African men as fools. African men as buffoons. This is just a general observation, I am not picking on any African writer. Seriously. Reading the works of several African writers who happen to be female, I am struck by the rising tide of misandry, that surging contempt for African men.
It manifests itself in many forms: African men as bumbling caricatures, relationship-averse, overweight butt-scratching, belching cave-men, usually absent (at least emotionally) from their kids, pathetic shadows of what they should be, perhaps as measured against an absurd asymptote – an idealized man drawn from Western feminist babblespeak.
Ikhide Ikheloa is a writer and literary critic. He is one of The Trent’s Elite Bloggers. He tweets from@ikhide.
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