Feb 28, 2012

Wicked seductress

There’s nothing quite as scintillating as a sex story to draw readers to a newspaper or online article. I try not to get drawn in because such stories are often voyeuristic in nature and written to generate chatter. Alas, there’s one that I just cannot avoid because the coverage is so unjust, in my opinion.

Late last year a sex tape featuring two Zambian college students was leaked and made the rounds in multitudes of inboxes. I actually threatened a few people with the immediate termination of our friendship if they dared forward me the video.

Online commentary came in fast and furious, and the two “video stars” were eventually named. The young woman, Iris Kaingu, was called all sorts of filthy names while her partner was often praised for his perceived prowess as exhibited in the video, when he was mentioned at all.

The college later expelled the two, and Zambia Police got involved because the pair had allegedly created “obscene cinematographic films tending to corrupt morals” which is an illegal act under current law.

Now let’s fast forward about 2 months, Iris is in court facing these charges. She has pleaded not guilty and the case has adjourned until March. However, what I find inexplicable is the fact that her partner remains unnamed in the eyes of the prosecution. Uhm, excuse me?

The local media is yet again having a field day with rehashing details of the case and yet not one single journalist is asking why only one person is facing charges in court? Have the police completely fallen asleep on the job that pursuing only one party in a joint crime is sufficient? Even further, why aren’t the moralists pursuing the person who edited the video and distributed it for public consumption for corrupting morals?

This is reprehensible! We remain a society where rabid preoccupation with women’s modesty and chastity often trumps common sense. In addition to the criminal act of producing a pornographic video, Iris is being punished for stepping outside of the bounds of what is deemed ‘normal’ for good girls. Her value is diminished for her outward expression of sexuality, and she already been judged and stoned publicly. She will likely feel the full brunt of the law unless her lawyers can make a good case in her defence. And in the mean time her partner is safe in the privileged position of obscurity allowed him and the notoriety of being “manly.”

Where is the justice in that?

3 comments:

Couldn't agree more with you on this. Very disturbing the response and discussion that ensued following the release of the video. Double standards at play here. I also find it troubling that women's groups have been silent on this.

Miss Bwayla,
Sex always draws commentary, fact of life. In this case you should watch the sex tape, when you do there will be answers to some of the questions you raised. I watched it and do not praise the guy cause he did nothing extraordinary, but then again its my view so watch if you are to take a balanced approach to this issue.
Kind Regards

Miss Bwalya,
Please read Bwalya above, sorry for the typo
Kind Regards

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