I want to disassociate myself from the insulting and offensive comments against Lydia Forson and womanhood by readers of my latest article. I deleted a few of the comments I saw but because they are too many and I don’t have the power over other people’s statuses, I cannot delete all. I must admit I am not able to go through all my comments most of the time. But I just want to say the offensive comments don’t represent my views. Even in my article yesterday, I stayed away from calling her names and I indicated my earlier post on Hamamat was too harsh and that I was sincerely remorseful for. Unfortunately, it came across some as being directed at Lydia.
Lydia Forson is my friend. She caught my attention with a brilliant piece she wrote last year. Lydia Forson is very intelligent and I disagree with those who said she didn’t deserve my attention. I must admit that I learnt something from her critical article about me, and I stated it in my piece. That’s how we grow. When I write such pieces, I get people who may not comment but will call me for a debate on some of my points. Ato Kwamena Dadzie handed me a book on Law and Morality. And I will be more knowledgeable than I am now after reading.
Lydia and I became friends after she wowed me with her writings. We agree on almost everything on feminism, except this issue about dressing. The fact that we disagreed or she wrote something against me doesn’t make her any less intelligent. We have mutual friends and mutual “parents” and this is not the end of our relationship. (To the dirty brains, I mean friendship. Friendship is a relationship).
Lydia is not the first friend I have disagreed with and written about. I disagreed with Kofi B Bentil and wrote a critical piece on our disagreement. But we are still as tight as the fitting ends of the capsule.
I don’t have anything against her apart from our disagreement and do not subscribe to those of you who use offensive words against womanhood because of my article. Some of those insulting Lydia Forson were the same people who insulted me when I defended her last year.
Those who think they are insulting her to please me should stop it. If you have a superior argument to make, just express it. Women empowerment is not the duty of women only. I stand for it, which Lydia also stands for. Our point of departure is that on this occasion, she thinks one action amounts to women empowerment and I think it is not women empowerment. And morality does not mean sainthood. It’s simply about right or wrong. We both have our positions on this, just like most of you don’t agree with me.
We can’t always agree, but live goes on. Have a great day.
NOTE: These picture were taken last year.
Source: Manasseh Azure Awuni/facebook