Good evening readers. It has been quite long and I reckon most of you guys have been wondering whether I closed shop. Well, I haven’t. In the world of writing, there’s always those dry-spell moments. All writers know what I mean.
Back to business though, the past two weeks have seen the Kenyan social media scene abuzz with debate on the proper dress code for women. This came after a series of public strippings were done on women done on women perceived to be provocatively dressed.
The capital of Nairobi has seen a series of both pro and anti #MyDressMyChoice factions gracing its streets with either side seeking to create the impression that they know their rights.
Is the mode of dressing a moral issue in the African traditional context?
Well, Kenya is strongly embedded in the African continent and mentality and especially when it comes to castigating perceived foreign cultures as evil and immoral. The truth of the matter however is that our culture juxtaposed with the current standards of morality was one that embraced ‘Nudity’ for complete clothing.
In fact, we thought the Europeans to be butterflies in their ways and modes of dressing. Yet today we are the standard upon which criticism over scanty dressing is founded?
I am not in any way in support of ladies who choose to dress in ways that provoke the male’s mind and body. Rather, I have an issue with that male MINDSET. For it is that mindset that is expressed outside in the form of behavior.
There is a law in Kenya that protects both men and women against acts of sexual harassment. Either it is not being used or it is still shrouded in ambiguity. Now is the time to set the Kenyan direction on the issue. Taking matters in our own hands and playing the moral god will not solve our legal deficiencies nor social inequities.
Before that is done, may he/she who is all righteous cast the first stone.
“It is not the miniskirts. It is the men mentality. Respect women like our forefathers did” Dann Mwangi.