Continued From Part 2
- Stella the Blamer
Stella Nyanzi has ably woven her causes –sanitary pads, for example with a well-conceived blame game which seeks to portray Mrs. Janet Museveni (and/or the powers that be) as the reason for the status quo that she is trying to expose and demean, and probably, eventually lead a revolution against.
“(Mr.) Museveni has never had menstrual blood between his legs. Janet Museveni has been bleeding for decades, and still does, if she is not yet menopausal.” Stella opined, before blaming a person as knowledgeable as her –Mrs. Museveni, and the rest of the government for enabling the missing of school by poor girls through their inability to illustrate their contribution to the education of Uganda’s girl child by providing sanitary pads for use during their menstrual cycles.
I have found, by learning from some of my closest and not-so-close girlfriends, the so called privileged ones –unfortunately, that never before in their lives has it ever mattered that another person to ever remind them to realise the necessity of sanitary pads. They were introduced, trained, and expected to know what to do when they needed it.
Stella Nyanzi concedes the same when she references her own mother’s lessons. “I started my periods when I was only nine years old. My Mother introduced me to disposable Lilia sanitary towels; and others alternatives.” She, unlike the poor girls she is a champion for, the same girls who, definitely, are not even aware of her qualifications and efforts to elevate them had an opportunity to appreciate the same cause she is fronting in 2017.
This is not in any way in defence of those girls, the same poor girls, and boys, men and women, that we all sympathise with, are the way they are, as compared to their urban dwelling, different dreams having contemporaries, because of a dearth of both information and resources, and not necessarily because of Janet Museveni’s “tiny brains” and “tiny vagina” as Dr Stella Nyanzi rants.
The drastic changes in the economy, world over, have, despite the presence of aggressive, well meaning, and like-minded companies like the sanitary pads and tampon making Always, for example, made it difficult for Ugandans and other citizens of the world to simply exist. Sadly, sanitary pads are, thus, foreign to them, these poor girls. It is, as a matter of course, a worthy cause to champion, but not one to blame another mere mortal for causing. It is, also, a situation worth acknowledging; first, before we can be write vulgarities about it. People do not even have food to eat. Their needs go beyond sanitary pads. Their self-esteem, for example, is down, too, and there are several reasons that we could name for that. I once witnessed a lady’s experience, and, at the very least, wrote Do They Have Wings? about it.
Stella The Writer
It begs the question, now more than ever before, whether she is a writer or something else.
I was rather impressed when, in 2015, I discovered and read some of her writings, as an academic. Her own Knowledge Is Requisite Power: Making A Case For Queer African Scholarship and references of her other works (there are more than 300 of these) in J. Oloka-Onyango’s Debating Love, Human Rights And Identity Politics In East Africa: The Case Of Uganda And Kenya (2015) and Mariel Boyarsky’s Staging A Conference To Expand And Reframe The University Of Washington Department Of Global Health’s Approach To Sexuality (2015) made me believe that her ground-breaking needed work because she is worth a Nobel Prize. Perhaps, someday.
However, I was, admittedly, somewhat disappointed by what I am moved to term as a neglect of her high culture, for, and her emergence on a noisy, distractive platform characterised by a low culture, such as Facebook. As such, her presence there has, if I may, watered down her aforementioned talents, and now skills, into, not the wonderful writer, that I would prefer, but, rather, we have to admit, a serial sentimentalist.
End of Part 3 of 6