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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The Culture of Hypocrisy...

Chimamanda has written a piece in the UK Guardian today, about the bill to stop women dressing ‘indecently’ currently being discussed by the Nigerian Senate. The piece speaks of the culture of hypocrisy prevailing in Nigeria where there is endemic institutional corruption, but the ‘morality’ that is flavour of the day is women’s dressing choices. To an extent the piece touches on the issue of Gender affiliations that have been discussed by bloggers such as Nneoma and Ebele.

I was slightly confused at the point where she mentions that the bill will particularly discriminate by class but I assume she was using the term ‘class’ in Nigeria interchangeably with economic status (class in other parts of the world particularly the UK or India is more a social stratification. Jeremy of Naijablog discusses class in Nigeria here).

At this point in history when Democratic voting African American women are torn between the fight to remain loyal to their gender or race (even the candidates Hilary and Obama will admit that there is little difference in their policy approaches), perhaps its time to discuss gender affiliation and particularly gender roles…

PS: Alice Walker has written a poignant piece about being an African American woman who will vote for Obama (see here).


Blogger nneoma said...

The Adichie piece was amazing - I agree with everything. And Yes, I was amongst those who said that we do have other things to worry about like poverty health etc. But even besides that, this indecent dressing thing is a non-issue. I can't believe that Iyanda was hassled and called those names when through her show she has transformed the minds of many for the better.

12:42 am, April 04, 2008  
Blogger Lolu Kush (Afronuts) said...

Seems our so called Leaders are jobless. When there r other serious issues to be tackled, they're fussing over women's dressing.

Thanks 4 the links. Took me further to other places, especially thru Ebele's site

3:58 pm, April 08, 2008  
Blogger Doja said...

Where do we find these idots we elect in Nigeria?

4:59 pm, April 10, 2008  
Anonymous ebele said...

The proposed law is so wrong on so many levels, that I'm JUST.NOT.GOING.TO.GO.THERE

12:01 pm, April 13, 2008  
Blogger Charizard said...

Come I wana know the status of the bill has it been passed?

1:24 am, April 29, 2008  
Blogger Morountodun said...

@Charizard - I really hope not but haven't seen any updates on the issue recently.

4:11 am, April 29, 2008  
Blogger rethots said...

'tis most unfortunate that most our our vocal public figures don't really have depth (of thots & understanding) hence, the resort to "the bill to stop women dressing ‘indecently’".

Comon, let's face it, while we can take the pig out of the sty we sincely cannot change its habit. On the other hand, Excellence, it has been said (and rightly so too) is not an act (such as 'the proposed bill') but a habit (when the culture of self-dignity is inculcated people's thots from an early age).

Eventually, if we all have self-dignity (& pride ourselves on it), these issues (which to me are morals issues) would not arise.

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