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African Proverbs

Rain does not fall on one roof alone ❜⁠ ⁠ ⁠ . – African proverb

❊ Rain does not fall on one roof alone which is a metaphor to demonstrate that when you think that you have the worst life among all, you need to understand that the troubles are not just confined to your life alone.

You must have the ability to realize that you should always try to find joy in every little thing you see around yourself and all that you do on a day to day basis. I know it might be easier said than done, but trust me, the moment you actually decide to do it, the best will it be for you-

You will have to embrace your life as it is-

You must try to focus on things a little more this time, and you need to find happiness amidst all that you already own instead of stressing yourself about all that you don’t have .

❊ African Proverbs⁠.⁠ ⁠

Language shapes the world. It relates us to society and with those we share it with. Through language we name the things that we think that we see, our feelings. It creates, and at the same time, represents and teaches because also by using it, we learn what each thing is, how we live together, what we believe to be true. Language is a mirror of the world in which we live, but a magic mirror like the one in Alice in Wonderland, which also teaches us the infinite possibilities to rename reality and therefore redefine it.

It does not hurt, then, to admit that to the present, language has been a sample of the patriarchal, macho society in which we have lived. In which we still live. It does not hurt, then, to understand that it is necessary to modify behaviours and thoughts by doing some work focused on the awareness and the inclusion of the feminine in language. I am not just referring to the way we speak with close friends, or by including the female in a neutral word when we talk about any profession (doctors and doctors ...), we go further.

While opinions about women in many cultures are fortunately increasingly enlightened, there are historically several proverbs that refer to half the world in a negative or clearly misogynistic way.

I put some examples:

The objectification of women, which allows us to put them at the same level of ❛ something useful to have ❜ such as a horse:

❛ A home without a woman is like a barn without cattle ❜.

Ethiopian proverb

The woman reduced to the private space, to the house, to the care, alienated and far from the public sphere:

❛ A well-furnished house makes women wise ❜.

English proverb

❛ If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a family ❜.

Ghanaian proverb

The burden and weight of the image still accompanies us today, how many times we have heard that an adult or mature man is attractive while women directly age poorly.

❛ A man is as old as he feels, a woman as old as she seems ❜.

English proverb

And of course, better silent, without the right to be a voice in any area (political, personal, labour ...)

❛ A silent woman is a gift from God ❜.

French proverb

For this I have nothing to say:

❛ A woman and a melon are difficult to choose ❜.

French proverb

Objectification, belonging, value judgments, sometimes, they treat us directly as decoration:

❛ A woman is like the moon, some nights she is silver, others gold ❜.

Armenian proverb

❛ A woman is never old when it comes to the dance that she knows ❜.

African proverb

And when we are not decoration, we are only the oven to reproduce the species:

❛ The womb of a woman is a garden with many kinds of fruits ❜.

Offensive, hurtful comments that have marked generations and generations of women and have modified their way of interacting with men, and with the world:

❛ Hell has no fury like a despised woman ❜.

English proverb

And finally:

❛ It is easier to take care of a bushel of fleas than a woman ❜.

German proverb

Working to promote and strengthen the use of inclusive language is to promote a more just, fair and a more equal world. In which to grow and relate believing and proving that men and women are equal, have the same rights and deserve the same opportunities. In short, a world with a feminist gaze is a better world for everyone.

⁠⁠Written by @irenejezabel⁠

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