“Women should always have bald heads, lose weight and dress shabbily to reduce their attractiveness as part of measures to curb the spread of HIV”, MDC-T Senator for Chikomo, Morgan Femai said over the weekend. Addressing Zimbabwe Parliamentarians at an HIV sensitisation workshop, he said that HIV is spreading at an alarming rate because men find it difficult to resist women because they are becoming more attractive. Read the full story at http://www.herald.co.zw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=41329:mdc-t-senator-wants-women-to-dress-shabbily&catid=38:local-news&Itemid=131
The senator goes on to imply that HIV infection is low in the Apostolic Faith because the women are bald and do not dress up. This religion doesn’t believe in Western medicine and therefore they do not go to hospitals or clinics so how does the Senator make this assertion, what is he basing this information on?
The senator is implying that women do not have the right to choose their sexual partners, demand safe sex and whenever they are propositioned for sex women are going to say yes without any hesitation. Is the Senator really saying that men have no self control to the extent that whenever they see an attractive woman they cannot resist her and will sleep with her and without protection? So if we have bald, badly dressed and thin women the infection rate of HIV will come plummeting down? During the period when women are busy shaving their head, going on crash diets and changing their wardrobes what exactly are the men going to be doing? The Senator did not tell us what he and the rest of the men folk should do to play their part to decrease HIV infection or does the responsibility fall only on women?
I sincerely hope what the Senator said was distorted, but I doubt it as I had the pleasure of presenting on political rape to the Senate Gender and Development Thematic Committee a couple of years ago and one of the senators said that men are not animals, they do not gang rape, thankfully this was totally discounted by the female members of the committee. The calibre of some of our senators is appalling; in the next election, let us vote in men and women of substance, please.
The Senator’s statement is reckless and dangerous and it should be treated with contempt.