The long and short of the miniskirt debate
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Ugandan women dressed in short dresses at a past function. A proposed law seeks to ban skimpy dresses. The miniskirt, as they say in Kampala, has become the miniskirt.
If you are not familiar with Ugandese, this means that whereas a miniskirt was nothing more than an elevated hemline for the general outfitting and self-esteem reinforcement of the daring female (and maybe the subsequent viewing pleasure of the well-fated male), it now is the hot topic. The frenzy was sparked by the tabling of the Anti-Pornography Bill in Parliament early this month.
This Bill seeks to clarify the nature of pornography in Uganda’s laws and provide penalties for it. The government argues that there has been an “increase in pornographic materials in the Ugandan mass media and nude dancing in the entertainment world.
Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo, who presented the proposed law backed by Deputy Attorney-General Fred Ruhindi, said the Bill was needed to curb immorality. He said pornography fuels sexual crimes against women and children.
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