"We've been taught a woman's body will cause men to sin. We're told that if a woman shows too much of her body men will do stupid things. Let's be clear: A woman's body is nor dangerous to you. It will not make you do stupid things. If you do stupid things, it is because you chose to do stupid things." Nate Pyle~How to see a woman: A conversation between a father and son.
Above is a quote I shared along with a photo to show my solidarity with Kenyans who want the world to know it does not matter what a woman wears, judging her or worse still, striping her will never be moral or ethical.
A video went viral recently, it depicted a woman being striped on the streets of Nairobi because apparently her skirt was too short. I chose not to fully watch the video, because I've experienced a smiliar scenario 3 years ago with a group of my friends.
On holiday in Mombasa, we were casually walking downtown to the bus station to book our bus tickets back to the city. A group of idle men decided that my friends skirt was too short and decided to tag and pull her to rip her clothes off. Of course in the shuffle of the mob, our handbags were nearly stolen, but we luckily managed to hide in the safety of the bus station office.
However, a massive mob had already formed outside trying to get a glance of my friend with the short skirt. The manager of the bus office was not happy, especialy since the mob could very easily have broken the office windows and barged in (a scenario that has happened before during such instances).
Luckily, we managed to hail a taxi, cover my friend up in kangaa's and the taxi managed to get away after a brief stint with the mob.
Women should not have to worry about whether they will be attacked if they wear a short skirt or dress. Who is to say what is short or too short? Changing a backward mindset is not an easy task, as there will always be hooligans and idlers with nothing better to do but prey on whoever they please. Perhaps with the #MyDressMyChoice campaign, awareness can begin and hopefully the right people will receive and understand the message.
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