The Great Paradox: The fallen Bahamian man and the rising Bahamian woman.
The Fallen Bahamian Man and the Rising Bahamian Woman.
By: Jamal Archer
The struggling Bahamian male continues to search the foot prints of time for direction, he is afflicted with cultural sins passed down through the generations; his already jobless situation now exacerbated by an ailing economy. While many men in the Bahamian culture are able to access tertiary education, the larger majority look from the distance as opportunity rarely pass their way. Her Majesty’s Prison is like an inflating balloon just a minute away from exploding. Countless men blemished as social rejects, deemed unfit to thrive in the civil society.
The evolving woman of higher learning no longer wishes to negotiate on uneven terms; while the aspiration of male leadership slowly fades the rise of the independent woman surges. Countless men of scholar are bewildered by this twenty-first-century woman, some men resenting her for neglecting inherited domestic roles as a nurturer. Historically men governed as dominant in a patriarchal society; however with women leading the work force and the class rooms we are now on the brink of a more matriarchal society. The emasculated male walks with his head hung low; realizing that he cannot lead from behind.
‘That which women refer to as knowledge many men refer to as power, therefore when women seek knowledge to these men they seek power’
Some ask the question, ‘Why are men threatened by educated women?’ The truth is men are not threatened by the education the woman acquires. However, since men associate education with power, it is the renouncing of his power that threatens him. Adam and Eve gave a very profound view of what seems like a woman’s search for knowledge that threatened the authority or power of the man.
Genesis chapter 3 vs. 5, 6, 7
5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”
The passage above is interesting because it reveals that even though it was the man that had the authority, it was the woman who seeks knowledge. Perhaps Adam felt Eve would gain wisdom beyond which god had granted him, and she would psychologically become superior to him. Could it be that Adam saw Eves attempt to acquire Knowledge as a threat to his own authority? He may have then eaten to reinstate himself as the authority.
Bahamian women must continue to climb the ladder of academic success, although surpassing her male counterpart by an unimaginable gap. I applaud women in the Bahamas for their academic achievements, but I ponder on whether or not they are mentally equip to deal with the snowballing uneducated pool of men they have to choose from.
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
― Malcolm X