Letter to the editor

Letter to the editor

I WAS really surprised that The Phnom Penh Post, a relatively progressive newspaper, published the article “Constructive Cambodian: The effect of wearing clothes of youth” (LIFT, August 3). Dara Saoyuth’s obvious dislike of women wearing clothes different from his perceived ideal was evident, and reflected in the opinion pieces chosen to be published. Why were only women’s dress choices discussed? What about the young men of Cambodia and their fashion choices, and the effect of this on their ability to perform in class, the reaction of their peers and the effect on traffic?

For this type of one-sided, ignorant view to be published in a youth forum only perpetuates the huge disadvantage Cambodian women face.

I was appalled by the quote of San Arun, secretary of state for the Ministry of Women’s Affair,s stating that short skirts caused rape. I worry for the progress of Cambodian women if this is the type of thinking of their peak advocacy body.

I was thankful you republished Sim Socheata’s articulate letter disputing this quote, and I am here to say the same: for any violence against women, put the blame where it belongs: on the perpetrator. To be violent is a behavioural choice. Blame the man for his behavioural decisions, not the women they CHOOSE to attack.

Emily Potter RN, BNg, MNg
Sydney, Australia

MOST VIEWED

  • Serious flooding across country

    The Kampong Speu provincial Committee for Disaster Management on Wednesday issued an alert after non-stop heavy rain caused widespread flooding. In Koh Kong province, authorities are working with the disaster committee and the Cambodian Red Cross to assist those affected after more than 350 homes were

  • CNRP points to King in call for vote boycott

    Leaders of the former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have taken a new tack in their call for a boycott of the national elections later this month. They are now claiming that the people should follow the King, who is expected to abide by tradition

  • Actress’s NGO takes heat for promoting the ruling party

    An actress’s NGO which participated in an election campaign event contrary to the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organisations (Lango) has been slammed. Chorn Chanleakena, a celebrity and the president of the Association of Artists Volunteering to Help Society, allegedly led its members in

  • Troop moves ‘won’t worry people’

    Senior officials at the Ministry of Defence and National Police said on Tuesday that riot training provided to the country’s police forces were aimed at preventing unexpected demonstrations and strikes before and after the July 29 national elections. The troop mobilisation, they said, would not