The Male Child Vs The Female Child

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I lived in a Face-Me-I-Slap-You (Face-Me-I-Face-You) with not just the landlord but his two adult children. His son stays in one of the rooms with his children and wife. The other, his daughter, divorced or chased from husband's house, stays in another room with her own children. Their aged father (the landlord) occasionally picked quarrel with her and would ask her to leave his house, go back to her husband, find a husband etc. She seriously contemplated moving out to go rent another house after a quarrel one day. I don't know what happened in her marriage. She thinks her father and brother hate and don't want to see her, even said her brother wants to kill her. She and her brother quarrel sometimes too. But after a short while, the malice would end and she and her father and brother would be on talking terms again. She tries very hard to avoid her brother's wife by all means though because na gangster wey me sef confirm. Their children play with each other with caution. Her brother's children are not always around sha as they go to shop with their mum and their dad goes to his place of work too. Landlord is very fond of his son; they don't quarrel at all as he literally sees him as the man in charge and true son of his father. I think the landlord's wife, their mum, is late. His daughter is sick of the quarrels, insults and discrimination. She once approached me to discuss that she takes care of their father with her own money from her business (expecting some of the rent-money from him for that at least sometimes) and how she was told to leave the better room I took to another one. Basically, she was trying to make me understand that if her brother can stay and enjoy cordial relationship with their father, why can't she too? I can't categorically say if she takes care of their father with her own money. Maybe sometimes she does. I've seen the man cook in his own room with his own gas. Now my question is, can a man and a woman ever get the same treatment? We are struggling to achieve equal treatment in other spheres of life. But in family circle, it is stricter (Family in the contexts of the one you come from and the one that comes from you). Is woman failing to know the boundaries in this equality game? Is woman failing to take her place as woman. Her only friend in the neighborhood is a woman living in a rented apartment nearby with her children. Her husband has been away for months for God knows why. Hustle for a better life? Runaway husband? I don't know. She keeps in touch with her father-in-law and mother-in-law from time to time. I overheard her on the phone with her husband as she questioned his continued long absence. Her husband asked of his children and she picked offense for only asking of his children, asked him what he expects her to do anytime she needs him around as her husband for intimacy. He said he trusts her. She forms church and self-discipline and all but things still fit dey happen untop all of that. If she is the stubborn wife type as I suspect she is, then she is on a very long thing and she is not even aware of it yet because every man wants peace of mind. SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS.

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