There is a petition against the bride price calculator

Now this is funny, I have been seeing the calculations and people laughing  about it all. I also laughed at this but just didn’t see the need to use the app. Maybe because Mr. Right hasn’t showed up yet but someone found it very annoying and disturbing to go as far as writing a petition. LOLScreenshot_2014-05-28-14-26-56

There is a petition against the bride price calculator to be brought down by Ikechukwu Onywemelukwe. Read Petition below:

“Misogyny is a central part of sexist prejudice and ideology and, as such, is an important basis for the oppression of females in male-dominated societies. Misogyny is manifested in many different ways, from jokes to pornography to violence to the self-contempt women may be taught to feel toward their own bodies.” – Allan Johnson

Bridepricecheck is a web app that assigns virtual monetary value (in Naira) to women in an attempt to calculate their bride price based on factors such as their level of education, skin colour, nationality, weight, beauty, physical features, spoken accents, country of residence, employment status etc.

A bride price is a practice popular in many Asian and African cultures, which involves the payment of an amount of money, or property, or wealth by the groom or his family to the parents of a woman as a symbolic ‘token’ upon the marriage of their daughter to the groom. It is a cultural heritage that has always been used as a gesture of good faith and support, and a way for the groom to demonstrate his ability to maintain the bride in marriage. The amount paid as bride price can vary from a small token to a great sum. In recent times however, there have been concerns about the effect that payment of bride price has on gender equality, early or forced marriage, as well as domestic violence towards women.

The Bridepricecheck app promotes racism, sexism, discrimination against women. By assigning a price tag it devalues the true worth of a woman; it promotes the ideology that women are the lesser gender, and are expected to please men. The app assigns a lesser monetary value for having darker skin and a greater value for being mixed-race/ lighter. The app assigns greater value for being tall, having no tribal marks, and deducts value for having a particular accent. It even goes as far as limiting the level of ambition and education women are expected to have (by deducting monetary value for women who obtain a PhD degree). This is not in anyway different from the mentality that the terrorist group Boko Haram have towards women, and how they have demonstrated this with the kidnapping of over 200 Chibok school girls. The world is still dealing with the actions that ensue from such repressive mentality, and on a daily basis we get reports of rape, violence, oppression, and harassment of women.

Please join me in raising a voice against such a repressive mentality being subtly spread by an app in the name of harmless fun, and to ensure this app is taken down permanently.

Thank you.”

Let me hurry to this app so i can use it before it is taken down o. That’s if the petition works. lol. What do you think?

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8 comments

  1. I kind of agree with this petition even though I used the. App and found it funny but I. Don’t think the people who created it meant any harm or think from this petition angle

  2. the petition person should take a chill pill jare! all these attention seekers! the app is a hilarious one and i had a good laugh when i used it. he should write a petition for the government and boko haram and let us laugh in peace biko. Nigerians always take the wrong things serious. shior!

    1. Abeg jaree..Una too dey take tinz personal for 9ja sef..the app is just a joke jaree and now some is taking it serious..lol, You people should try and loosen up a bit. But sincerely some Ibo man will see this App and actually use it…lol. And more I think this app will some ladies to upgrade themselves in preparation for Mr Right..#JustMyThought AY

  3. Abeg jaree..Una too dey take tinz personal for 9ja sef..the app is just a joke jaree and now some is taking it serious..lol, You people should try and loosen up a bit. But sincerely some Ibo man will see this App and actually use it…lol. And more I think this app will some ladies to upgrade themselves in preparation for Mr Right..#JustMyThought AY

  4. Yeah true me sef use am and I sha be prime bride…. Lmaooooo Bt still d whole segregation to skin colour, education and all that ain’t cool Bt I think I get d jerk it’s for fun…. I think we need a little fun dis days things are too serious Makachukwu…..

  5. Everybody has opinion these days, see what internet has caused. It is white knights like these that ruin feminism for women. If they made a ‘Groom Worth’ app would men have complained? This guy is suggesting that women cannot take a joke. Something has to be seriously wrong with anyone that takes that app seriously. These days bride price is just a symbolic thing for tradition. Abeg make the guy go sit down….

  6. Well it’s good I read your comments before dropping mine. I havent seen the app and will just go with the opinion of those who’ve seen it. If the app is just a joke then so be it. But really, if it’s taken seriously or actually used by anyone then that will not be such a good thing. Women are too valuable to be priced. I know at least in Igboland, bride price is merely symbollic,to express the valuable the lady is to her family and to cap the hurdles a man has to cross to find his ‘missing rib’.

  7. Wait ooh, on a second thought I decided to check it out myself, the 3rd page got me cracked up. Tall,medium,short or Aki & paw paw. Slim, chubby or mama ronko,looool Na serious joke joor..

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