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Flexi-rape silence shows up weak women

Published:Tuesday | November 4, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: Jamaicans have the tendency to 'tek bad things mek joke', but I find government minister A J. Nicholson's "flexi-rape" comment most disrespectful.

The fact that women could be required to work late at night does lend itself to the possibility of rape and abduction. However, Mr Nicholson's lack of respect for women should be no surprise, for this is how men are socialised in our cultural context.

If the concern was about men, would Mr Nicholson have said the same thing? When government leaders, especially males, make those comments, how do we expect the men of society to view women?

Following Mr Nicholson's comment, his colleagues enjoyed a good laugh over his joke, but did they think about their mothers, sisters, aunts, and daughters? I am even surprised that Mr Nicholson was forced to withdraw his comment, and during that time, Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte was silent.

Where is the prime minister on this? Where is the minister responsible for gender issues? Where are the advocate groups? Women, your silence shows that you are weak!


Clark's Town, Trelawny