Eusebius: All men benefit from patriarchal power - rich, poor, black or white

Listeners' opportunity to share what's on their minds on The Eusebius McKaiser Show highlighted issues of patriarchy and the empowerment of women.

Caller John says there is too much empowerment of women in the country which will lead to an imbalance.

This view came after Eusebius McKaiser celebrated that 63% of graduates over the weekend at Rhodes university were female.

I see a lot of emphasis being put on female development. My worry is we are creating an intended inequality amongst women and men.

John, caller

A lot of women are struggling to find men, not because there are no men, but because there are not enough successful men. There are a lot of women who says they are single...single, they are not single by choice. It's because they can't find men to match their standards.

John, caller

Eusebius raised the issue of patriarchy and said all men need to become aware of how it affects their behaviour - whether they are black or white, rich or poor. He says it is easy to think only wealthy white heteronormative white men are perpetrators of patriarchal attitudes - but this is not the case. All men need to take cognisance of this and working-class black men are also benefactors of patriarchy.

Other callers to the show went after John with guns blazing.

I don't know why the stats led to a conversation of marriage. Even if we are over represented in terms of females that's a good thing, it should be celebrated, Hallelujah.

Steven, caller

Nobody has ever disputed that women are intelligent. We have allowed men to run the show. Why would we want to be equal while we are superior anyway?

Pat, caller

Callers also weighed in on the need to empower the black child - both male and female.

We must be careful that in the quest to empower, we do not disempower the boy child and 12 years down the line we find that we have disempowered the black male child and we are saying let's rectify that mistake.

Ofentse, caller

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