Literary Discourse

Tuesday 25th August, 2020

Literary Discourse

Feminism and Femininity

Introduction 

If it is IDEOLOGICAL, it is FEMINISM. But if it is PHYSIOLOGICAL, it is FEMININITY. Are you confused, dear reader? Ohhhh don’t be, please! 🤪🤪🤪! The following explanation may increase comprehension: 

Feminism 

FEMINISM refers to the advocacy for social, political, and economic rights and interests of women. According to the Encyclopedia Brittanica, FEMINISM is largely a Western ideology by origin, but currently a global concept in practice. Perhaps, FEMINISM has been propounded in response to the patriarchal dominance in most cultures of the world since the dawn of creation. 

Femininity 

In contrast, FEMININITY means the physiological characteristics of women. In other words, it is about the quality, state, or degree of being a woman. Call it womanhood, and you are right. 

Morphological Properties 

To maximize comprehension, we may examine the two words in the context of morphology. Obviously, FEMINISM and FEMININITY are from the same lexical ancestor: FEMININE. In this sense, FEMININE is the free morpheme (root), and the bound morphemes (dependent) are as follows: 

● Feminine: (free morpheme) + ism (bound morpheme) = FEMINISM 

● Feminine: (free morpheme) + ity (bound morpheme) = FEMININITY 

In terms of word classification, both of them are nouns, and the related word “feminist” is either a noun or an adjective depending on the context. 

Illustrative Sentences 

The following illustrative sentences could enhance our understanding of this discourse: 

Feminism 

● Njelwuni is an advocate of FEMINISM.

● Neindoo believes that FEMINISM is incompatible with Dagbon Tradition. 

● Kataali, yesterday, described FEMINISM as a Western Ideology of global acceptance. 

Femininity 

● Empathy is an attribute of FEMININITY.

● Early menopause is one of the concerns of FEMININITY in contemporary African society. 

● Many Ghanaians regard Yaa Asantewa as a symbol of powerful FEMININITY. 

Feminist

● One of the justifications of the FEMINIST advocacy is gender inequality in the world. 

In this sentence, “feminist” is used as an adjective describing the noun “advocacy.”

● Wumpini, Wuntiti, and Wuninmi are the famous FEMINISTS in Batang Yili. 

In this sentence, “feminists” is a plural noun functioning as a complement of the verb (of state) “are.” 

Conclusion 

In conclusion, LITERARY DISCOURSE takes this opportunity to state its position on FEMINISM. While we abhor the irresponsible male dominance of the world, we DO NOT succumb to the so-called FEMINIST AGENDA based on Western Civilization. It is true that, all over the world, Gender Literature is replete with alarming data on abuse of women. But it is equally factual that a considerable population of men too are subjected to MATRIMONIAL BONDAGE characterized by FEMINIST TYRANY. Therefore, ours is neither FEMINISM nor MASCULINISM if the word exists. Ours is HUMANISM, a model premised on GENDER EGALITARIANISM in the collective interest of HUMANITY. Yes, we believe that what matters is not GENDER DISPARITY or SUPREMACY, but GENDER  HARMONY and EQUALITY to enhance the UNITY and STABILITY of HUMANITY. 

Allah is the Best Linguist.

Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Marzuq Abubakar Azindoo, Senior Lecturer of University of Applied Management, Director of Communications of the Office of National Chief Imam of Ghana (ONCI).