by men. Not all of the churches you will find a female occupying a high position, even those who may somehow found in those high positions they do so because there is a presence of her husband in that church. But this doesn’t apply to men as well but rather a man can occupy that high position like for example to be the church Pastor with no wife of his by the side of him or even the woman is at the other church. Christians raise a number of justifications that a church has to be represented by men because Jesus was a man not a woman. And for that fact they deny being led by a woman because they see it as a disgrace and completely shameful. Other claims have been raised by male Christians that women are not allowed to be involved in the ministry and therefore when they are at church they are only obliged to sit down and listen to the service served by males. Just like 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 says that women should keep silent at church because they are not allowed to speak and all they have to do is to be submissive. They are commanded that if ever they want to learn anything they must ask from their husbands in their home because it is very shameful for women who speak in the churches. Furthered by: 1Timothy 2:11-15 that women should learn in silent and submit in full. This scripture further says that women shouldn’t be permitted to teach or have authority over men because they have been commanded to be silent. For the fact that Adam was the first to be formed then followed by Eve, Adam was not the one who got deceived but woman fell into transgression. What they have been derived to is the activities of childbearing, but only if they do so in faith, holiness and with self-control. All these Christian obligations towards women has been an extreme shut out to women in the environment and it restricts their power to be equal as men by strategically denying them to participate in Christian churches.

Traditional Structures on the other hand are contributing to the barriers that women are faced with in South Africa. African culture works in favor of men and it somehow denies the existence of women or otherwise treat them in an unfairly way than it treats men. Men in...
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