Essay about Traditional Practices Regarding Women And Marriage

826 Words Oct 14th, 2015 4 Pages
3. What specific traditional practices regarding women and marriage do Sibongile, Kamba (Ngomwa), andChidinma (African Women Writing Resistance) challenge? How did the methods they used to resist those practices differ from how American women may choose to resist them?
There are many traditions the African women must follow regarding their marriage and their status as a woman. Their job as wives is to be subordinate to their husbands, have his children, and accept all the traditional practices that come with marriage. Sibongile, Kamba, and Chidinma all challenge these beliefs by going against the social norms of their culture. By doing this they are able to find happiness within themselves and stand up for their rights. Sibongile never had the intention of becoming a wife but caved to pressure from her family and peers. When Sibongile entered a relationship with Vusi she knew it was common for him to have multiple girlfriends, and although she was acquainted with these women, she knew she could not accept that lifestyle. As it states that: "In 1997 I ended the relationship... I was free from pleasing him or from having to live up to the expectations of other people and my peers." It is not common for a woman to decide to leave her spouse after committing herself to him. Sibongile had to rebel against tradition in order to find happiness. Due to her disobedience she was abducted many times by her husband and constantly lived in fear. However for her to settle for a life…

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