On September 30, 2020, the NGO PLANETE PAIX attended an activity organized by the French Institute of Côte d’Ivoire. This was the first talk of the 2020-2021 season which focused on the theme of Masculinities!
This exchange was the perfect opportunity for us to reflect and debate on gender stereotypes, on the construction of masculinity and femininity, on the role of education, on all forms of masculinity, in the warm atmosphere of the IFCI green theater.
During this talk we tried to define the notion of a good man. Some people define the good man in relation to the woman. For them a good man is one who cherishes, respects and treats his wife well. Instead, others recalled that one should not define a man in terms of a woman or say that a man is good because he does not beat his wife. For the latter, the good man is quite simply the one who is honest, responsible and respectful. Moreover, regarding the issue of gender stereotypes after several contradictory ideas it was noted that the man has always been considered the super hero. The one who can do everything, the one who is strong unlike the woman. So to banish this thorny thought it was suggested to avoid comparisons between man and woman tending to victimize or portray woman as a vulnerable being.
There are love relationships between man and woman, two special beings. Human beings in their own right and one of a kind. Hence their incomparability.