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Swazi police ban 'rape-provoking' miniskirts. (TW: sexual assault/rape)

9:54 pm - 12/26/2012

Women in Swaziland risk arrest if they wear miniskirts or tops which expose part of their stomach as they will be violating moral standards, a police spokesperson has said.


Offenders face a six-month jail term under the ban, which invokes a colonial criminal act dating back to 1889."The act of a rapist is made easy, because it would be easy to remove the half-cloth worn by the women," Wendy Hleta was quoted as saying.

The ban also applies to low-rise jeans.


"They will be arrested," she said.


Hleta said women wearing revealing clothing were responsible for assaults or rapes committed against them.


"I have read from the social networks that men and even other women have a tendency of 'undressing people with their eyes'. That becomes easier when the clothes are hugging or are more revealing," Hleta said.



Traditional costumes


However, the ban does not apply to traditional costumes worn by young women during ceremonies like the annual Reed Dance, where the ruling King Mswati III chooses a wife. The monarch already has 13 wives. During the ceremony, beaded traditional skirts worn by young bare-breasted virgins cover only the front, leave the back exposed. Underwear is not allowed.


The law was enforced after a march by women and young girls last month calling for protection against a spate of rapes in the impoverished kingdom, almost entirely surrounded by South Africa.  According to a media report, the march was blocked by police.



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tiddlywinks103 27th-Dec-2012 06:16 am (UTC)
*Flips every fucking table over*
lady_tigerlily 27th-Dec-2012 07:48 am (UTC)
MTE.

bowl_of_glow 27th-Dec-2012 10:31 am (UTC)
what's this gif?
lady_tigerlily 27th-Dec-2012 05:14 pm (UTC)


I think it was on SNL
effervescent 27th-Dec-2012 06:26 am (UTC)
You know, if men are so fucking incapable of 'undressing people with their eyes' and all this other bullshit, maybe they should be locked up and never allowed out unless they're accompanied by someone trustworthy, how does that sound?

Ugh. So tired of this sort of argument.
lady_tigerlily 27th-Dec-2012 07:58 am (UTC)
I heard about this through YouTube and thought that this had to be a joke with how blatant and unabashed the Swazi police are about it. It had to be The Onion or something. Nope. So completely done with this. I read it several times and for a while I still thought it had to be some kind of joke. There had to be more to it. Nope.

zinnia_rose 27th-Dec-2012 08:04 am (UTC)
I would totally be down with that, tbh.
liliaeth 27th-Dec-2012 08:57 am (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing. If men can't be held responsible for their own actions, then they shoudln't be allowed out without at the least wearing a blindfold, and their mother, sister(s) and/or daughter(s) accompanying them to keep them under control.
angelofdeath275 27th-Dec-2012 11:05 am (UTC)
yes.
silver_apples 27th-Dec-2012 12:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've thought that for awhile. Saying men cannot control themselves is a poor argument for putting more restrictions on women, but an excellent argument for more restrictions on men.
kagehikario 27th-Dec-2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
"Can't control self, but CAN control women..."

:/
sfrlz 27th-Dec-2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
It makes me wonder what kind of men even WANT to make this argument. It's like saying, "I'm violent and have absolutely no self-control." O_O
metatrix 27th-Dec-2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
Most men I know are seriously offended by the 'men can't control themselves' argument. I've never actually heard a man in RL make that argument.
lady_tigerlily 27th-Dec-2012 11:45 pm (UTC)
Same here. I don't think these people realize that you can't take agency away from men and then turn around and say they need to be in control of everything.

pamelalillian 27th-Dec-2012 06:44 am (UTC)
wow did not know about the ceremony for picking wives...
lady_tigerlily 27th-Dec-2012 07:49 am (UTC)
Neither did I. The glaring hypocrisy makes me so sick.
otana 27th-Dec-2012 06:54 am (UTC)
Oh for fuck's sake.
tilmon 27th-Dec-2012 07:09 am (UTC)
Disgusting. How do we contribute to the educational effort that so badly needs to take place in Swaziland?
lady_tigerlily 27th-Dec-2012 07:50 am (UTC)
The fact that it's the police just utterly baffles and destroys me. So much internal caterwauling. The march against this kind of thing being blocked by the police is just the absolute limit too.
nutmegdealer 27th-Dec-2012 07:19 am (UTC)
i really, really, really, really cannot stand mswati iii.
lady_tigerlily 27th-Dec-2012 07:52 am (UTC)
I knew nothing about him until this article. And after, my opinion is:





Edited at 2012-12-27 07:52 am (UTC)
jugglingeggs 27th-Dec-2012 11:14 am (UTC)
omg that cat.gif....where did you find such adorable seriousness?
lady_tigerlily 27th-Dec-2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
I think I found it in the vast .gif sea of Tumblr somewhere. :)
anjak_j 27th-Dec-2012 12:03 pm (UTC)
OT: I love the cat gif. T'is awesome.
stormqueen280 28th-Dec-2012 02:28 am (UTC)
Had to make a presentation on Swaziland of African History last semester. Spent my whole time badmouthing this douchebag.
anjak_j 27th-Dec-2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
The law was enforced after a march by women and young girls last month calling for protection against a spate of rapes in the impoverished kingdom...

