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Miniskirt Sparks Women's Rights Protests in South Africa

Miniskirt Sparks Women's Rights Protests in South Africa


Last week taxi drivers and street vendors attacked a South African women wearing a miniskirt, because she was indecently dressed. Those passing by laughed and cheered. The incident has sparked an intense debate and passionate protests over women's rights and public decency in the country.

Women protesters, who have been marching since last week, believe that women have the right to wear what they want. During a demonstration on Friday, women exposed their breasts and thighs, a traditional protest of the powerless. Some taxi drivers responded by pulling down their pants. What's going on here? To find out,

. The BBC reports that some South Africans believe that scantily covering clothing violates cultural norms, but the National House of Traditional Leaders pointed out that women often wore short skirts during traditional ceremonies.

I find it hypocritical that those attacking a woman because she was dressed inappropriately could try to claim the moral high ground. Aren't physical attacks worst than indecent clothing? Are you happy to see women rallying for their right to wear a miniskirt? Is it a universal women's right to wear whatever they want, or do cultural and religious norms and sensitivities outweigh such a freedom?

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Advah Advah 7 years
It's disgusting to know someone can get attacked for what they wear and have people laughing at it without doing anything.
AKirstin AKirstin 7 years
And to think there are still people who think feminism is a dead cause. :(
janneth janneth 7 years
I was in a Moslem country once, and I was told by a friend not to wear shorts, so I did not. I was respecting cultural norms. Is that not common sense and goodwill? I guess it is not the same thing here though.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 7 years
This really pisses me off.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 7 years
This really pisses me off.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 7 years
Yeah this is ridiculous. It angers me. :ROTFL:-Raci
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 7 years
Raci - LOL!
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
How disgusting. It is never justified to assault a woman for what she's wearing, regardless of religious norms and cultural sensitivities. And it is completely sick that passers-by were cheering.
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
America is so far behind! When I expose my genitals as a sign of protest, I just get arrested.
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