Self-Praise and Gender Equality
Before the choking incident, I also read that we are going to bring a steamy French cabaret to town. It looks like Singapore is getting more and more ‘socially open’. First, there was the Neptune Theatre where topless acts are allowed. Next, bar-top dancing was permitted and touted as a sign that Singapore was ‘opening up’. Soon after, the ban on the Cosmopolitan magazine was lifted. Thanks to its cover, FHM is also probably doing brisk sales. Now, a cabaret from Paris will be coming to town. No lah, I’m not complaining….. am all for more such nude shows and magazines...heheh!
But all these cases involve a degree of nudity … of women. Funny hor, but we seem to be gauging our social openness depending on how much we accept the nudity of the female form. But talk about the same nudity in men…kenna ban, kenna AIDS, kenna bad influence, kenna conservative society (for the record, I’m straight). But I wonder whether we are being sexist? Are we really socially open if we ban gay parties on Sentosa giving the very same nudity factor as the reason? Yes, we have been a patriarchic society….but is that the way we want to continue to be in future?