I consider myself a person of considerable intelligence and I am .. trust me … able to read a bill and comprehend it. However reading the anti-pornography bill that has just been passed in Uganda, I find myself more baffled than informed.
I get all the logic behind fighting child pornography, the registering of the offenders and the rest, that is necessary. However talking about the mini, I find myself thinking it is just meddling with the right to choose what to wear, a freedom that is now being yanked away from all of us females from that part of the world.
And that would be fine if there was no real threat to women. I feel the bill has just handed us to the dogs, and a very hungry bunch of dogs at that!
Growing up in Kenya it was always terrifying when the Mungiki sect, a radical sect that has since been banned, used to have their stripping women in minis campaigns – for want of a better word. You see they believed it was not right for women to wear short clothes and their solution was to strip the “culprits”. Now how that helps beats all logic, since when a woman is stripped will she not be showing more than she intended?
I am baffled by how a bunch of men considered educated and intelligent can sit down and decide that banning an item of clothing is a solution to a problem. It is the case of treating a symptom rather than the disease.
Why do I say this? Because they were harassing girls even before the bill was passed.
This bill is in essence allowing a bunch of backward, uneducated and gutter minded bunch of men, with more testosterone than brain, to take advantage of young women, because let us face it they are the ones that wear the mini.
According to the new law, any material which shows parts of the body including breasts, thighs and buttocks, or any erotic behaviour intended to cause sexual excitement has been banned.
Then I think to myself, so then what happens if I am wearing a long clingy gown? Am I going to be arrested? What about just general freedoms of women? Why should women in Uganda be punished just because the men don’t seem to have any self control?
I am not a happy camper, I think one should in the 21st century be able to decide what they want to wear and not their government dictate it to them. Where is the democracy. Women’s rights have been hard enough to get, why take one away? Besides, don’t we have more important issues to discuss besides the length of our skirts?