Uganda Threatens Ban on Miniskirts

Distracted drivers are causing car accidents, official complains
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2008 2:29 AM CDT
A woman wearing a miniskirt dances during a protest march in Johannesburg, South Africa, in protest against the sexual harassment of a miniskirt-wearing woman. Now Uganda may ban miniskirts.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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(Newser) – The Uganda government is considering a ban on miniskirts because the sight of a shapely thigh is causing traffic accidents, according to officials. The minister for ethics and integrity is pushing to make wearing a short skirt an act of public indecency. Other vices he has targeted include sub-standard service, homosexuality, infidelity—and greed. He argues that women in miniskirts are as good as naked.

"What's wrong with a miniskirt? You can cause an accident because some of our people are weak mentally," he said. "If you find a naked person you begin to concentrate on that person, yet you are driving."
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