Nude video, indecent dressing and other ‘immoral acts’

Published: Sunday, 26 Aug 2007

I have been watching some Western movies of recent. This is just to relax my nerves from the stress of academic life. The central themes in most of these videos be it ‘The Rising Sun,’ ‘Hired to Kill’ or ‘Gridlock’d,’ are sex and violence. It is as if without these scenes, there is no film.

In real life situation, people’s attitude to sex and nudity in the Western world is also not rigid. I had narrated some of my personal experiences in this column before. But it seems each passing day brings fresh elements into the phenomenon. In Germany, for instance, two siblings, Patrick Stuebing and Susan Karolewski, are living together as lovers. They already have four children. Although incest is a criminal offence in Germany, this couple is fighting to reverse that law. They believe the legislation is out of date and that it breaches their civil rights.

Earlier this month, about 600 nudists posed for a U.S. photographer, Spencer Tunick, in the Swiss Alps. An environmental group, Greenpeace, commissioned the photo to raise awareness about global warming. In Spain, El Jueves, a weekly magazine, recently carried a cartoon of Crown Prince Felipe and his wife having sex. The cartoon reportedly quoted Felipe as saying sex was the closest he would come to working. The publication followed government’s announcement that it would pay couples about $3,500 for each new baby born.

We are already familiar with homosexuals and their wide acceptance in the West. In Wales, a gay recently won a case he instituted against a Church of England bishop for unlawful discrimination. Mr John Reaney claimed Bishop Anthony Priddis denied him employment in his Hereford diocese because he was gay. The chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, Rev. Richard Kirker, even asked the bishop to resign.

This same society that welcomes gay, lesbians and other sexual perverts frowns on certain aspects of sexual behaviour of people. Last July, the police launched a manhunt for a man who pinched the bottom of a Channel 4 News presenter in England. Sue Turton was busy reporting live, the devastation caused by flood at Osney Island in Oxford when the culprit walked past her and pinched her bum. Turton found the matter humiliating and disrespectful. However, the police later found the man and cautioned him under the Public Order Act.

A recent report on the BBC News website says almost 8,000 sex offenders have been cautioned across England in the past five years. Some of such sexual crimes, according to the BBC, include rape, downloading child porn, bigamy, sexual offences against animals, incest, exploitation of prostitution and indecent exposure. Offences involving children accounted for over 1,600 of the cautions.

What the above scenario indicates is that your rights as an individual end where another person‘s rights begin. In other words, one is free to believe in anything or have any sexual orientation. But this belief or practice should not in any way infringe on other people‘s rights.

I am not too sure if we have bottom pinchers in Nigeria. But what is certain is that in Kano State, an actress is in trouble because she allegedly acted nude in a home video. People had circulated the eight-minute mobile phone clip of the video, thus causing outrage in the north. The Kano State Filmmakers Association has reportedly expelled the actress, her lover and 17 others. These 17 were allegedly expelled for such “immoral acts” as fornication and drunkenness.

About three weeks ago, 18 men accused of dressing as women were arrested in a hotel room in Bauchi. The initial charge against them was sodomy. In Sharia law, the punishment for this crime is death by stoning. The charge was later changed to indecent dressing and vagrancy. Last week, a Sharia court granted bail to five of these men who met bail conditions. Muslim youths, who felt the men did not deserve bail, started a violent protest. Police had to intervene and there was a clash. This disrupted traffic for about 30 minutes. Some women in the north had also been sentenced to death by stoning by Sharia courts. Luckily, none of these sentences has been carried out. In Lagos, the police arrested over 90 girls a few weeks ago for allegedly wearing indecent dresses.

Some of what we view as immoral acts today are direct result of Western influences on our culture. The world, they say, is a global village. One may be in Germany today, China tomorrow and the US the day after. The advent of the Internet and other electronic communication gadgets has further narrowed the gulf among peoples and nations.

But just as we are disturbed about moral decadence in the society, other nations are concerned as well. The little difference is in the degree of this concern and the punishment meted out to offenders. In the United States, for instance, the Delcambre town council passed an ordinance in June making it a crime to wear saggy trousers (trousers that show underwear.) Offenders risk a fine of $500 or up to six months in jail.

Nigeria also has laws against anti-social behaviour. And it is poised to promulgate new ones. Concerned about a rise in incidents of rape in the country, the Nigerian Law Reform Commission, for instance, is proposing stiffer punishment for rape convicts. Whatever the commission comes up with may not be as severe as what is obtainable in the Czech Republic. There, sex offenders are treated with surgical or chemical castration. The Czech government has dismissed criticisms over this.To her, the practice is in conformity with their law.

This conformity with the tenets of the law should be our guiding principle. We may have the right to speak against the ways of homosexuals. We may have the freedom to condemn nudists and indecent dressers. But our Constitution has not given us the power to either stone anybody to death or cause disruption of public order. That will be infringing on other people‘s rights. And that will be taking laws into our own hands. Until the laws are changed, whatever punishment any rapist or nudist receives must be in accordance with the existing laws of the land. Youths who are wont to go on the rampage because a judge declines to pass death sentence on someone wearing a mini skirt should take it easy.

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8 Comments »

  1. 1
    Prosper Ohimor Says:

    We , at Enthusiasm International Magazine requests you to contribute in writing on next edition on the subject: Global Immorality and dressing. The Magazine is published for the enlightenment and empowerment of the entire people. It shows you how to live enthusiastically. Address all correspondence to the editor through Email: echoes2nations@yahoo.com

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    Rev. Alwell Imo Says:

    Am glad to know that somebody is as worried as I am about this cancerous vice called indecent dressing. It is really pandemic that all should cast a vote of no confidence.

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    TMind Says:

    This is an old post, and the inept coments are just as old. Please tremove this article. People in the WEST, you may as well say the United States, factually HATE perverts. We do not generally condone homosexuality, and buy now the misconceptions of the west should be dropped. Homosexuality limits population.
    Not all westerners commit adultery, and most americans, your target American women dress as you portray. Have you ever even been to the west or are you basing your basless opinion on television, which by the way says nothing to what the average American is.

    Thank you for removing this trash in advance.

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