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. TORI©

    This is barbaric and indicative of misogonistic society. I'm glad women can wear what they want in our civilized society.

    January 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Manly Women of America

    (theme from Deliverance playing in the backround...Ned Beatty doing his best choirboy immitation) Yea! We be the manly women come to save the day. [oink oink] You womenly women best not stand in our way. [your turn Clem] Manly Woman of today. Brave. Proud. Free. Big, barefoot, and braless. Yad bit overly promiscuous due to evolutionary changes. Nothing we can't handle with brand new batteries.

    January 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Womanly men who run away from responsibilities...who inpregnate women and run...who would rather get high and drunk than take care of one's woman and children...who would rather cry "but she's a b!tch" than face problems and deal with the problems that come from everyday life....then blame women for all the ills in one's life because she "tempted" one. Misogynistic men made women what they have had to become, not burning their bra. Get a clue.

      January 20, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      And stop acting as if youare actually a woman, unless you're role-playing.
      In which case, fail.

      January 20, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO ©

    If anyone from Malawi is reading all of this, hoping for some insight into public opinion in this part of the world – we apologize.

    January 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. TORI©

    @BOMBO, thank you for your recent post. Hopefully the idiot above is not from the states.

    January 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • ???

      Sounds like this dude has been smoking too much purple kush, lol!

      January 20, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ned Beatty's anus

    Malawi isn't blind. They can see US for who we are.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Good post chrissy,you rock .That explains the resent tremors

    January 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ???

      What are resent tremors.....? Are those the ones that hate you for being alive, troll?

      January 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ned Beatty's anus

    ...it's not like you can hide a nationwide obesity epidemic behind the traditional moo-moo garb popular of late. Did manly women have to fight for their rights to wear moo-moos, or was that a given.

    January 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ???

    Hey, we're plaing 5 degrees to stupidity again! Ok. Where are the manly men? Beating up the women. This ain't the 50's, dude. Stop blaming women for all of your problems. Maybe get out more??

    January 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Top Ten items one might find inside of Newt's colon.

    Fat men wear moo-moos also, tardo.

    January 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Grandpapster

    I said be gone mannlich!

    January 20, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fernace

    I agree that we should let other nations take care of their own problems, but misogynistic traditions continue all over the planet! It's a world problem! The world needs to be aware & work to educate all cultures!!

    January 20, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Earl

    I'm sure confused,is the manly man a women or is the womenly women a man? I just know I 'm a man and that 's never gonna change.

    January 20, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BOMBO ©

    With all the whacko stuff here, I'm amazed that the one thing that got deleted was the deliverance kid comment. Weird.

    January 21, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. TORI©

    I admit to having a whacked sense of humor and tried to avoid this nut job.Whatever your gender figure it out. I am literally ROFLMAO visualizing this beast having a wax job. Table won't be big enough and with all of that hair you would be getting waxed for weeks.

    January 21, 2012 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |


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