Today is May 11, 13. Many good things are happening in this city. Nai Ni Who festival launched this morning, and its time to celebrate being a resident of Nairobi. Kenya has also won a game, you can find out which on twitter.
But, I have seen everyone go frenzy about these Mombasa girls who were caught shooting porn with some mzungu guy and arraigned in court. I didn’t watch the news until I met the thing on social network. And I have seen the noise grow; it got trending on twitter. I think I also saw #SomeoneTellSwitrezland get pulled into the conversation.
And so the noise continues, and I even see media so quick to shout out this story and unveil the identities of these girls – uncaring of how that will dent their esteem forever (who cares anyway, get the scoop). In the court of mob justice, the guy with the least intelligence wins. Hecklers, bullies and bouncers, often win.
One thing that this unfolding does is that it gives moralists a cheap and easily accessible platform to pass judgment. Passing judgment is very cathartic; it delivers the same relief as masturbation. It offers calm in the immediate. It is one way. It elevates to the next step, that of seeing the lower beings as savages and you as the epitome of good.
But there are deeper questions that many of us, who remain shallow minded in our acts, fail to interrogate. This story probably has more than 4 underlying angles, which are completely unrelated to morality.
- Inequality – whether racial or gender – whichever way you want to look at it, one entity did a bend-over to another one in command. There was a master and there was a slave. That’s inequality. There is nothing moral about master and servants, even priests have altar boys to hold chalice during church service.
- Transactional sex – well, may be, by show of hands, how many of us, have on one occasion extended favors in return for a pleasant sexual feeling? What is moral about taking flowers and chocolates home in exchange for a good night ride? Moralists will argue that its romance, not transaction – buy even then, why do we also take offering to church on Sunday? Forget that I didn’t touch on 10% tithe.
- Sex tourism – On the other hand, I know of something called sex tourism. It has become synonymous to sex deviants from the west who invade our beaches for a short but blissful moment of their life. Some leave and promise to return, some stay and their wild side grows out of proportion. Anyway, by show of hands, whether black or white, how many of us go to the coast to get laid? Thank you.
- Capitalism, consumerism & the ever-unending money money money chorus. Of course, times are tough, but everyone needs an android phone. “Willing buyer- willing seller”, sealed and stamped straight from and by the president himself from the land debate. I guess the nation has all reason to tow in that direction. Why are we surprised?
Now, trigger happy moralists and the sundry, those of us who don’t care to integrate sense past the tip of the noose, when you are done with masturbating judgment onto the savages of this world, let me know how we can solve the 4 underlying things up here, and keep religion out of this conversation.