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This Week In The Khuta – A sense of decency

As a sidebar, I’d just like to say that I was going to write about value vs growth investments. A concept probably foreign to most of us but explained nonetheless quite brilliantly in an article I had recently read. I was going to cover all the various calculated decisions considered by investors before they tumble into their world of uncertainty.
Instead, it appears the public has a much more pressing issue which can not be ignored which I  artfully present as “The plight of mini-skirts: an expose of this endangered attire in Namibia.”Word on the street is that some of the skirts worn by our beloved sisters are below par. And by below I mean way above the knee and somehow whiffing the nether regions. Houston, we have a problem. Or at least the police do. The extent is that women are being arrested for wearing skirts that arouse (pun intended) suspicion.
I would simply like to raise two questions. Is it the length of the skirt that’s causing upheaval? Or is it a sudden redefinition of decency that the public needs to learn about?
Let’s start with the obscure definition of short. I have often walked with women who are wearing short skirts. What always chuckles me is their ill fainted attempt to stretch the skirt a bit longer every time they stand, sit, or when they are talking to someone reputable (or a man’s favourite: when the wind blows). Which begs the question why do they feel uncomfortable? It can’t be the length of the skirt because they left the house wearing it. Face it ladies, if your skirt is not knee high (knee low? Not sure what the right expression is) it is distastefully short. The ladies know it too hence the unease.
Yet I am troubled with my own definition. If you think about it as Africans we used to prance around half naked before the white settlers graced us with fabric in the name of civility. The sisal skirts and boob strapping leather covered the bare necessities. By all standards, the olden clothes (or lack thereof) were definitely revealing. This drives me to my next point. The question of decency? I think it really isn’t just about the length of the mini skirt but rather the fact that the skirt accentuates certain areas which are frowned upon: at least in public. In fact, it is the audacity that our new clothing designs show certain anatomy which we know are there but weren’t sure of their “outline or shape”. Now we know. Thanks ladies.
We all agree fashion changes rapidly. Clothes which were initially meant for ladies that render private evening services are now worn by all. Jeans which were initially used for labour workers now come in all shapes and sizes for the general public. So fashion is a factor yet I feel we need to handle this matter with tact by reverting to some basic questions. Would you wear the clothes to church? Secondly the short skirt, would you let your daughter wear it when she goes out in public? These should be a benchmark to decide what it is that is reputable and decent. I am not here to offer solutions to the problem but to remind women that the acts of the policemen and their statements are not necessarily infringing on your privacy or your right to wear clothes but rather maybe helping you question how it is you present yourself in society.
Whatever you wear in the house unfortunately cannot be equated to that which is “publicly acceptable”. I didn’t make the rules. They just are.

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