Gender Stereotypes in Uganda and How to Defy Them

18 February 2013 by Joe Dramiga, posted in Uncategorized

It’s easy to think that some behaviors are just inherently male or female. Boys like to play with trucks. Girls like to play with dolls. Traditionally, the female stereotypic role is to marry and have children. She is also to put her family's welfare before her own; be loving, compassionate, caring, nurturing, and sympathetic; and find time to be sexy and feel beautiful. The male stereotypic role is to be the financial provider. He is also to be assertive, competitive, independent, courageous, and career-focused; hold his emotions in check; and always initiate sex.

Now what can we do about such stereotypes? The first thing is to change our mindset - which will hopefully lead to a change in our behavior. So how do we change the mindset? By comedy because comedy is a vehicle of the truth.

Moliere said: The duty of comedy is to correct men by amusing them.

Comedy as a genre is something that does not get its due regards. Probably the clearest way to discuss the merits of comedy would have to be through film, primarily because most people have watched way more movies than they have read books (there’s nothing wrong with this).

Gender stereotypes are also influenced by cultural and religious settings - for this reason I will apply this approach on gender stereotypes in Uganda and I'd like to introduce to you the Ugandan comedian Anne Kansiime.

Kansiime has found a funny and enlightening way to defy gender stereotypes in Uganda. For edutainment I would like to share three of her sketches with you. I think even if you are not familiar with the ugandan cultural setting you will enjoy them and learn something about gender stereotypes in Uganda and yourself.

You must date me!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qVk-VVXuz0

Will you marry me?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvMpRgmQ0oM

Condom sharing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_kZ58Mo6y0

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