When I went to the Zoo Park in Windhoek to watch and take photographs for the Miniskirt Friday demonstration, I realised how exposed I felt. It was not because of the pretty black and white-striped miniskirt I was wearing, and it was not because of the policemen standing with their “manly” guns and batons to control the protesters. It was because of this gang of young men sitting under a tree to watch and yell at the girls (and boys) who gathered to join the demonstration. When they spotted me and saw that I was alone they immediately started to shout obscene comments. One of them came up to me and wanted me to “sit with them in the shadow and talk for a while”. Continue reading The Symbol of Freedom
When General Ndeitunga unleashed furore with his threat to arrest any woman who is wearing a miniskirt, there were some men who felt that they just had to also express their opinions on the topic. And why not? We after all are living in a democracy where one is entitled to an opinion.
However, I find the overzealous, moralistic and self-righteous attempts by some men to speak for and uphold the “chasteness” and “dignity” of women very strange.
One man who joined our online discussion on the topic stated; “ its [sic] unfortunate that most of the time you women choose to ignore plain truth! I’m not against women dressing in minis, or anything, but please whatever they choose to wear, let it be decent. I’m of the belief that a decent woman will always dress decently!” Continue reading Perhaps the burqa?
Namibian Police Inspector General, Sebastian Ndeitunga, clearly was abusing his position to impose his personal sense of morality and decency onto citizens by threatening to broaden police action against women who he perceives to be clad “indecently.” This follows the arrest of some 40 women in Rundu for wearing “hot pants” earlier. Inspector General Ndetunga threatens to extend the measures to arrest women throughout the country who are wearing “revealing” clothes, because “…it (the clothes) should be within our [sic] tradition.”