I'm pretty sure that the marching women and girls had something else in mind when they sought protection from sexual assault and rape - something less aged colonial rape apologism law, and more warning men of the need for a woman's consent, and to keep their penises to themselves if they don't get that consent.

"I have read from the social networks that men and even other women have a tendency of 'undressing people with their eyes'. That becomes easier when the clothes are hugging or are more revealing," Hleta said.

Last time I looked, mentally undressing someone isn't a felony. And the vast majority of people who do it do not go on to sexually assault/rape the person whose clothes they were mentally removing.

This reads just like what it is: victim blaming and bullshit reasoning - because seriously, who cites social networks as a reliable source of information?

However, the ban does not apply to traditional costumes worn by young women during ceremonies like the annual Reed Dance, where the ruling King Mswati III chooses a wife.

Ugh. Hypocrisy, much?
metatrix 27th-Dec-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Last time I looked, mentally undressing someone isn't a felony. And the vast majority of people who do it do not go on to sexually assault/rape the person whose clothes they were mentally removing.

haha, this. If mentally undressing people were a felony, I'd be on death row. ;) I'm not even subtle about it, unfortunately.
anjak_j 28th-Dec-2012 11:42 am (UTC)
I'd probably be in the cell next door to you...
cinnamontoast 27th-Dec-2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
Perhaps women aren't the problem.

executivehpfan 27th-Dec-2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
Oh get the fuck outta here with this bullshit.
poetic_pixie_13 27th-Dec-2012 06:20 pm (UTC)


Also, the Reed Dance? Yeah. I want to castrate motherfuckers right now.
metatrix 27th-Dec-2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
LOL, this reminds me of the time I was walking down the hall in my dormitory. It was the middle of the night and I was walking to the bathroom, so I was just wearing a pair of boxer shorts and a thin tank top without a bra. I have pretty large breasts (34DD) and anyway, this dude (not from my dorm) was walking down the hall with his girlfriend and totally checking out my rack. I guess his girlfriend must have noticed, because suddenly he yelled out 'Wear a bra!' I just smirked.

Another time I was wearing a revealing dress at a party and this drunk French guy kept yelling at me in front of everyone to cover up my breasts. I yelled back 'if my breasts bother you so much, quit staring at them!' He was pretty shocked, and his friend hurried up and apologized to me on his behalf.
deathbytamarind 27th-Dec-2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
I love Marjane Satrapi. I cried when I read both Persepolis and Chicken with Plums but they're both so good.
lady_tigerlily 27th-Dec-2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
I've read Persepolis, but not Chicken with Plums, but I agree.
lady_tigerlily 27th-Dec-2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
Perfection.
igglepoof 28th-Dec-2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
Excellent choice of panels from Persepolis.
oudeteron 27th-Dec-2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
No lie, I saw this on the news the other day and flipped a shit at the blatant, in-your-face victim-blaming. How they're saying it with a straight face too, I really can't.
natyanayaki 28th-Dec-2012 12:00 am (UTC)
I'm so fucking tired of all of this, all this shit that happens all over the world. Doing something, anything with one's own body isn't criminal behavior, if a woman is wearing a g-string and pasties (actually if she is nude) it's not an excuse or permission to rape her. Period. (Same goes for men, children, the elderly, anyone!)

UGH!

I'm fucking sick of the victim blaming, of restraints put on women.
ferlingmule 28th-Dec-2012 01:48 am (UTC)
I C. So, when women express that rapes need to be stopped the answer is NO U and to tell them it's all their fault. Indeed.

When I become dictator I'm going to go ahead and ban all men. Makes more sense to me since they're the ones generally doing the raping.
tabaqui 28th-Dec-2012 02:06 am (UTC)
Oh, wow. I'd like to take a friggin' baseball bat to some skulls right now. Seriously, i'm so fucking *tired* of this bullshite, i don't even have any brain left, i'm reduced to mindless violence.

In my head, at least. Holy fucking hell.
moonshaz 28th-Dec-2012 03:05 am (UTC)
lady_tigerlily 28th-Dec-2012 03:22 am (UTC)
+1

When I read this article, at first I was like:


But then, I:



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Edited at 2012-12-28 03:23 am (UTC)
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