By Irshaad Gangat
A Muslim religious leader went viral on social media recently which angered many of its community members as well as many women across religious backgrounds and creed.
“My dear Friends in Islam, as I told the men, if there is men that still got it, go and propose and get yourself a lovebird. Like a cock have two hens or three hens, come on men, we are cocks, and get those hens inshallah,” said Mualana Dawood Samspon while detailing his upcoming second marriage.
The video caused an outcry of outraged members of the Muslim community as well as non-Muslim community members. Sampsons statements are deemed degrading, sexualising and objectivectifying of women.
The belief that men rule women goes back to the feudal system days where I believe society learnt that the patriarchal head of the household is the man of the household, however to many today it could be considered to be a thing of the past. You see single Mother families, same-sex families in existence which I believe shows us that we have modernised as a society or so we think that we have progressed.
However, one needs to ask the question: does the media play a role in teaching women that they are to be a deemed a piece of meat or not?
We see how women’s bodies are being sexually objectified and this therefore associates with their body’s appearance and sexual functions. I therefore see that the media, films and advertising singles out a women’s body to be viewed primarily for the male’s satisfaction and to grab their attention.
I believe that for some, objectification comes at a price where it may lead to mental health problems that can affect women, for example, eating disorders, depression and sexual dysfunction to name a few.
The difference comes in when self-objectification manifests in a greater emphasis placed on one’s appearance qualities rather than competence-based attributes and in how frequently a woman watches her appearance and experiences her body according to how it looks.
Self-objectification can increase a women’s anxiety about physical appearance for example, fear about when and how one’s body will be looked at and evaluated by others.
The sexier a women is portrayed in the media can have a huge impact on a women who wants to
fit in with the Jones’” or being worshipped by their ‘Blesser.’
I firmly believe that the solution is to start teaching boys and girls from a young age that there is no power struggle between them. A women is not just a piece of meat. The younger the generations are we can see that there is more equality. I hope that one day we can live in a non-sexist, equal opportunity society built on respect for one another.