“Dress the way you want to be addressed” is a popular maxim far and wide, but the question is, is the wisdom the maxim teaches ever adhered to?
A dress is said to be indecent if it is morally and sexually offensive. It entails the exposure of one’s body to the public. At this period of time, Nigerian youths are presently losing their cultural values due to indecent dressings as imbibed from a faraway culture.
The indecency is not only peculiar to ladies but also applicable to men. It has become a norm whereby guys now put there trousers below their waist, “sagging” as called is now a rampant act across all age in the country. It is the same way women wear dresses that expose their cleavages.
It has been established that a major cause of this indecency is the emulation of western culture which are observed from social media and television.
The act is mostly displayed by their so-called “role model”. For instance most celebrities while performing wear pants, mini-skirts, bumper shorts and these are the dresses that some youths have emulated.
Dresses like these have on several occasions wrongly contributed to cases of raping violent assault and some other harassment of women. It has also forced some guys to join bad gangs which have abruptly truncated their academic pursuit on many occasions.
Practices like this should be curbed in other to put an end to some criminal acts that had been triggered by indecent dressings.
To check these acts, the parents, all educational institutions, religious organisations, government and the mass media must collaborate to help curb the present situation of indecency.
Parents must stand as role models to their children by dressing decently and also teaching them the cultural way of life.
Institutions should also ban the act of dressing inappropriately and also introduce dress code for all students to control the act.
Religious leaders should also teach and also pass out morals to their followers in other for such act to be eradicated and also put a stop to such dressings in their various places of worship.
The government should employ security operatives that will help reduce to its barest minimum the immodest dressing in our society which will be backed up by law and will be made known to the country through the use of mass media.
- Oluwapelumi Fasoyin, Osogbo.