Men and miniskirts – what do these two have in common? Well, one seems to be obsessed with the other. Case in point – a recent proposal by the Ugandan Ethics and Integrity minister to enact a legislation that would forbid women from wearing miniskirts. This is part of the proposed Anti-Pornography Bill. Typical African leader behavior – fixate on non-issues and ignore the slew of challenges that actually need to be addressed. I guess “priority” does not exist in some people’s dictionaries.
According to this news article, the minister said, “Any attire which exposes intimate parts of the human body, especially areas that are of erotic function, is outlawed. Anything above the knee is outlawed. If a woman wears a miniskirt we will arrest her.” What now!? I could think of better ways for law enforcement to use their time and energy. For example, finding and arresting actual threats to public safety. But hey, that’s just me. While we are at it, why is there always a man somewhere who thinks he has the right to dictate what a woman should wear!? There is a seat somewhere for such men…watch your steps as you walk over to it.
In another article he is quoted as saying, “We know people who are indecently dressed: they do it provocatively and sometimes they are attacked. An onlooker is moved to attack her and we want to avoid those areas. He is a criminal but he was also provoked and enticed.” Now, I can’t even begin to analyze all the strains of stupid that are contained in his remarks.
Rape has never been, is never and will never be the victim’s fault. It is statements like the ones made by the minister that encourage rapists and silence their victims. Such remarks empower rape culture. What does he mean by saying the onlooker is moved to attack her!? How can you be moved to attack a person!? Do you not have control over your own body and desires!? A person’s dressing does not give another the right to attack them. This “her dressing provoked me” excuse has been used time and time again to justify sexual assault. It’s time to put a stop to it.
Listen here men, the thing is – you have full control of your body and actions. You don’t have to react to your every desire. You find someone’s dressing enticing – keep that to yourself, it is your opinion after all and we all know what they say about opinions. A woman rejects your advances – what you need to do is fall back not force yourself on her.
Women are not objects for you to do with as you please. Our bodies are not your playgrounds and neither are they your boxing rings. We are people – recognize and respect that.
Now, if you think that you can’t control yourself you should probably reevaluate your life space. After that, maybe you should consider living in seclusion. That way you don’t have to encounter women in miniskirts or any other outfit that you consider provocative. Or jump off a cliff. Or superglue your eyes shut. Just find a way to handle yourself.
Now back to the Ethics and Integrity minister. Perhaps the ministry does not have much going on and he had to find something to justify his position and the budget they gave him. Perhaps he just wanted the attention that comes with such a controversial proposal. I guess we’ll never know for sure. Apparently the minister is a Catholic priest turned politician. Well, here is a suggestion for you Mr. Minister/Priest – why don’t you address the sexual abuse of boys within the Catholic church!? That is a far more beneficial use of your resources in my opinion.