Role Categorization of Women in African Society

             The women of Africa have endured the systematic oppression of their development for countless of years due to elements in cultural, political and, historical events. Long before British-colonial occupation and the slave trade, the male dominated African tribal culture adhered to many oppressive yet accepted and structured forms of role categorization of women in African society. One can begin to understand the lineage of African women's' developmental encumbrance. The position of women in pre-colonial Africa was impeded mainly because of cultural aspects of their way of societal existence.

             African females would be type-cast from birth and instructed in manners of learning subservience, as is the case of human behavior in most societies, as strict and hindering gender roles determined the path of their life (Dennis 69).

             As young girls, African females developed very closely with their mothers and would acquire the constricting elements that continue the ongoing chain of events. The young females would take part in the daily duties of their mother and learn the oppressive traits, as did their female ancestors before them. They would perform backbreaking chores for the tribal family in preparation and guidance to their preset life stature. The developing youths would perform the very chores for their male parent that would prime them for subservience to other men in time to come. They would walk for great lengths to procure heavy buckets of water that was balanced on the head in most tribes, as well as perform other domestic duties such as: cooking, cleaning, sewing and mending garments, and other such tasks required of developing bride prospects.

             The same held true for the young males of the tribe who performed male specific duties with their fathers at times. They would be also negatively conditioned to become dominant over females of the tribe as they worked ceaselessly with the seasons crops and other provisional duties.

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