For this reason, if you are a public figure, it would be wise to think twice, even thrice, concerning any comments you make in public.
A few days ago I came across a link a friend of mine shared on facebook. It was an article that had been published on the New Zimbabwe website. It was Morgan Femai’s, the MDC-T senator for Chikomo, prescription for curbing the spread of HIV. The article left me awestruck.
Here he was at an HIV conference showcasing his ignorance on how HIV is spread. He said: “Women have got more moisture in their organs as compared to men, so there is need to research how to deal with that moisture because it is conducive for bacteria breeding. There should be a way to suck out that moisture.” He suggested circumcision for women. I wonder if he knows that circumcision in women is actually mutilation.
Anyway, my article is going to focus on the ludicrous proposal that women should look unkempt and dress shabbily because men were finding it difficult to resist attractive and well-dressed women. Had he said women should dress modestly, less provocatively, cover up more, I would understand, but to suggest we shelve our sense of style? No, thank you, Senator Femai.
“What I propose is that the government should come up with a law that compels women to have their heads clean-shaven like what the Apostolic sects do”, he said with the audacity to even advocate for it to be made into law. Whatever happened to freedom of expression? Beauty is subjective. Who said that having no hair on your head means you look ugly? Other women look really good with their heads clean-shaven, for instance, Alek Wek who is an African, bald-headed, beautiful, internationally acclaimed supermodel.
The women of the Apostolic sect are married because someone found them attractive. Should we become a nation of bald-headed women, all because our men do not know how to keep it in their pants? I wonder if his wife and daughters (if he has any), are bald. I like my hair just the way it is and that I can do whatever I like with it.
I choose my hairstyles based on what I feel and look good in. If my hairdo turns heads in the process, oh well, shame on those that cannot restrain themselves.
He also said, “They should not bath because that is what has caused all these problems.” Talk about abdicating your (men’s) responsibility. Instead of manning up and owning their share in “these problems”, it’s our fault as women.
It’s our fault that most men in Zimbabwe are not satisfied with just one woman and they need a variety. We even coined the phrase “small houses” as though to say that infidelity is acceptable and normal. Zimbabwe is not the only country that has beautiful women, the rest of the world has them too, some are even more beautiful than us, plus they have access to clothes that are way better looking and better priced than we do, yet their HIV infection rate is not as high as ours.
Beauty, a great dress sense, good hygiene habits, good grooming and beautiful hair are not to blame for our HIV infection rate. We just need to quit being reckless with our lives, be faithful to one another and abstain from promiscuous behaviour.