Be careful what you say Mr Jones!

The women’s advocacy group National Organization for Women (NOW) has slammed as textbook “misogyny”, Minister of Education Ronald Jones’ criticism of “nakedness and exposure” on the road during Grand Kadooment.

Even though Jones had not singled out women, NOW First Vice President Mechell Marshall insisted the inference was clear, and the minister had no right to attempt to inhibit a woman’s choice to express her sexuality, especially during cultural events which permit it.

“This is misogyny raising its head again and there seems to be a rise of misogynist perspectives emerging for whatever reason. I am not sure if the minister is conscious of the gender bias in his statement. The National Organization of Women believes that women are guaranteed freedom of expression within the law. Once it is legal, a woman’s freedom of expression should be protected,” Marshall said.

Addressing Youth Explosions’ annual church service recently at the St David’s Anglican Church in Christ Church, Jones had said the level of nakedness was absolutely appalling, and he appealed to revellers to “lift the standard of respect”.

“I’m extremely appalled at some of the behaviour I’ve seen on the streets. Some of the nakedness and exposure at a time where there is supposed to be an expression of life, and revival of hope has become a very naked exposure on the streets,” he complained.

However, Marshall told Barbados TODAY the Minister of Education would better expend his energies by promoting national discourse on morality versus market demands among all of the industry players.

She also said Jones’ comments were poorly timed, and the morality debate would be more useful after the festive season.

Crop Over does not lend [itself] to a moral conversation as its construct is based on revelry. With revelry being the context I can’t see morality running parallel. They are contrasting. There is no essence of morality within the Crop Over festivities. I think persons try to maintain themselves with a sense of dignity and respect and we do advocate this because we want a society that is civil.

“We want a society where women feel valued and they value themselves; but to be patriarchal in demanding that women conform to such, ruins empowerment. Women did not create the costumes at home because Crop Over is not a cottage industry, this is costume from mainstream costume suppliers, so any conversation should be all-encompassing,” she stressed.

7 Responses to Be careful what you say Mr Jones!

  1. Greengiant June 24, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Mechell Marshall you want to tell the minister what he should say now? Why don’t you speak out against the matured and adult women preying on young women in this country?

    You and your organization over the years, while you have contributed considerably to the development of women in this country, have taken it too far left. Too far left is still not right. They’re too many issues affecting women, their children and family life particularly for you to be finding time for minister Jones and his personal opinion about the over exposure of our young females on the road, with their lewd and disgusting behaviour. If you’re saying that they have the right to dress, and behave as they please, then certainly the minister or any other person has a right to air their displeasure as well.

  2. jrsmith June 24, 2017 at 3:40 am

    Who cares ,politicians in barbados carry no respect…

  3. fedup June 24, 2017 at 6:43 am

    greengiant is a dem. lol

  4. allison archer June 24, 2017 at 7:42 am

    how could a female be value by revealing their nakedness?
    you leaders do not view their clothing display in everyday life far less at crop over?
    NOW why support such a stance at females degrading themselves, Mr. Jones says much but this time he is correct those costumes are vile and horrendous, you should encourage these women to refuse to wear them and invent a band where females could be properly attire which accentuate positive behavioral practices as a human being for the respect is gone from adults and this is being taught to our young children

    and then one usually asks how the youth get so?

  5. Mack June 24, 2017 at 8:18 am

    If you see the coke bottle glasses Mr Ronald Jones is wearing lately you would know he is having problems with his sight, and is now unable to see the beauty on the ladies bodies. Let us all pray for him!!!

  6. Tony Waterman June 24, 2017 at 10:23 am

    @Mack!!! does he want to see the beauty of the Ladies Bodies ????
    or does it annoy him ???

  7. Kevin June 24, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Is it a case of the messenger carrying the message? When the issue is brought up on the callin programs like Brasstacks their is widespread agreement that costumes are too skimpy. When Squires and West brought it up, they got support for what they were saying. Now Jones brings it up, he’s wrong for saying so. Look, times are changing, Amber Rose posed naked, showing her bush, and it was being called feminism.


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