Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vive le pants!

When is a story about pants more than a story about pants? When it's about a woman courageously standing up against arcane laws which single women out as second class citizens.

A Sudanese female journalist facing 40 lashes for wearing trousers in public in violation of the country's strict Islamic laws told a packed Khartoum courtroom Wednesday she is resigning from a U.N. job that grants her immunity so she can challenge the law on women's public dress code.

Lubna Hussein was among 13 women arrested July 3 in a raid by members of the public order police force on a popular Khartoum cafe for wearing trousers, considered indecent by the strict interpretation of Islamic law adopted by Sudan's Islamic regime. All but three of the women were flogged at a police station two days later.

The cool part of the story is that she openly defied the court by showing up to her own trial wearing...yes, pants. It's hard to imagine pants being considered indecent for women to wear, but that was also the case here in America not so long ago, lest we forget. Based on how things have evolved here in the States, I give the Sudan ten years before mini-skirts and fuck-me-pumps on 15-year-old girls are all the rage. Progress! Progress?


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