January 20th, 2012
08:03 AM ET

Malawian women protest after attacks for wearing pants, miniskirts

Malawian women protested Friday to demand an end to attacks on those who were stripped naked on the streets for wearing pants, leggings and miniskirts, instead of dresses.

Street vendors accused women of defying cultural norms and attacked them this week in Lilongwe and Blantyre, two of the nation's largest cosmopolitan centers.

"They beat them up and stripped them naked, claiming they did not follow the tradition," said Seodi White, a rights activist and protest organizer. "Attacking women in trousers is an outrage. We are a democracy, they're taking us back to the dark ages."

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  1. banasy©

    Cowardly men...
    Yeah, that'll teach them to cover up more...
    Strip them and beat them up.

    January 20, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    This would be astounding if it happened in the USA, but I was not surprised that it happened in Lilongwe and Blantyre.
    Some cultures are backward.

    January 20, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. rooney@

    This is most unfair. Simply put,it is assult and battery. Why wasn't anybody arrested.

    January 20, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Hey, fake rooney...

      ...go back under your troll bridge. Or, the Marquee Blog is thataway----->

      January 20, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Weezle

    Your right some countries are backwards america is number 1 at it

    January 20, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bubba™

    Back to the dark ages? They never left them. Let other countries sort out their own CULTURE. Worry about the homeless, starving and abused women, men and children in the United States. Then maybe we can start spreading the love elsewhere .....

    January 20, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Manly Woman

    Chic. Wholesome. Manly. Woman. Oh, and Large. XXL to be at least average. If men are pigs, we prefer pigskin clothing. Manly Woman. Today's kind of woman. Modern. Sophisticated. Manly.

    January 20, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Manly Woman

    A real Man ly Woman wears trousers to a wedding. (Especially if she's the manly groom) I don't know if the manly woman/groom wears a dress to a funeral. Prolly not. (shrug)

    January 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    What the hell?
    Jeez, what is the point of the last two posts?
    Oh....I get it....never mind.
    The introduction of a topic that is not directly related to the topic that is posted, which is:
    "Malawian women protest after attacks for wearing pants, miniskirts".
    Never mind that women are getting the crap knocked out of them...is this a protest about what women in the US wear?
    I'm not getting the point...
    Sorry.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rita

    they should have followed tradition!

    January 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Rita, the tradition since 1994 or so is to let women wear whatever they want.

      January 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rita

    my dear banasay,that's why there are no family value today. women do what ever they want when ever they want, while children are left alone to raise them selves.why are so many kids turnind bad? because they have no guidedence or role models.while maybe you are a good mother, there are thousands that just don't care!until family structure is once again practiced, more emotionless people will grow up only caring about them selves.beating is wrong,copperation is badly needed.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO ©

    This is disgusting and shocking. I am outraged. Where can I find pictures? I want to be even more outraged.

    January 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bill

    This is just another example of how western culture colides with old tribal and religious traditions. It's plainly none of anyones business except to learn that we need to stay out of their slow-but-sure cultural change process. Child labor, beating and abusing women, incredible merciless "legal system" – these are some of the things that we see and empathize about but need to let them "get civilized" at their own pace in their own time. No doubt they think a lot of what we do is attrocious and ungodly too! Sad but true.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Manly Woman

    A Manly Woman is going to do or wear whatever she wants anyway. The modern manly woman don't take no guff from anyone. Especially not an insignificant other like the US government or popular opinion. The popular vote says the manly woman is butt ugly.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      the popular vote says "manly" men are ugkier...physically, mentally, and spiritually.

      January 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Manly Woman

    The manly woman burned her bra. And not so that a baby could have easy access to suckle. I'm waiting for them to burn their shoes and walk-around with their toes flopping around everywhere. How dare you say I can't go to work barefoot! I'm a manly woman and will do whatever I want.

    January 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You sound more like a womanly man.

      January 20, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Manly Woman

    The manly woman IS civilized. What do you mean "get civilized". We manly gals are the end-product of evolution. We were born with the desire to wear pants to funerals. Women in days gone by weren't as evolved as today's manly women are. Except for the unibrows.

    January 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      If you womanly men would manscape once in a while...you can borrow the wax used for the unibrow.

      January 20, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
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