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  • Trending With Maxwell - Indecent Dressing Among Youths

    Indecent dressing has become fashionable in Nigeria and it has also become a social malady that cuts across many. Countries of the world. For this reason, there is no desire among youths to look decent and presentable. Indecent dressing which is also the deliberate exposure of one's body to the public. This habit is embraced. By all ages in the society but it is prevalent among youths. In today's Nigeria, over exposure to foreign culture through modern day channels of mass communication like satellite broadcast, internet and unregulated pirated videos, especially musical videos have taken their toil on the moral rectitude of our youth especially girls. Dresses that are meant as stage costumes for musicians and actresses are misconstrued by our gullible youth as everyday wears.

    Moreover, indecent dressing is now so common in public places like in churches and offices. The practice which is also caused by common phrases which are the problems of our generation like; "Only God can judge me,you can't"; "Leave them alone", "Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion"; Mind your business. These phrases has become so common in our society that one can't condemn any wrong doings again because the rewards are usually curses, malice,hatred and condemnation.

    Indecent dressing is the major cause of the various assault and sexual harassment recorded in the society, overtime. In the name of fashion, ladies dress half naked to functions for instance Nigerian ladies derive pleasure in wearing miniskirts, bumper shorts, harmless tops etc.
    Innocent boys has been subject to arrests along with hooligans because of this ill. Boys nowadays fix hairs,pierce ears making them look like hardened criminals, so one cannot really police for arresting them.

    Nowadays, there are different boys styles like sagging, hot bosoms, low west and the like. Although to say the least, these unfortunate societal ill has now eaten deep into both the young and the old,it is also common among artistes especially while they are on stage.
    This is another cause for indecency in dressing among youths as most youth see these characters as role models and mentors.

    I think its time a course on immorality or indecent dressing is introduced in schools. I think it is low self-esteem that is making young girls to dress indecently. It makes them believe that they have to do something, sometimes improper to be noticed, this is to fill an emptiness in their lives. They are not contented with their abilities and beauty.

    This young girls see other ladies dressing that way and because men chase after such girls, the girl with very low self-esteem will want to join them to get the same attention. One thing about indecent dressing is that it attracts attention; whether it is a negative or positive but one of the bottom line is that it attracts attention. People must stare and automatically, such a person is not noticed. So, when a girl who feel insecure want to be noticed, she resorts to indecent dressing.

    Indecent dressing portrays our society and institution as immoral, if its in the church, it portrays the pastors as weak and not spiritually sound. Parents and adult must dress well and honorably as an example for younger generations. The mass media should promote good moral values and religious leaders must strongly preach against indecent dressing because you will be addressed by the way you are dress.

    Major factors contributing to this societal problem include: the society, peer groups and parents. Reasonable parents are not to be a part of this problem but nowadays parents encourage their offspring by buying them these kinds of clothes or recommend them to the children to attend parties.

    There are various ways in which indecent dressing can be reduced in our society at least to a minimum level. Parents should dress decently and act as role models to their children, religious institutions should always promote the culture of decent dressing, dress codes should be introduced in higher institutions and given to all students, the mass media should do more to promote decency in dressing among youths and there should be formation of campus brigade to check the dressing patterns of students. 

    By Maxwell Onwordi

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