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"'''Sitting on a man'''" is a method of employed by [[Igbo people|Igbo]] women of [[public humiliation|publicly shaming]] a man by convening upon his hut or workplace; women may dance, sing songs detailing grievances with his behavior, beat on the walls of his home with yam pestles, or, occasionally, tear the roof from his home.
 
The practice is also referred to as "making war on" a man and may be employed against women as well.<ref>{{cite book|last1=Van Allen|first1=Judith|title=Women in Africa: Studies in Social and Economic Change|date=1976|publisher=Stanford University Press|isbn=978-0-8047-6624-1|pages=61–62|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=pWffQVU85ccC&lpg=PA61&dq=%22sitting%20on%20a%20man%22&pg=PA61#v=onepage&q&f=false|chapter='Aba Riots' or Igbo 'Women's War'? Ideology, Stratification and the Invisibility of Women}}</ref> "Sitting on a man", along with strikes and various other resistance methods, ultimately functions as a tool for women to maintain balance of both social and political power throughout pre-colonial times; however, this status would be negatively impacted by colonialism.<ref name="CJAS" />
 
== History ==
=== Effects ===
 
Igbo women held significant social and political standings (while still second to men), colonial imposition excluded women from political settings and activities, despite resistance, this alteration in social institutions negatively affected women’swomen's rights and status in society by de-legitimizing their means of influence. This was done through the outlawing of the practice of “sitting"sitting on a man”man" in the new [[Southern Nigeria Protectorate|British Administration]]. The criminalization of the tactic was not necessarily deliberate, as colonists were naïve of the functions and implications of the practice, nevertheless through disturbing women’swomen's means of balancing power, colonialism detrimentally effected Igbo gender relations and societal structures.<ref name=":0" />
 
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