MONEY FOR NOTHING

From THE NEW VISION (Uganda):

There was excitement when a newly-wed couple turned up at the office of the bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Mityana to receive their prize for keeping their virginity till marriage.

Last year, Bishop Samuel Stephen Kaziimba of Mityana diocese launched a campaign to reward virgins to promote abstinence among the youth.

“This is Christopher and Christine Katumba of Makonzi parish, who married when virgins. My committee of senior respected women has proved that Christine was a virgin,” Kaziimba said amid cheers from priests and other diocesan leaders, who had gathered at the bishop’s office.

The couple received sh100,000 and Bibles.

At least 50 couples have been wed at the diocese since December, but only one has turned up for the prize.

COMMENT: So 49 women had to get through their weddings knowing that everyone in the congregation were thinking "She's not a virgin, then."

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MONEY FOR NOTHING — 20 Comments

  1. You can’t actually test for virginity, you can only test whether the hymen is present and that can rupture for other reasons than having sex.
    Just imagine how the poor girls feel who know they’re virgins but don’t pass the test. And what they husbands will think, knowing full well that they didn’t have sex with them.

  2. ‘My committee of senior respected women has proved that Christine was a virgin’.

    Well…, how gay is that?

  3. So 49 women had to get through their weddings knowing that everyone in the congregation were thinking “She’s not a virgin, then.”

    And with the one who did “pass” they thought, “Wow, what a loser.”

  4. wot? am I imputing western values to African cultures in a crude manner?

    I’m not saying I would think this, Mad Priest (ahem), but most these days would.

  5. Perhaps 49 couples had enough sense of their own dignity and respect for each other to refuse to be bribed or ‘examined.’

    FWIW
    jimB

  6. They take the man’s word that he has not stuck his penis into anything for sexual reasons, but the woman has to be tested.

    Yet we are criticized when we question the backwardsness of these cultures!

  7. Or do they assume that the man isn’t a virgin but it doesn’t matter because boys will be boys while women are sluts and destroy the family honour?

  8. Boaz: “How did they prove that the husband was a virgin?”

    Perhaps the same bevy of “senior respected women” get to evaluate his sexual inexperience.

    wv = herhipp
    (not what they were looking at)

  9. My guess is that the “senior respected women” flirt with the bridegroom and if he responds positively they know that, even if he isn’t a virgin, he certainly hasn’t been getting any recently.

  10. Of course they don’t examine the men. Any culture that carries on about virginity is patriarchal.

  11. Either they need to find a way to test the man or the woman should get all the money while the man gets the Bibles.

  12. Yet we are criticized when we question the backwardsness of these cultures!

    Not you, Chico.

    I nominate Dahveed for “Official OCICBW Backwards-Culture Questioner”. [Coming from that culture famous for cutting-out corazones, it takes one to know one! ;-p]