Earlier this year Mavuno Church came under fire for publicising a youth event using a controversial poster. At the centre of the harsh criticism was the figure of the girl whose dressing in the poster was described as 'indecent', 'provocative', 'skimpy' by a majority of observers. And here we are now months later, the national conversation is on dressing. But methinks that moral decay is what would motivate a church to design such a poster. That moral decay runs so deep that for teenagers to attend a church event about relationships and sex, they had to be 'provoked', 'excited' and 'drawn in' by an image of a girl in a tight little short. It is telling that the girl's dressing in that poster was associated with an immoral illustration of what our society has become. That the Mavuno poster had to have sexual transmission in form of dress and other literature for it to be relevant to its target audience say a lot about moral decay. As a country, we have no known national values but national peculiarities.
Fair enough, that was
a church poster but if that same image of the scantily dressed girl
appeared on a campus tour event or a weekend 'festival' then there would
not be much noise about it because it would be 'normal' , in fact it
would be essential. The representation of 'indecent' dressing would be
alright on a 'secular' event poster because all that has to do with
moral decay is accepted there. And is that acceptance that even moral
itself? I say 'secular' because it is a sample of the same audience that
Mavuno organised an event for, using a poster that has imagery of what
they see everyday in their parties, festivals, on TV and the streets.
So as the debate on dressing rages on it is vital to question where our
morals are as opposed to where hemlines are.
Public strippings of
'indecently' dressed women, social media activism and street
processions to 'prove' that we can wear what we want will not bring our
society to terms with how deep the moral decay has spread. In the
context of dressing, women, a part of the society want to express
themselves the way they want hence #mydressmychoice
, but men see some forms of this expression as exposure. This
unrestrained expression (in dress) in a patriachal society like ours may
be construed as immoral but the decay is manifested when feminine
expression is used by women and interpreted by men for illicit sexual
gratification. So we as men and women are all in this, one might say
it's the dress that provokes but moral decay goes beyond the dress.
Reports of grannies being raped had nothing to do with the length of
their skirts but a manifestation of moral decay.
those 'indecently' dressed women is immoral and when grannies well into
their eighties are raped, it is representative of moral decay. The
dressing debate should just be a trigger, powder keg, to a whole new
conversation about our values and moral aptitude. Hemlines will continue
rising or even fall because it is 'our choice' as it is. We can never
be perfect but what are morals and standards for? We try as much as we
can to live by them.