“Open your books and close your legs.” A South African minister sparks outrage with her advice to underage schoolgirls!
The Minister of Health blew up in one of the provinces South Africa, outraged by a shocking statement with sexual overtones. In the context of her advice to girls to focus on their studies.
open your books
“To the little girl, I say,” Limpopo Health Minister Vuvi Ramathopa said during a visit to a middle school while addressing students. Open your books, and cross your legs. Don’t open your legs, open your books. Thanks a lot”.
‘To the girl child: open your books and close your legs’ – says the *Health* MEC. @PhophiRamathuba – this kind of narrative to young children is deeply problematic. Shifts responsibility to girl children to shoulder the burden of safe sex practices & rape culture. It’s rubbish. https://t.co/wBC3VXij74
— Siviwe Gwarube (@Siviwe_G) January 12, 2022
She continued, “There are older men who seduce girls with expensive luxuries, such as smartphones.”
Although Ramathopa’s statement was intended to encourage abstinence from early sex, and to reduce pregnancy rates among teenage girls. However, it faced widespread criticism from activists on social networking sites. and opponents.
Why only girls?
Activists wondered why Ramathopa was only giving advice to girls and not to boys as well.
Opposition politician Siviwe Guarubi said the regional minister’s comments were “extremely problematic”.
“This was an opportunity to have a meaningful conversation with the students about granting consent to have sex,” she wrote on her Twitter account. Instead, you blame the victim and put undue pressure on the girls.”
Ramathuba defends itself
But Ramathupa defended her statement, saying that it was directed at boys as well. “BBC” British.
In an interview with the website, the minister indicated “Times Live” The South African news outlet noted that her speech was “taken out of context”.
Ramathupa confirmed that her speech was directed at boys as well, adding: “I told the boys to focus on their studies and not sleep with girls.”
She continued, “Those who elected me in Limpopo appreciate the message. They were saying they were afraid to talk about these things, and they thanked me for calling things by their proper names.”
It is noteworthy that government statistics in South Africa indicate that about 33,400 girls are under the age of seventeen. They gave birth in 2020.
Previously, the charity Save the Children said: The absence of comprehensive sexuality education, as well as the absence of basic and adequate health services. A major contributing factor to teenage pregnancy in South Africa.