“I Don’t Think Sexy Dressing Can Deliver Our Feminist Strategies” – Adaku Efuribe On Indecent Dressing And Feminism


International Women’s Day (IWD) is a day set aside to celebrate the achievements of women as well as campaign for their rights as regards to gender inequality and discrimination.

The aim is to achieve full gender equality for all women. A gender pay gap persists across the globe and women are still not present in equal numbers in business or politics. Figures show that globally, women’s education, health and violence towards women is still worse than that of men.

According to the World Economic Forum, the gender gap won’t close until 2186.

On IWD, women across the world come together to tell the world to recognise these inequalities and also celebrate the achievements of women who have overcome these barriers. A lot of people talk about feminism on this day as well as fight the course of women across the globe.
Feminism can be defined as the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.
I chose to talk about indecent dressing at a time like this as this is one of the issues that always water down the feminism struggle and advances I believe.

In our world today, women are meant to believe that indecent dressing is the way to go, those that call themselves celebrities, allow themselves to be dressed up by different designers who want to show case their art. In my opinion the female body needs to be well covered, we should leave some imaginary images, we should not bare it all just to follow the trend.

In as much as I believe so much in the advocate for feminism, we also have to talk about indecent dressing, it worries me, the way women are portrayed in adverts, movies and musical videos, the ‘super stars’ tend to dress in a ‘sexy’ way as they call it; It is a common thing these days to see adverts on cars showing women wearing only their lingerie or swim wear.

I have gone through a lot of heated debates with different people; many people still believe that without dressing in a sensual way, art, musical videos and adverts cannot make the desired impact or sales.
I do not believe so; there are a lot of pop stars out there that do not engage in what I call indecent dressing. For instance the talented musician Adele has a fantastic voice and is one of the best singers of our time, I like her voice as well as the way she carries herself, as regards to her dress sense, this is just my personal opinion and I appreciate the fact that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion.
When I see some female pop artists dressing scantily or wearing their underwear (bra, pant or lingerie) during performances, it worries me. It makes me wonder if the focus is the song, talent or the body.
The world seems to call it costume, I call it indecent dressing.

For women to gain the respect they are clamoring for in terms of feminism and gender equality we should also look inwards and discourage indecent dressing ;there is an old saying that says ‘dress the way you want to be addressed’.
We should teach our young girls how to dress decently. Parents should teach their children good dress sense values.
I do not believe for a music video to be sold, women dancing or featuring in such videos should be scantily dressed. I have watched some trending music videos which do not feature scantily dressed women dancing in a provocative way and the music still sold as well as attracted the target audience. Nudity in music videos does not in any way help to sell such videos as far as am aware.

A good example is one of the music videos by a popular Nigerian musician called Davido, in his official ‘Skelewu’video, there were no indecently dressed women featured and the music still sold ‘millions’ of copies worldwide I’m told.

I will encourage the feminism advocates to look inwards and see if there are things women need to adjust in the way they portray themselves in terms of dress sense.

I support feminism and what it stands for, I abhor work place discrimination, gender inequality etc., but at the same time I do not encourage indecent dressing by women. Every woman should strive for excellence in everything they do, in that way we can earn more respect.

If we must advocate for feminism, we must also portray good virtues and value systems for the world to see.
I will enjoin all women to begin to look inwards and ask themselves if there are things they do that gives out the wrong impression, especially indecent dressing.

‘I don’t think feminism, as I understand the definition, implies the rejection of maternal values, nurturing children, caring about the men in your life. That is just nonsense to me’. – Hillary Clinton


Adaku Efuribe is a Nigerian-British Clinical Pharmacist/Independent Prescriber. She is a Health Promotion Ambassador and advocates for better healthcare systems for all.

She is a prolific writer who engages the general public with her health, political and social articles; her articles have been published in notable international tabloids, magazines and blogs.

Adaku is the brain behind Ask Your Pharmacist with Adaku-Health Promotion videos and articles.

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