Being a woman in male-dominated fields is not a breeze. As if day to day workplace stress is not enough, some sexist workplace conventions further reduce the quality of the working experience for women.
One of the most palpable elements of the patriarchy is the rigid gender role impositions on men and women. Society prescribes what passes as acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and scorns and punishes anyone who fails to fall neatly behind the line.
Women are often seen as objects of pleasure and gratification devoid of thoughts and feelings. In this context, the focus is objectification along sexual lines and not in terms of male entitlement to disparaging physical labour from women.
Patriarchy is interwoven with the very fibre of Nigerian society. The predominance of the belief that man is supreme and woman subordinate is evident so much so that it has tainted every aspect of our lives including our legislation.
The treatment of women as secondary human beings is pervasive in all aspects of patriarchal societies like Nigeria. Everyday, mundane, unproblematic activities like renting an apartment (where there are no financial difficulties) should be relatively simple.